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Discussions Discussion Climate Change Effects on the Ocean
Skyler W-US, Feb. 27, 2014

Hey, I’m Skyler, and I just want to start off by saying the going to the beach to enjoy the ocean is my favorite vacation I could ever take. I try and go every summer, or any time I can at all. It makes me sad to know that our oceans are beginning to be polluted and that our carbon dioxide output is ruining the oceans. I want to do everything that I can to help lower my emission level.

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Discussions Discussion Is climate change real? Is it mostly human …
Billy Angelou, Feb. 27, 2014

Climate change is first and foremost an issue because people can’t even agree on whether or not it’s an issue in the first place. Before we even get into the solutions, we all (regardless of political party) need to come to the realization that yes, climate change is real and yes, it is affecting us in ways that we can see and feel. If you still believe that the freakish weather and heat waves we’ve been experiencing have nothing to do with climate change, you might want to ask your neighbor what he or she thinks because the majority of Americans now say they believe global warming is causing these incidents.

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  • Allison C-US Allison C-US Feb. 28, 2014
    Yep. I love how people seem to adopt this ideal of selective ignorance, as if to hide the fact that they're gradually hurting the earth with their own poor decisions. Climate change is real, harmful, and unfortunate, and we need to do what we can to slow or prevent it. A good start is to just come to agreement that it's a real dilemma, and then go from there.

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Discussions Discussion Climate Change Effects on the Ocean
Lily P-US, Feb. 25, 2014

Hey I’m Lily, and I grew up on an Island off the coast of Florida, so the ocean is very near and dear to my heart, a part of me in a way. I think after I discovered my affect on the ocean, and the detrimental consequences the ocean is facing due to human emissions I was even further inspired to do whatever I can to reduce my footprint and live more sustainably. Travel was the highest emission category for me, and I hope to reduce this in the future by moving back to a place (like the Island I lived on) where things are in walking/biking distance. I unfortunately have no way currently to travel besides car because of my location. But the realization of the danger the ocean, (and rest of the planet for that matter) is in, it has become even more important to me to relocate to somewhere that I can reduce my travel emissions and live way more sustainably.

Lily P-US
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  • Heidi B-USA Heidi B-USA Feb. 27, 2014
    Lily, I too grew up on an Island. As a kid growing up in Hawaii I was outside 24 hours of the day. You don't notice the affect that we have on the environment until you are actually outside in nature's playground and see that we do. It was not an uncommon thing to see trash in the ocean, but in reality it should be uncommon. We as a generation need to step up and educate people about our affect as humans on this planet.
  • Lily P-US Lily P-US Feb. 28, 2014
    Hello Heidi! It truly is heartbreaking when people have no regard and just pollute our oceans. What people don't realize is, even when they litter on the side of the road or something, that will find its way into our water systems. I totally agree we need to educate people, because it is such and important issue.

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Discussions Discussion How low can you go?
Andrea C-US, Feb. 25, 2014

When we think of a carbon footprint we think solely of major appliances that create CO2 emissions. This is not the case; using a hairdryer everyday can contribute to the emissions overtime. It may seem like a small amount now, but when we are 50 years old it could be a large amount of emissions in our air. So, if it just means letting your hair dry naturally once or twice a week it could significantly cut down the overall emissions. There are many ways to decrease the emissions. Day-to-day tasks are some of the most that we need to decrease; many of these are using the oven less and cooking a meal all at once. I have linked two websites that help us to recognize carbon emissions as well as to help us to try and reduce certain areas in our lives that have high carbon emissions. I was shocked to see that some of what I thought was carbon reducing turned out to be about the same as a non-carbon reducing item.

http://www.energyzone.net/aboutenergy/saving-energy-at-home.asp
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Discussions Discussion How low can you go?
Tessa Stefan, Feb. 19, 2014

I expected my Carbon Footprint to be lower than the average of my country, Germany and it was. But what was really surprising, was the fact that heating with wood has such a huge impact on my footprint. But to be honest, I do not really know why because I thought it would be quite friendly since the wood we use is grown in local forests. We only heat our house during winter for approximately 5 months. Has anyone an idea why wood has such a high influence?

