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Do you know how to “go green”?

MiCT The Niles
These ten questions test how well you understand what it takes to live an environmentally friendly lifestyle.
17.04.2019  |  Berlin, Germany
 (photo: The Niles)
(photo: The Niles)

1. What type of shopping bag is eco-friendly, paper or plastic?


2. Appliances that are turned off don’t use any electricity – true or false?


3. Approximately how much global electricity is produced from renewable sources?


4. During a long trip, you conserve more fuel by driving fast and getting to your destination sooner than you do by going the speed limit – true or false?


5. What is the most common type of debris that litters our oceans: plastic bags, plastic beverage bottles, cigarettes or food packing?


6. Which of the following sources of energy is not renewable: petroleum, hydropower, biomass or solar power?


7. Which phrase is used to make sure you reduce the amount of waste that goes into a landfill?


8. What is the biggest threat to animal populations worldwide?


9. A large proportion of human emissions comes from food production. To reduce your carbon footprint, should you eat more or less meat?


10. What is the mode of transport that has more impact on the climate than anything else?



1. None of the above. Manufacturing and disposing of both paper and plastic bags harm the environment. Bring your own reusable bag instead.

2. False. Many appliances continue to use energy for features like clocks and remote control sensors even when they are turned off.

3. Only about 10 percent of global energy comes from renewables. The remaining 90 percent comes from non-renewable sources like oil, coal and natural gas.

4. False. You save about 15 percent on fuel by driving 90 kilometres rather than 105 kilometres per hour. Properly inflated tires and a well-tuned engine also improve fuel economy.

5. Cigarettes. The Ocean Conservancy said during its International Coastal Cleanup day in September 2017, 789,138 volunteers in more than 100 countries collected over 9,000 tonnes of trash. Topping the list of items found polluting our beaches and waterways were 2.4 million cigarette butts, which contain plastic filters.

6. Petroleum. Petroleum is a fossil fuel. Coal and natural gas are other examples of fossil fuels.

7. Reduce, reuse, recycle. Buy what you need, make the most of it, and think about where it goes when you’re done. Simple!

8. Habitat loss and degradation is the most common threat to wildlife. Farming animals for meat and dairy, for example, requires space and large inputs of water and feed.

9. Meat is associated with much higher carbon emissions than plant-based food. The livestock industry is responsible for 14.5 percent of global emissions (the same as the whole transport sector).

10. Flying has more impact on the climate than anything else an individual can do. People who fly often justify their air-travel with the critical work they are doing, yet we have to halt any net growth in CO2 emissions from flights.

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