90 Fun Earth Day Trivia Questions and Answers for 2024

Earth Day trivia questions will test your knowledge and teach you new things. Explore interesting facts about our incredible earth and how people are working to care for it.

Fun Fact: Earth Day is the largest civic event in the world. 

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Use the table of contents to skip around. And don’t miss 7 simple ways to help the earth at the end!

Picture Quiz: Earth Day Symbols

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1. The butterfly is often seen in Earth Day pictures. What does the butterfly represent?

The butterfly is a symbol of life. It represents endurance, change, hope, and life.

2. What does the symbol in the picture represent?

Recycling to reduce waste (becoming a circular economy)

3. Most of our images of Earth come from where?

Pictures taken in outer space

4. When someone talks about your “environmental footprint,” what are they talking about?

The total negative effect that a person, company, activity, etc. has on the environment.

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What are these images a symbol to represent?

Tree: Symbolizes the importance of environmental conservation, including planting trees.

Water Droplet: Emphasizes the importance of clean water conservation and protection of water ecosystems.

Bicycle: Encourages eco-friendly transportation. It highlights the benefits of reducing carbon emissions.

Eco-Friendly Vehicle Icon: It represents the promotion of sustainable transportation and reducing carbon emissions.

graphics about saving energy

What are these images symbols of?

Energy-efficient light bulbs have become a symbol of sustainable living and environmental consciousness.

Co2: The CO2 symbol represents carbon dioxide. It is a greenhouse gas that contributes to climate change. Monitoring and reducing CO2 emissions are crucial for environmental conservation and mitigating the impacts of global warming.

Wind Turbine Icon: Signifies the use of clean and renewable energy sources.

Reusable Shopping Bag: Represents the need to keep plastic bags out of the environment

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Easy Earth Day Trivia Questions

13. Earth Day is celebrated on what date every year?

April 22nd

14. What is the purpose of Earth Day?

Earth Day raises awareness of the need to protect Earth’s natural resources for future generations. 

15. What color is often associated with Earth Day?

People worldwide wear green on Earth Day, but blue is also popular. Green represents grass, trees, bushes, leaves, etc. Blue represents water.

16. What is the most popular Earth Day activity?

Planting trees

17. What is the most popular movie watched on Earth Day?

The Lorax (See more inspirational kids movies)

18. Earth is considered the ___________ planet.

you could say:

  • blue
  • green
  • living

19. What percentage of American schools do something special to celebrate Earth Day?


20. What percentage of the earth is covered in water?


21. Which two U.S. cities have the largest Earth Day celebrations every year? (Hint: They are located on opposite coasts)

New York City and San Francisco

22. Minecraft, a popular videogame, has an Earth Day version that teaches players about what?

recycling and biodiversity


Interesting Trivia About Earth

This environmental trivia will teach you all about the world’s greatest wonders and resources.

fun facts and interesting trivia about Earth Day

23. How old is Earth estimated to be?

Earth is about 4.5 billion years old. (American Museum of Natural History)

24. Since the first Earth Day, animal species worldwide have declined by how much? (Hint: It’s a percentage)

25. What are Earth’s largest living structures? (Hint: they’re found in the ocean)

Coral reefs. They are underwater ecosystems that play a vital role in the ocean as well as protecting coastlines.

26. How much of the earth’s water supply is safe for human consumption?

Less than 1%

27. Riddle: What are these?

  • They produce over 40% of our oxygen.
  • They cover 30% of Earth’s land surface
  • They absorb 8 Gigatonnes of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere each year.


28. How many billions of trees are cut down each year?

Approximately 15 billion

29. How much of the plastic waste created by humans is still in the environment?

About 80%

30. How many days does it take Earth to orbit the sun?

365 days to complete one entire orbit around the sun. (We call this orbit a year)

31. By 2050, there will be more trash than _________ in the ocean.


32. The Earth is tilted 23.4 degrees on its “axis” which is an imaginary straight line through the middle of the planet. What does this tilt cause?

