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Discussions Discussion Student footprints
Jeevin S-USA, Oct. 17, 2013

Hello, my name is Jeevin Sandhu from Oakland California. After my realization of how much excess carbon is unnecessarily released per capita in California, I tried to look up ways that could be the rational. My findings were shocking.

I found that every year Americans (just American’s alone!) throw away enough paper, cups, forks and spoons to circle the equator of the earth 300 times. In offices in America alone, the average worker throws away 500 disposable cups a year! Imagine how many office workers there are in America. Every year, America uses approximately 102.1 billion plastic bags and most of them end up in landfills. Over 7 billion pounds of PVC are thrown away and only 7 million are recycled. These facts are staggering and almost unrealistic.

I think that education is the key to controlling carbon emissions in the United States. If these astounding facts were presented to the next generation of American’s, there could potentially be a huge difference of carbon emission of future generations. If we present this information, and show the catastrophic results and ramification of our nation and world’s carbon emission change is imminent.

http://www.cleanair.org/Waste/wasteFacts.html
Jeevin S-USA
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  • jamie B USA jamie B USA Oct. 17, 2013
    I also agree with you. It is incredible how many plastic bags a family of 5 could go though. My family friends have 5 people in there family and they go food shopping and I remember last time I counted 15 bags. A lot of people don't reuse bags. I think it would make a hug difference if everyone made that little change to reuse bags. In some areas now they are charging people for bags for ten cents. Which I actually think is a great idea. It encourages people to be more carefully with the amount of plastic bags they use. I don't know where people think plastic bags go after being thrown away. I se them all over the streets. I also learned that it takes a plastic bag 10 years to discenigrate.
  • Mark K-USA Mark K-USA Oct. 17, 2013
    I completely agree with you and Ariel, we shouldn't be using plastic as much especially to hold our food, which is probably already wrapped in plastic. I really like the ideas of cities making plastic bags and extra 5 or 10 cents. In the end it really adds up. People go shopping so much it could be hundreds of dollars a year wasted on silly bags. My family has reusable bags that we bought for a dollar and we use it almost always. And if we forget it, we never use plastic. We buy paper, and we use it for recycling bags or stuff for school projects. Theres no point in plastic.
  • Daniel Oliner Daniel Oliner Oct. 19, 2013
    Hi Jeevin,
    I agree with you completely that education is the key to controlling climate change. As a student, I have not been exposed to the effects of Global-Warming enough and, if I had not researched it on my own, I would not know the severity of it. Education leads to awareness, and awareness leads to a solution to this looming problem.
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Discussions Discussion Reuse & repurpose
Erin A-United States, May 14, 2013

My belief is that, often, people are unaware of what exactly can and cannot be recycled. Because of this, people will throw away items that could easily be recycled, simply because they do not know they can. On the other hand, people will also recycle certain objects they believe can be recycled when, in reality, they cannot. While it’s good people are trying to recycle, putting unsuitable objects into the recycling ends up taking up people’s time and energy to re-separate these items. All of these issues could be remedied by posting more explicitly which objects can and cannot be recycled as well as educating people about what items can and cannot be recycled.

Erin A-United States
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  • Sophie N. - USA Sophie N. - USA May 14, 2013
    I concur, Ms. A. Education is the mother of progress.
  • Kelly Gilson Kelly Gilson May 14, 2013
    I totally agree. I often see people staring blankly at a recycling bin before placing something that is definitely recyclable in the trash. More education (by posting signs with the recycling bins) would really help.

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Discussions Discussion The Future of America’s Workforce
Megan McCausland, March 12, 2012

I’m currently in Washington DC for the Natuonal Association of Workforce Boards Forum. Join our conversation on Twitter #NAWBForum.

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Discussions Discussion THE MUSIC CONCEPTS (Australian Focus)
Greg Thwaites, Jan. 4, 2012

Welcome to my CONCEPT of music project. While I discover Einztein please download my first music app “MUSCON - PITCH” which is a work in progress

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/muscon-pitch/id452595437?mt=8
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C62 Media, Dec. 23, 2011

Nick Bilton of NYC Resistor & The New York Times on the Future of Content

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Discussions Discussion Online Learning Systems Design & Implemen…
C62 Media, Dec. 23, 2011

Derek Lomas’ Open Source Games for Learning

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C62 Media, Dec. 23, 2011

Ken Robinson’s 2nd TED Talk: “Bring on the Learning Revolution”

http://www.ted.com/talks/sir_ken_robinson_bring_on_the_revolution.html
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C62 Media, Dec. 23, 2011

Ken Robinson’s Classic TED Talk: “Schools Kill Creativity”

http://www.ted.com/talks/ken_robinson_says_schools_kill_creativity.html
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C62 Media, Dec. 23, 2011

Arthur Benjamin’s Formula for Revolutionizing Math Education @ TED

http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/en/arthur_benjamin_s_formula_for_changing_math_education.html
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C62 Media, Dec. 23, 2011

Conrad Wolfram - Teaching Kids Real Math with Computers @ TED

http://www.ted.com/talks/conrad_wolfram_teaching_kids_real_math_with_computers.html
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