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How big is your footprint?



A proposed quiz enabling children in the UK to measure their footprint by Andrew Bell

Have you ever seen a muddy field or path after lots of people have trampled over it? It leaves quite a mess!

By trying out this quiz you will see in what ways you are trampling on the world around you and what kind of footprint you are leaving behind.

We all tread on the world, putting pressure on it by the way we live but some of us tread on it heavily - leaving a large footprint, and some of us press down on it just a little - leaving a small footprint.

Your score at the end of the quiz will tell you whether you have a large footprint or a small footprint. The smaller your footprint the better. This means you are not trampling too heavily around the school, the community to which you belong or around the world in which you, other people, plants and animals live.

The quiz will help you understand what leads to a big footprint and what leads to a small footprint.

After the quiz you can think about and find out ways to tip toe more carefully. If you then take action to reduce your footprint you should be able to get a better score in this quiz in the future!

Now, tread your way carefully through the 'global footprints quiz'!



Please note: although the quiz 'works', as yet there is no grading (coming soon) and at the end there is a box for you to submit your comments. Also to be added is a page allowing those attempting the quiz to investigate what the best answers were to each question and why.


How do you think?
  The following set of questions is about how you think and feel abour different issues. Check only one answer that best describes you and the way you think. You must answer every question.


  1. What do you think is the most important thing about your education?

To get high scores in SATS tests and other school tests

To do well enough to keep my parents and teachers happy
To learn ways of getting better with other people and how to protect the world and make it a better place
To prepare me for getting a job when I leave - the better I do at school the better the job I can get and the more money I can make in the future


  2. Thinking about animals?
I am very worried about the number of species that are endangered and threatened with extinction
I do all I can though try and protect and save animals - I am a member of a wildlife or an environmental organisation

Pets are the most important animals and I look after my pets very well

Animals are not my thing!


3. Men and women ( possible to change men and women in positions of power)?
I think men and women are different and some types of work should only be done by men
Men should do most paid jobs outside the home because women need to look after children and do the housework
I believe men and women are equal and both should be able to do any kind of work


4. Going to war
War is good, it gives armies the chance to practice using their weapons
War is always wrong. There are always peaceful ways to solve problems
Sometimes it is necessary to to have a war to stop bad people gaining control


5. Keeping up with the news
I think learning about news stories through newspapers, magazines, the Internet or watching news programmes on TV is very important
I find out about important news from teachers
I never bother with the news, I think it is boring and not important


6. Rubbish and waste. Which do you think is the most important for reducing waste?
Re-use it
Recycle it
Make sure it all goes into black bags and into the rubbish bin
Create less in the first place


7. Rich and poor
It is good that there are some rich people, it makes the world more interesting
It is wrong that there are some very rich people when there are many people who do not even have enough to eat
It can't be helped that there are rich and poor people, it's just the way the world is.
No one needs to be poor. There is enough for everyone it just needs sharing more equally


Section 2: HOW YOU ACT

The following questions are about how you act in different situations. Click on any answer that describes you and the way you act for each situation.


8. How do you choose your friends?
I make sure I choose those friends who are of the same colour, culture or religion as me.
I choose my friends for their qualities of friendship and because we can have fun together, it does not matter what colour, culture or religion they are.


9. What kind of friend are you?
I try to be friendly to everyone even those I think do not like me.
I am only friendly to those who are friendly to me
I am a bit of a bully but I am trying to do something about it
I enjoy bullying others


10. My reaction to bullying
I turn away and ignore the situation
I join in the bullying, especially if it is against someone I don't like.
I report it immediately to a teacher on duty or member of the school council
I shout at the bully to stop at once!
I attack the bully to make him or her stop bullying


11. Helping out around the home
I do all kinds of housework - anything that needs doing
I only do the jobs I like around the house
I never help out around the house - someone else clears up after me.


12. Involvement in the local community
I am involved in a group or club which does things to help other people who live in my community
I am not involved in helping others in my community but I would like to find out how to help others
I am not involved in helping others in my community; I only care about myself and my family; no one else maters.




13. Do you separate your rubbish into different places?
yes, sometimes
Yes, always
Not very often
No never - all my rubbish goes into the bin


14. Litter bug
I drop litter on the streets - street cleaners will clear it up
I never drop litter because it makes a mess
I never drop litter because it can harm wildlife and encourage rats
I often pick litter up for recycling or putting in the bin


15. Using paper
I use scrap paper whenever possible, making sure both sides are used, then recycle it
I buy and use recycled paper
I make sure that all paper I throw away goes for recycling
I use one side of the paper and then throw it in the bin


16. Using electricity
All or most of the lights in our house are low energy light bulbs
I have asked my parents to buy me an energy efficient bulb for my bedroom for my birthday
I make sure I turn off lights when I leave a room
Leaving lots of lights on doesn't bother me


17. Using water
I leave the tap running when I clean my teeth
I have a shower instead of a bath
We have a swimming pool in the garden


18. Getting to school
I always walk or cycle to school
I come to school by bus or train
I arrive at school by car because it's the best way
I arrive at school by car because it's too far to walk or cycle and it's too difficult to get the bus or train
I share a car with other children to get to school


19. Holiday time
I often travel to another country by aeroplane during the school holidays
I usually stay at home and use the local facilities like museums, parks and playgrounds
I often travel around to different places by car
I travel to places by bus or train




20. Clothes and trainers
I buy lots of new clothes and always buy the latest fashions however expensive they are
Before I buy myself new trainers or clothes I ask myself, 'Do I really need this?'
Before I buy myself new trainers or clothes I check out the company that makes them - do they treat their workers and the environment well?
I buy mainly second-hand clothes from charity shops like Oxfam


21. Toys R me
I always ask for lots of new toys to be bought for me on birthdays and at Christmas
I make good use of the toys I have, look after them carefully, share them with my friends and family and give them to a charity or a younger brother when I have finished with them
I have a lot of second and toys bought from charity shops or jumble sales or I play with toys that my brothers or sisters don't use any more.
I always want more toys


22. Fair Trade
Many of the products in our house, like tea, coffee and chocolate, are fair trade
Sometimes my family or myself buy fair trade products
I know what Fair trade means but I prefer to buy other products because they are cheaper or tastier
I don't know what Fair trade means


section 5: FOOD AND HEALTH


23. Food glorious food
I make sure I eat at least five pieces of fresh fruit or vegetables a day
I eat lots of chips, cakes, chocolate and sweets
I eat some fresh fruit and vegetables


24. Meat and vegetables
I don't eat any meat or fish: I am a vegetarian
I eat lots of red meat (like beefburgers), chicken or fish every day
I only eat red meat, chicken or fish once or twice a week
The only meats I eat are chicken and fish


25. Fitness
I do some running around every day
I don't like exercise, it tires me out
The only exercise I get is during PE and games lessons
I am a member of a school or community sports team, e.g. football or netball team, etc.


Now it's time to...






**added to this page will be

a grading e.g. score x-x = ? footprint

a chance to see how the score was reached by looking at each question