Welcome to ECO QUIZ from Clifton High School by Mr Tom Walmsley and Ms Marie-Louise Henham.

Tom spent the last two decades working as an expedition leader and cameraman on the edge of civilisation and under the sea. Tom and Marie-Louise first worked together over twenty years ago when climate change was not well understood. At the time they were photographing killer whales in the Arctic, which had to adapt to massive changes in their habitats due to global warming.

As well as freelance work on his Bristol wide projects and Global Classroom, Tom also works with Clifton High as lead specialist on environmental education. His enthusiasm, energy and commitment to eco issues is infectious and inspires pupils to respect and protect the environment.  He is registered as one of the few local experts in UK selected by Eco Schools so you are welcome to ask advice about signing up yourselves (email).

We hope you will enjoy taking part in our quiz and learning more about environmental issues. Here is the quiz structure: -
Mouse over the hints button for tips!
There are 25 questions
There are 15 optional questions as well
The last two questions, especially, are designed as homework
Budget a minute per question minimum!

NAME (Teacher / Form / Eco club) SCHOOL EMAIL (to receive your result!!) PHONE (reception / extension?)
1. What signal should you make when you are lost to show you need help?

2. How much of the world's fresh water is available to humans (to cook, farm and drink)?

3. What is the most important thing you need to survive in the wilderness?

4. In the wild, where is it safest to drink water from?
5. Which animal is very good at breaking down natural materials and turning them into compost?

6. What is the most polluted city in the world? (According to the World Health Organization)
7. 25% of the polluted air in Los Angeles (USA) comes all the way from...

8. About how long does it take a Styrofoam cup to decompose?

More info and answer!

9. What is the most common type of rubbish that litters our oceans?

10. How many years does it take a single aluminium can to decompose?

11. When you go shopping how could you use fewer plastic bags?

12. Which organisation has this logo?

13. TRUE or FALSE? You can save energy by using window blinds carefully?

14. Which of the options below do not help save energy when using your computer?


Which household electrical appliance do you think uses the most power?

16. What would not be a good way to throw away an old fridge?

17. Energy saving light bulbs use...

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

19. Which of the following sources of energy ARE NOT renewable?

20. If you recycle a tonne of paper, how many trees are you saving?  (Here is a one ton polar bear for comparison!)


21. Recycling just two glass bottles saves enough energy to boil water for how many cups of tea?

22. If ALL of the wind around the UK coasts was harnessed for energy, how of the country's electricity would come from wind power?

23. Which impacts our environment more:  air travel or industry?

24. True OR False?   During a long car journey you will conserve more fuel by driving fast, and get to your destination sooner, rather than driving at the speed limit?

25. Why is it so important for our environment that we have trees?

26. Forests cover what % of the earth's surface?

27. Which uses less water, washing a full load of dishes by hand or in the dishwasher?

28. What % of the energy used around the world comes from renewable sources (like solar or wind energy)?

29. True or false?   It is better to leave a low energy bulb turned on all the time rather than turn it off when not in use...

30. Scientists think that in the next 100 years global warming will cause water levels in oceans to...

31. What are scientists warning might become bigger problems in the UK in the next 50 years as the climate warms?
32. If all the people in the world lived and consumed as much as we currently do in the UK - how many planets would be needed to support life on Earth?

33. True OR False?  Carbon dioxide and methane are all examples of ‘greenhouse gases’ which trap heat in the Earth’s atmosphere.

34. True OR False?  Coal burning power stations (which generate electricity) are responsible for most of the man-made carbon dioxide in our atmosphere.

35. 'Fred' the Orang utan has been visiting schools in Bristol to explain that large areas of rainforest are being cut down every month for Palm Oil plantations (farms).  This has made it hard for Fred's family to survive.   He wants to ask you to check how many products in your house have Palm Oil in!   (Check food cupboards, make-up etc)

36. How can you contribute to the conservation of animal and plant life in and near your home?

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