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Everyone in my community drives to where they need to be. The problem is that we are only 25.64 sq km large. It takes approximately 20 minutes tops to walk through downtown, and about 5 minutes to get from the local market back to the suburban area of town. It would take even less time biking, which 90% of the community knows how to do. Which makes you wonder, why doesn’t everyone do this. I mean, yes it can get to about 40 degrees Celsius, but during the fall and spring the weather is very nice. We need to get out more, that would lower the town’s carbon footprint by about, oh, a lot to be frank.
If I were to live in a city that is ideal when it comes to carbon emissions, there would firstly be transportation with bio-fuel or electricity only. You don’t need to walk or ride your bike everywhere, as long as you keep CO2 emissions low by not using fossil fuel. Public buildings such as schools, hospitals, malls, grocery stores should be built with energy efficient solutions in mind. Windows as well as walls with a lot of isolation to keep the cold out in the winter, and the heat out during the summer. Not only would that keep down the emissions, but also the cost for all the households. The air and the environment in this city would be a lot cleaner, since there’s almost no exhaust from petrol cars, and the sound level of electrical cars is a lot lower. I would definitely prefer to live in a city like this. It would feel better knowing, that your house don’t have a negative impact on the climate change with you just being able to live there. Or that every time you take the bus to work, fossil oil is not wasted.
There are so many solutions out there, in progress and waiting to be discovered. The only problem is both research and restoration and renovation cost a fortune. To make an entire city eco friendly would be a huge project. But i think that’s what’s needed to be done in the future to keep the temperatures down. Give people no other better, cheaper option but to live as “eco friends”.
Hi, my name is Catherine and I’m from the United States. I agree with what you have said in your post. We have the alternatives for the harmful way that we live, its just making the switch. Cities are one of the most polluted areas in the world so we need to make the switch their first to healthier and earthfriendly methods. Its not hard to make this switch and I beleive does only take one person to make this change. It takes one person to start and than others will follow. I do believe that our time is rumming out and that creating sustainable cities in important before its too late.
Hi, my name is Elana. I currently go to high school in Oakland, California, but lived in Tempe, Arizona for 13 years before. One major logistical and cultural difference I have noticed between the two areas, is the amount of walking people do, and the amount of public transit they use. In Arizona, people almost never walk anywhere. I had friends who lived just 1 mile from our middle school, yet would have their parents drive them to and from school each day! Instead of walking to friends houses or to public transit, people would simply drive everywhere they needed to go. Although walking is not an option in the 115 degree summers, the mild winters, springs, and falls were perfectly fine conditions for walking. Another reason for the lack of walking could be the distance between housing and shopping, but this was not an issue for many. In addition, use of public transit was almost unheard of, especially with teenagers. On the other hand, people walk and use public transit as much as they can in the Bay Area. Whether spending time with friends, running errands, or getting to and from work or school, much more people walk or take public transit. Oakland and the entire Bay Area has clearly made an effort to make cities walker friendly, and make public transit an affordable and convenient option. Unlike Arizona, it is the cultural norm to walk places and use BART and buses. In conclusion, I think key components to a sustainable city are convenience and availability of public transit, as well as developments for a walker friendly layout. This could include more sidewalks, safe crosswalks, and close proximity of houses to shopping areas. Lastly, a cultural and social acceptance and encouragement of walking and public transit needs to be present for a sustainable city to succeed.
While researching on how to reduce my carbon footprint, I found out something that I had never thought about before. Groceries have a large impact on your carbon footprint. You should look for products from local manufacturers, farmers, and producers because this means that it traveled less time. The transporting of these products releasing a lot of carbon. You can help increase this cities carbon footprint by promoting local grocery products. My family goes to the grocery store to buy groceries several times a week, and buying local foods can help promote these products! Next time you go to the grocery store, check the labels to see where the products you are buying come from.
Almost all of us have to use cars or some form of transportation everyday. Cars are a big part of most people’s carbon footprint, but there are several different ways that we can reduce the driving portion of our carbon footprint. just by carpooling with one other person once a week you can dramatically reduce your carbon footprint. Even if you do not have anyone that you could carpool with there are several different things that you can do are extremely simple. You can reduce your carbon footprint just by accelerating slowly and smoothly, driving the speed limit, maintaining a steady speed, and anticipating your stops and starts. These are very minute and simple things to do but believe it or not they can actually influence your carbon footprint.
“Imagine a world in which all the things we make, use, and consume provide nutrition for nature and industry—a world in which growth is good and human activity generates a delightful, restorative ecological footprint.” -William McDonough
William McDonough, green architect and co-author to the book Cradle to Cradle, is working on this design. Today we design products in a “Cradle to Grave” system, meaning that we design our products for how they will be used without incorporating what we will do with them when we are done with them. In his proposed “Cradle to Cradle” system products are designed with the intent of what we will use them for when the product has worn. This process eliminates waste that is not compostable and puts it to as good or greater use than it had before. William McDonough believes that the fact that our products and our cities do not benefit nature as well as ourselves is a major design flaw. Don’t just listen to me tell you this, let William McDonough tell you himself by watching the video in the link below or reading the article from his website.
Receiving my carbon footprint was a big shock. I did not expect it to be so high compared to the average carbon footprint of my city. Many people in my community had a similar shock when they received their carbon footprint. When I thought about every one’s carbon footprint put together, I realized how much we need to make a change, especially living in a large city. If I were mayor of my city I would help make a change. I would increase public transit. I would build more metros, and add more buses. I would encourage people to bike and walk to work or school, and donate bicycles to those who can afford public transit. I’d also encourage people to recycle and increase the recycle pickups to 2 or 3 times a week depending of the area. I would open daily farmer markets in the city to encourage people to buy organic, biodegradable produce. Being mayor can be a difficult job, especially in a major city. I believe if they push going green, and take these actions to reduce the cities carbon footprint it would make the city a better, cleaner and more prosperous place. I think with these changes it would also make the mayors job a lot easier.