Tessa Stefan
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  • Katelyn Curtin Katelyn Curtin Feb. 24, 2014
    Hey Tessa,
    My name is Kate from the U.S. I think the reason your heating impact was so high is because there are other alternatives to heating that are more beneficial to the environment. Even though when you cut down trees you can plant new ones, i bet that it is thinking that you don't plant trees to replace the ones you burn. Also, a lot of places in the world don't need to heat 5 months out of the year like where i live in South Carolina it's only cold for about 3 months. I would also like to ask you a few question. Do you live in a rural area and do most people in your area use wood burners during the winter? And is it a wood burning stove?

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Discussions Discussion How low can you go?
Þórdís Ingunn, Feb. 14, 2014

To minimize your footprint you’ll have to look at what you’re doing to increase the Carbon footprint. For me, it was traveling between places and clothing. Since I live so far away from my school I could ask my friends to give me a ride. By traveling as many as you can together in as few cars as possible, you are minimizing your Carbon footprint.
Also I’ll have to have in mind that some clothes I DON’T need. I don’t have to buy them and if there are any clothes that I don’t use any more, I could make new clothes out of them or give them to poor children and adults in Africa.

Þórdís Ingunn
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Discussions Discussion Climate Change Effects on the Ocean
Gabriel Sibol Pineda, Oct. 25, 2013

Hey, my name is Gabe and I’m from California, USA. First of all, I just want to say that I was shocked when I found out what my carbon footprint was and how it affected the environment, i.e. the ocean. I was shocked to find out that the worst factor in my carbon footprint was the the food consumed by my family. Even if we ate organic meals, the calculator still said that this was the worst aspect of my footprint.
What upsets me is the fact that small things like these negatively reflect on our environment. My total footprint result was below the average from where I live in. Knowing this, I’m guessing that the ocean surrounding my home area is in bad shape.
People tend to forget that everything e do affects our surroundings. It’s because of this that our oceans are all turning acidic. With a fall on the pH scale, the ocean is becoming less suitable for calcifying organisms to live in. With a projected pH reading of 7.96 by 2050, organisms such as corals and urchin larvae are all going to eventually die out. The bodies are already getting weaker by coming into contact with carbonic acid produced from the harmful carbon dioxide in our atmosphere. We can all be directly blamed for this.
Aside from that, it is proven that these organisms’ bodies are getting smaller and less dense. The lower pH readings in the ocean mean it’s getting more acidic. The properties of acid are causing the ocean’s calcifying organisms to wither and die.
From working with my Biology class in my school, I realized that everything we do affects our carbon footprint while our footprint itself affects the lives of other organisms in the ecosystems around us, in including those in the ocean.

Gabriel Sibol Pineda
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  • Robert Ellis Robert Ellis Dec. 20, 2013
    I know how you feel Iv'e had the same experience when I realized how my footprint was I started to change in my habits.
  • Keri G Keri G Feb. 10, 2014
    Hi Robert, I was equally surprised when my results came back and the highest part of my carbon footprint was the food that my family and I were eating. Opps, better work on that!

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Discussions Discussion Is climate change real? Is it mostly human …
Maxwell Coon, Oct. 25, 2013

Many people hold onto the notion that climate change isn’t caused by humans, or isn’t happening at all. Climate change is absolutely happening, and humans are the primary cause. Scientists have theorized since the beginning of the 20th century that the use of coal and fossil fuels could have an effect on the climate of the earth. Later it was shown that carbon dioxide rising into the atmosphere traps heat that would have left the atmosphere, which causes global climate change. In the 1950’s scientists directly linked the increase in carbon dioxide in the atmosphere to the fossil fuel emissions of humans. Scientists across the world all agree that these fossil fuel emissions are the leading cause of global climate change, and there is literally no evidence that has contradicted the ideas and principles of climate change. As soon as we realize that climate change is in fact happening the sooner we can start taking steps to meet the affects it will have on the world, and try to limit the damage.