The seasons

33. A third of all animal and plant species could be extinct in the next ________ years. 


34. The Earth is not only tilted on its imaginary axis, but it also spins. What do we have because of this rotation?

Daytime and nighttime

35. The Earth’s atmosphere is mostly made up of what two elements? (Hint: This allows us to breathe.)

Oxygen and nitrogen

36. Since the first Earth Day, how much of the world’s tropical forests have been destroyed?

Half (50%)

37. The Earth is made up of how many layers?

Three: the core (center), mantle, and crust (the top layer)

38. For many years it was thought that Earth was the center of the universe. We now know what is?

The sun

39. Since the first ever Earth Day, the annual temperatures in the US have ________ by 0.45°F per decade.


40. About 250 million years ago, the continents were all connected in a massive land mass. What was this called?


41. How much of the coral reefs worldwide have been destroyed?

Between 25-50%. Coral reefs are under threat from a range of environmental factors, including ocean acidification, rising temperatures, and global warming.

42. Humans on Earth are 93 million miles away from the Sun. It takes ______ minutes for sunlight to reach us.

8 minutes (and 19 seconds)

43. What is the Great Pacific Garbage Patch?

A collection of trash in the North Pacific Ocean (between Hawaii and California). It covers an area twice the size of Texas.

44. About how much of Earth’s freshwater is locked in the polar ice sheets of Antarctica?

About 90%

45. What country is the top trash-producing country in the world?

The United States

46. Earth’s biggest rainforest is where? It’s 2.6 million square miles – three times as big as the country of Monaco.

The Amazon (South America)


True or False Earth Quiz

True or false Earth Day quiz questions

47. The Earth is round.

False: The Earth isn’t actually round. Earth’s rotation causes the planet to bulge at the equator and flatten at the poles. Plus, the distribution of mass (which is not perfectly uniform) causes small variations in the gravitational pull across the planet.

48. Humans use about 30% more natural resources today than we did 30 years ago.

False: About 50% more

49. April 22nd was chosen for Earth Day because organizers wanted college students to participate. This date fell between spring break and final exams.


50. Every year, Earth Day has a different theme.


52. A cardboard box can be recycled about two times.

False: About seven times

51. Earth Day was originally supposed to be a single event, but it became so popular that it continued to be held every year after. 


53. Earth Day is the most popular secular observance in the world. 


Fun Fact: Earth Day was almost called ‘Environmental Teach-in’.


Multiple Choice Earth Day Trivia

Next, this Earth Day trivia quiz gives you options!


Multiple choice Earth Day trivia questions for kids game

C) at least 4,000 years

55. Throughout its lifetime, how many single-use plastic bags can one reusable bag take the place of?

A) 600

B) 6

C) 6,000

D) 60

A) 600

56. Earth Day was founded by Gaylord Nelson in what year?

A) 2000

B) 1980

C) 1970

D) 1963

C) 1970

57. What government agency was formed because of the rallies that occurred on the first Earth Day?

A) National Park Service

B) United States Environmental Protection Agency

C) U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

D) United States Department of the Interior

B) United States Environmental Protection Agency

58. How many people showed up on the first Earth Day?

A) 300,000 people

B) 2 million people

C) 300 people

D) 20 million people

D) 20 million people

59. Every year, the EarthX Expo (one of the largest environmental gatherings of its kind) is held in what city?

A) Dallas, TX

B) Charleston, SC

C) New York City, NY

D) Sacramento, CA

A) Dallas, TX

60. Earth Anthem has been translated into how many different languages?

A) 150

B) 25

C) 500

D) 50

A) 150

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61. What is the theme for this year’s Earth Day?

