This is a reading comprehension lesson to test
your ability to understand information written in
English. Read the information below
and then answer the 5 test questions.
if you cannot understand something on this page,
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Earth Day is an annual event, celebrated on April
22, on which events are held worldwide to demonstrate
support for environmental protection. It was first
celebrated in 1970, and is now coordinated globally by the
Earth Day Network, and celebrated in more than 192 countries
In 1969 at a UNESCO Conference in San Francisco, the date
proposed was March 21, 1970, the first day of spring in the
northern hemisphere. This day of nature's equipoise was
later sanctioned in a Proclamation signed by Secretary
General U Thant at the United Nations. A month later a
separate Earth Day was founded by United States Senator
Gaylord Nelson as an environmental teach-in first held on
April 22, 1970. Nelson was later awarded the Presidential
Medal of Freedom Award in recognition of his work. While
this April 22 Earth Day was focused on the United States, an
organization launched by Denis Hayes, who was the original
national coordinator in 1970, took it international in 1990
and organized events in 141 nations. Numerous communities
celebrate Earth Week, an entire week of activities focused
on environmental issues.
This holiday becomes more important every year as the
temperature of the planet continues to go up as a result
of global warming. Please do everything you can in your
country to get your elected officials to change laws to
deal with problem.
the information above. In the test questions
below choose which is the best answer for each
question. There are 5 questions. Good luck.
1. Earth Day is which
type of event?
a. an annual event
b. a weekly event
c. a pagan event
d. a religious event
2. Earth Day was first
celebrated in which year?
3. Where was the UNESCO
Conference in 1969 held?
a. San Diego
b. Los Angeles
c. San Juan Capistrano
d. San Francisco
4. Which date was
proposed at the UNESCO Conference?