Hello, everybody! My name is Camilla and I live in Sweden. After I found out my environmental footprint I was surprised and thoughtful. My score was significantly lower then my region’s average score of 7305kg of carbon dioxide release. My result was only 4684kg. Even if my footprint accidentally happened to be lower than average, it is still positive, at least for my ego. After some analysis concerning why it was so low I came to the excellent conclusion: I do not waste resources.
I do not go shopping so often, I turn the lights off when leaving a room, I do not let the water flush while I brush my teeth, I do not spend hours in the shower every day etc. I believe it is all these small every day tasks that matters the most for the environment because they simply are so many. There is so many minor differences you can change in your lifestyle to make it more environmental and to get a better conscious about yourself. It is important to enjoy life and not exaggerate about the environment but it is also of vital meaning to think about others in other countries and to help the world by contributing with a sustainable lifestyle. It is not that hard. You do not have to stop showering and become a vegetarian for lifetime but just by considering how you use the earth’s resources could make a big difference.
My highest carbon dioxide release was the topic food. It is not news that the world’s food production has become a huge environmental threat and issue. Deforestation, starvation, poverty, carbon dioxide releases, animal cruelty, lack of standards and moral are only a few of the consequences of the worldwide growing food production. Especially the meat production (for more info: http://www.landroots.org.uk/, http://woods.stanford.edu/environmental-venture-projects/consequences-increased-global-meat-consumption-global-environment) is expected to DOUBLE by the year 2020! This is insane! How is that even going to work? The human population is getting bigger and bigger, how are we going to be able to produce enough food without harming the environment?
To solve this upcoming, or already ongoing to be exact, serious complications we must start being sustainable and stop thinking about only the economic gains. We must think and consider how we would want the world to look for our grandchildren and further on in the future generations. It wont be a nice place for them to live on if we continue in the same speed and method as we do today. Even if we become rich during our lives it is simply not worth it, destroying our only world. I do not believe that if the whole world converted to vegetarianism would make the world a paradise. It will not work that way, changes must be done slowly but firmly. One aspect about the food production is that SOOO much food is produced and SOOO much food is thrown away, before being used. It is a total waste and it affects our environment massively. This is a smart list containing 10 tips how to reduce your food waste at home! homehttp://www.thedailygreen.com/going-green/community-tips/reduce-food-waste-460708