A) Invest in Our Planet

B) Mobilize the Earth

C) Planet Vs Plastics

D) A Billion Acts of Green

C) Planet Vs Plastics

62. What was last year’s theme?

A) Invest in our Planet

B) Green Cities

C) End Plastic Pollution

D) Trees for the Earth

A) Invest in our planet

63. What are some of the biggest issues facing our planet?

A) Pollution

B) Deforestation

C) Global Warming

D) All of the above

D) All of the above

64. Every day, how many pounds of trash does each person generate?

A) About 5 pounds

B) About 1 pound

C) About 3 pounds

A) About 5 pounds of trash

65. Earth is home to how many different species of plants and animals?

A) 2 million

B) 100 million

C) 8.7 million

D) 1 billion

C) 8.7 million

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Hard Earth Day World History Trivia

Finally, this Earth Day trivia is challenging. Find out who the expert is when answering these quiz questions!

66. What organization planted a historic moon tree to celebrate Earth Day in 2009?


67. In Panama, how many endangered orchid species were planted on Earth Day?


68. How many people participated in Earth Day in 2023?

More than 1 billion

69. True or False: Earth has Day inspired multiple congressional Acts to be passed.

True! Just a few are the Clean Air and Clean Water Acts passed in 1970, the Conservation and Recovery Act, and The Toxic Substances Control Act

70. In 2011, how many million trees were planted in Afghanistan on Earth Day?

28 million

71. In 2020, Earth Day Network pledged to plant 7.8 billion trees. What is “Earth Day Network”?

A civic organized founded on the premise that all people, regardless of race, gender, income, or geography, have a moral right to a healthy, sustainable environment. The Earth Day Network pursues this mission through education, public policy, and activism campaigns.

72. In 2011, the Green Ribbon Schools Award was launched to celebrate schools that do what?

Actively aim to reduce their environmental impact. 

73. In 2009, the United Nations renamed April 22nd as ___________________. The United States has not adopted this new name. 

International Mother Earth Day

74. In 2012, over 100,000 people rode bikes on Earth Day. What was the purpose of riding bikes?

To reduce CO2 emissions from cars.


easy and hard questions to ask about the environment and world


76. Protestors from what war inspired the creation of Earth Day?

The Vietnam War

77. Since 2010, trees have been planted in how many different countries for Earth Day?


78. Who was the first president to celebrate Earth Day? (Hint: it happened in 1971)?

Richard Nixon

79. In 2000, what famous actor served as Chair of Earth Day?

Leonardo DiCaprio

80. On Earth Day in 2007, the Palmer Station research station in Antarctica cleaned the underwater trash left behind by what?

Early expeditions to Antarctica

81. In 2013, Aveda set the __________ for the most charitable funds raised in 24 hours and dedicated it to Earth Day. 

Guinness World Record

82. In 2016, the goal for Earth Day was to plant one tree for every _______ on Earth. 


83. On Earth Day in 2021, the NBA planted three trees for every _______ between April 22 and April 25th that year. 

three-pointer made

84. The Endangered Species Act was created how many years after the first Earth Day?

Three years

85. The 50th anniversary of Earth Day, in 2020, was celebrated __________ because of COVID-19.


86. How many universities took part in the first Earth Day celebration?

Over 1,500

87. In 2019, the company Citi Bike offered everyone the chance to ___________ on Earth Day.

use their bikes for free

88. In 2020, Earth Day Global Halt was launched to address environmental issues through what medium?


89. In 2022, 799 people from different schools and organizations set a Guinness World Record for the most people watering plants in ____________. 

multiple venues simultaneously

90. About how many tons of plastic ends up in the ocean every year?

At least 14 million tons of plastic end up in the ocean every year (source)

Fun Fact: In 2020, the Climate Literacy Campaign was launched to make learning part of the curriculum for schools worldwide. 

7 Easy Ways to Honor Earth Day

Celebrate with one of these great actions!

  • Use reusable shopping bags
  • Recycle
  • Walk to school or work
  • Donate stuff you don’t want anymore
  • Refill and reusable water bottle
  • Plant a tree

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