Maxwell Coon
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  • Soffía Sveinsdóttir Soffía Sveinsdóttir Feb. 12, 2014
    Hi Maxwell
    You are so right and I hate how people think that the scientist are making this thing up and that it's not the humans that are causing this because we are causing this and we have to change this.
  • Caitlin Bond Caitlin Bond Feb. 26, 2014
    Maxwell, I completely agree with you! Climate change is a very real issue that needs to be addressed soon before it becomes a problem we can no longer tackle or take control over.
  • Maddi Ownbey Maddi Ownbey Feb. 27, 2014
    Hey Maxwell, I agree with you completely. We as humans do not understand the impact we have on the environment around us. Everyone needs to figure out how to reduce their carbon footprints. Carpool, walk, ride a bike, there is so many ways to reduce using the gases that are burning away our atmosphere and are causing global warming.
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Discussions Discussion Carbon Footprint Challange
Sarah Chow, Oct. 25, 2013

Hi, I’m Sarah and I’m a freshman in California. Recently, in Biology we did the Carbon Footprint Challenge. I was a little surprised that my transportation were high while my home and purchases amount being low and my food amount being average. My transportation amount is high because I am an ice skater and so the nearest ice rink is about 20 miles away. I ice skate about 4 times a week and so this adds up. I would love to lower this rate but I’m not sure how. With my home and purchases it is average because my family tries not to use too much heat and air conditioning over the winter and summer. With purchases, I try to only buy the clothes I need and a few I want but I try not to buy too much. Also, I hate throwing away items that can be recycled so recycling also helps make my purchase’s amount average. Lastly, with food, my family likes to buy more organic food and we try to compost our remains instead of just throwing them away.

By lowering our amount of Carbon, the greenhouse gases that are affecting this world would also lessen. We are losing a lot of our environment because we pollute so much and soon, our world will become a waste land that is no longer healthy. We are starting with an increase in forest fires and an increase with the acid in the ocean. So let’s all try to decrease the amount of
carbon that we admit.

Sarah Chow
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  • Maxwell Coon Maxwell Coon Oct. 25, 2013
    Hi Sarah, I admire your efforts to reduce your carbon footprint. Recently i've cut back on my energy consumption by turning off lights when I leave rooms, and playing video games less often. Although this may not work in your case, people could try to ride their bikes to commute around, instead of driving. Another thing that could inadvertently lower someones carbon footprint would be spending less time at their house, and more time playing sports, or hanging out with friends.

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Discussions Discussion Is climate change real? Is it mostly human …
Vincent Ceja, Oct. 24, 2013

Climate Change is a huge problem that is currently happening in not just one particular part of the world, but is happening everywhere. Many people deny that it’s actually happening, but they are wrong. More than 90% of all climate change is caused by human activity. This activity causes the trend that is the “greenhouse effect.” The greenhouse effect traps radiating heat from the earth in our atmosphere. Many different gases contribute to the greenhouse effect including water vapor, carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, and chlorofluorocarbons. Human activities are to blame for the rise of this change.
In the last 150 years, atmospheric carbon dioxide levels rose from 280 parts per million to 379 parts per million. i believe that this is all because the industrialization of the world. As we expand our economy, we will create many more harmful plants and factories that slowly destroy the earth.

Vincent Ceja
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  • Christian Duffy Christian Duffy Oct. 25, 2013
    Hello my name is Christian,
    I do agree with your post for many reasons. I do believe that the greenhouse effect is a huge problem and that human activity is to blame for the rise of carbon being released. I think that simple actions such as using less electricity, carpooling, and doing simple tasks will help global warming tremendously. Its a shame that many people don't know about the huge consequences that can come from global warming.
  • Robert Ellis Robert Ellis Dec. 20, 2013
    Most people don't know that I feel the same way

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