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Discussions Discussion Carbon Footprint
Benjamin Lewis, Oct. 21, 2013

Hello! I am a freshman high school student living in the US. My biology class recently took part in the carbon footprint calculations. I was surprised to see the difference of my footprint compared to the average. My CO2 emissions alone were more then the average total. This is making me seriously think about what I put into the air.

Another thing I thought was interesting was the caloric intake. I never thought the food I eat could have an effect on the environment as much as it did.

Benjamin Lewis
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Discussions Discussion Off the table?
Cameron M- United States, Oct. 10, 2013

Transportation was definitely one of the highest contributors to my carbon footprint. But obviously, I can’t give up transportation. The average number of miles a person travels in a year ranges from 7000- 12000 miles per year. This is a pretty high number, but I understand that everything adds up. I have to travel to school each day and I don’t live close enough to travel by bike. It doesn’t help that there isn’t a bus system either. It is a pretty long drive to my school (about 30 minutes), but I at least carpool with one of my friends. And to make matters even bigger, my family and I travel quite a bit. We go on vacation about 4 times a year, which contributes quite a bit to the carbon footprint. Also, most of my relatives live in California and it takes releases a lot of carbon dioxide to get there. And we travel even more to visit my siblings that are in different colleges all around the country. Of course there are ways to decrease the amount of co2 though, including driving environmentally friendly cars, and I can try to ride my bike to places that are a little closer. But transportation is pretty much off the table for my family, just like for a lot of other people.

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Discussions Discussion Student footprints
Justyna C, May 11, 2013

Hi!
My name is Justyna. I am from Poland. My total footprint is 5359kg of CO₂ per year. My result is less than my class total footprint result( 7677 kg CO₂). My lowest category is “Transport”. I am surprised but I live very close to my school so I don’t need to go to the center too often. My highest category is “Home” probably because I and my family spend a lot of time in home . I very like playing on my computer and watching anime so I spend there too much time. My house is big and we heat months of the year. We use fluorescent bulbs in whole my house so it is not bad :P

Justyna C
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  • Dylan P Dylan P May 14, 2013
    What is your primary mode of transportation that your total for that category is so low? Do you mostly travel by foot or by bike?

    My transportation total is also lower than my class - 1779 kg, with the average being 2443 kg - but I think that the only reason it is like that is because I hardly ever am in the car alone and I use my bike as often as I can for transportation (something very, very uncommon in my area of he US). And yet, it is probably considerably higher than your transportation average.
  • Liliah Andrews Liliah Andrews May 15, 2013
    My transportation was also lower than the majority of my classes score. I don't really go anywhere, but I do ride a bus to school. I love anime! I spend too much time on the computer too! :3
  • Justyna C Justyna C May 20, 2013
    What type anime u like? U have myanimelist.net ?
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Discussions Discussion Student footprints
Katarina E, May 9, 2013

Hello everyone!
My name is Katarina and I live in small village near town Požega in Croatia. I calculated my footprint and it is 5210 kg per year which is below the average in Croatia. I thought that my transportation will be largest consumer of CO2 because I live far away from school and I need to travel by bus every day so I was suprised when I saw that I produce most of CO2 in home category. My consumption of CO2 in home is about 1000 higher than in my country. I think that it is because I live in village so I have big house and lot of rooms. My computer and TV are ON about 7-8 hours mostly because I have 5-years old sister and she watch cartoons on TV an computer at the same time so it spends lot of electricity together with with bulbs for light. In my house some bulbs are energy-saving and some of them are regular.
This footprint challenge change my way of looking on pollution problems in world. Now, I’m aware what are my mistakes and I will give my best to fix and change them, talk with my familiy about that so that we together reduce our CO2 footprint. I hope I’ll be succesful in that and become more responsible citizen of our wonferful world.
Best regards for people all around the world! :-)

Katarina E
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  • Jessica Ramzy Jessica Ramzy May 9, 2013
    I agree with you about how this challenge helped me become aware of my mistakes. I also had the same problem with transportation because I also live far away from my school. It's really great how your footprint is below the average of your country because this means that you aren't producing a huge amount of CO2 that could damage the environment.
  • Alia El Sabrout Alia El Sabrout May 9, 2013
    Hi Katarina! I was actually very impressed by the fact that your carbon footprint was below average. However, I was even more impressed by the fact that you thought of ways to decrease your already low carbon footprint in the categories you find higher than average. You are a great role model and I will be looking up to you, trying to decrease my own carbon footprint. The world needs more responsible citizens like you for it to prosper and develop as a whole, becoming cleaner than it is now and remaining that way for the future generations.
  • Katarina E Katarina E May 10, 2013
    Hi Jessica and Alia! I'm very glad that my CO2 is below the average. I will try to reduce it and become example to others. Greetings and good day ;)

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Discussions Discussion Student footprints
Michelle Morton, May 7, 2013

Hello everyone! My name is Michelle, I am from the United State, and I live in Mooresville, North Carolina, and I am 17 years old. My carbon footprint is 10, 529kg of CO2 per year. My footprint is actually below average for my country, which surprised me. I thought I would be at least average, if not more, when it came to our overall footprints. My highest is my home energy, which is 5,151 kg of CO2 per year. This high number comes the water that we use and the amount of time that we use lights in our house. To decrease the size of my carbon footprint I could decrease the amount of time I spend in the shower, remembering to turn off lights when I leave a room, and only using the amount of lights necessary for the house.

Michelle Morton
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  • Yosr Abdel Bary Yosr Abdel Bary May 7, 2013
    Your recommendations are really useful, considering the fact that most of the time we leave lights turned on around our houses and we don't even know it which affects our Carbon Footprint negatively, as well as that you are completely right decreasing time spent in the shower. Not only that but we could also make sure that we don't leave the water running when we are brushing our teeth!
  • Dimitrios Theodoridis Dimitrios Theodoridis May 8, 2013
    Most of the waste energy in a home comes from every thing that radiates energy such as hot water, kitchen, lights, heating. If you try to reduce them and all the others you have mentioned then you will manage to save a lot of energy. Also, you could use solar panels or replace light bulbs with Fluorescent light bulbs.

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Discussions Discussion Student footprints
Steffi S_Spain, Feb. 18, 2013

Hi, my name is Steffi and I’m from Denia, Spain. My total footprint is 13121 kg of CO2 per year, compared to an average of 6968 kg for Spain.

You: Your Region:
Transportation: 5835 kg 1885 kg
Home: 3716 kg 1462 kg
Food: 3142 kg 2620 kg
Purchases: 428 kg 1001 kg

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Discussions Discussion My Carbon Footprint
Juan Maquilon, Oct. 9, 2012

For transportation, my average was about 366 kg and the average in my region for transportation was 3447 kg. For home my average was 4000 kg and the average in my region for home usage is 5065 kg. For food my average is 4213 kg, the average in my region for food is 2996 kg. My average was 850 kg,the average in my region is 1606 kg.

Juan Maquilon
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Emily Nelsen, Jan. 25, 2011

Great website for kids to learn about climate change and making a different. Full of educational links, mini lessons, and games!

http://www.epa.gov/climatechange/kids/index.html
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Emily Nelsen, Jan. 25, 2011

A fun activity and way of sharing how you are trying to make a difference!

http://www.epa.gov/pick5/
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Emily Nelsen, Jan. 25, 2011

This is a advertisement campaign for reducing CO2. Very nicely put together. There are so many simple ways to cut down our emissions on a daily basis.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IXSKJC6CfXE&feature=player_embedded
Emily Nelsen
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