The Plastic Pirates Quiz 2023
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Are you a real Plastic Pirate? With the Plastic Pirates Quiz 2023, school classes and individuals tested their knowledge about the Plastic Pirates and Plastic pollution. The quiz was open from 17 November to 17 December 2023.

Have you done the Plastic Pirate Quiz?

The Plastic Pirates Quiz period is over and the winners have been notified via email. We are thrilled that many people and school classes from all over Europe did the quiz.

Special congratulations go out to the winning school class from Austria, who were the only ones to solve the quiz without any mistakes – what an amazing success!

A big thank you to everyone who did the Plastic Pirates Quiz! We hope you enjoyed it and maybe you learned some new facts about plastic pollution and the Plastic Pirates Projects as well. Below you can see the correct answers printed in green.

1)The "Plastic Pirates" are a citizen science initiative in which school classes and youth groups are called upon to collect litter along river systems and collect data about it. When and in which country was the "Plastic Pirates" project launched? (Only one possible answer)

a) 2014 in Portugal

b) 2018 in Slovenia

c) 2020 in Italy

d) 2016 in Germany

2) Since the launch of the Plastic Pirates - Go Europe! initiative, many European countries have already decided to join. Which of the following countries is NOT (yet) involved in Plastic Pirates? (Only one possible answer)

a) Belgium

b) Austria

c) Denmark

d) Hungary

3) In a plastic pirate collection, participants are divided into four groups that follow different tasks. What is the task of group B? (Only one possible answer)

a) Exploring possible sources of waste in the area and taking photos of them.

b) Exploring floating waste in the river with a special microplastic net.

c) Exploring the variety of waste on the riverbank with the help of a waste sorting station.

d) Exploring the litter on the riverbank with the help of setting up transect points.

4) Our oceans are the largest habitat on our planet and are still considered unexplored in many parts. Which facts about the oceans are correct? (Several possible answers

a) The oceans cover more than 70 per cent of the Earth's surface.

b) The deepest point of the ocean is called “Challanger Deep” at about 17,000 metres.

c) More than half of the oxygen in the Earth's atmosphere is produced by plankton (phytoplankton).

d) The Great Barrier Reef is the largest coral reef system in the world.

5) The terms macro- and microplastic play a major role in the Plastic Pirates collections. Which statements are correct? (Several possible answers)

a) Macroplastics are plastic parts that are larger than four millimetres.

b) Examples of macroplastics are: Fishing nets, water bottle lids, lighters.

c) Microplastics, which are formed by fragmentation of larger objects, are called secondary microplastics.

d) Nanoplastics are smaller than bacteria.

6) In May 2021, the EU Commission adopted the EU Action Plan "Towards Zero Pollution for Air, Water and Soil". What are the main objectives of this action plan to be implemented by 2030? (Several possible answers)

a) Reduce plastic waste in the ocean by 80% ...

b) Reduce marine plastic waste by 50% ...

c) ... and microplastic released into the environment by 30%.

d) ... and microplastics released into the environment by 40%.

7) What are the main goals of the Plastic Pirates - Go Europe! initiative? (Several possible answers)

a) To collect and document litter on the banks of European rivers.

b) To support research on riverine pollution in Europe.

c) To raise awareness of the importance of rivers as a common lifeline.

d) To motivate people to buy more plastic items.

8) The results of the plastic collection campaigns are published openly for all to see. This is done by the Plastic Pirates in accordance with the so-called FAIR principles. But what do the FAIR principles mean? (Only one possible answer)

a) findability, accessibility, interoperability, and reusability

b) fair, air, irregular and right

c) fine, accurate, implementable and rigorous

d) fair = fair

9) Who can view and use the results and data of the Plastic Pirates? (Several possible answers)

a) Policy makers

b) Scientists

c) Students and pupils

d) Teachers

10) The Plastic Pirates - Go Europe! initiative is a citizen science project. Which facts about "Citizen Science" are correct? (Several possible answers)

a) Citizens become scientists and researchers themselves and collect scientifically usable data.

b) Citizen Science is only limited to cities and urban areas.

c) Participating citizens must have an academic education.

d) Citizen Science has already contributed to important scientific discoveries, such as the discovery of new species.

11) Microplastics can now be found almost everywhere in the environment. What is the source of most microplastics on land? (Only one possible answer)

a) Tyre abrasion

b) Washing textiles

c) Cosmetics, detergents and cleaning products

d) Disposable packaging

12) What are sensible ways to save plastic and waste in everyday life? (several possible answers)

a) Buy unpacked food

b) Repair everyday items instead of throwing them away

c) use bars of soap instead of liquid soap

d) Use glass bottles

13) Which of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) specifically addresses the protection of seas and oceans and underwater life? (Only one possible answer)

a) SDG 12

b) SDG 13

c) SDG 14

d) SDG 15

14) The European Union wants to limit the production and use of single-use plastic products. Which of these objects are among the 10 most common single-use plastic products found on European beaches? (several possible answers)

a) Balloons

b) Cotton buds

c) Cigarette butts

d) Wet wipes

15) There are already numerous approaches to recycling plastic waste. Companies and start-ups, for example, use collected plastic to manufacture new products. In "GOT BAG", the plastic parts collected from the sea and coastal areas as part of a clean-up programme are partly used to make backpacks. Which facts about "GOT BAG" are correct? (several possible answers)

a) The GOT BAG clean-up programme takes place in India.

b) GOT BAG's clean-up programme takes place in Indonesia.

c) About 15% of the collected plastic is recycled into textiles for GOT BAG backpacks.

d) About 25% of the collected plastic is recycled into textiles for the GOT BAG backpacks.

16) The Plastic Pirates are part of the EU mission "Restore our Oceans and Waters". Which oceans and waters are the regional focal points of Mission Ocean as "lighthouses"? (several possible answers)

a) Pacific

b) Mediterranean Sea

c) Red Sea

d) North Sea and Baltic Sea