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Discussions Discussion Carbon Footprint and Economic Crisis
Arya Ha, Feb. 10, 2014

Europe used to be a powerhouse during the 20th century. Every since the industrial revolution, Great Britain, France, Germany, Italy, and other European countries used a lot of nonrenewable resources such as coal. Today, the rain is slightly acid. The European economic crisis affects the economy and makes people want to use more energy in order to bring the country back to power. People will want to go with nonrenewable because it is easy to obtain. Living with less money does mean less CO2. However the entire aspect is dependent on the personal interest on living conditions.

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Kate M, Feb. 10, 2014

From my understanding of economics, there seems to be a complex relationship between affluence and carbon emissions. Generally speaking, those with more money can afford certain luxuries, perhaps above all air travel, greatly contributing to their carbon footprint. At the same time, however, those in the upper-middle and upper classes have certain opportunities to reduce their emissions in ways that those living close to or below the poverty line do not. Those who lack economic security are often forced to eat foods that contribute the most emissions because fast food is dominated by meat products and organic food products are generally too expensive. At the same time, however, those living in extreme poverty in more rural areas, especially agricultural communities, have some of the lowest footprints because meat production without subsidies and economies of scale is really expensive. Those in the upper class can also afford to install green appliances and buy more expensive cars with higher fuel efficiency.

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Caroline M, Feb. 10, 2014

I just saw my carbon footprint, and I am from California. I was shocked by the amount of water I used. I think that I should take shorter showers and not use my hot tub as much. I think that I should not shower everyday because I don’t really need to and it is better for your hair anyways. We are in a drought so it is very important to conserve water so I am gonna start!

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Garett Amber, Oct. 24, 2013

I recently took the carbon foot print challenege, I am from California,USA. I scored rather low for my countries average but i feel after looking at other less devolped or less wealthy countries have way lower CO2 release averages.It becomes apparent that unless they have just an absurd amount of people like say India or China, that money has a huge effect on that areas CO2 releases. I feel that european economic crisis both hurts and helps the envioronment in several diffferent aspects.
One aspect in a negative way is the fact that most people in poor areas are fueling their homes with non eco friendly fuels unlike say a wealthier family who may use solar panels which are far more expensive. Though not all effects of this crisis are bad withless money people often walk, bike or try to find cheaper ways of transportation which greatly reduces CO2 emissions. Another thing that poorer countries may do which greatly reduces the amount of CO2 is the way they eat cheaper foods with probably far less meat and other foods which are packaged in a non environmentally friendly way.Despite being an extreme hardship it is evident that poverty can be linked to less of an enviornmental impact because of the way or living closer to the land and relying on less unnatural expensive things.

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Athina D-Greece, Oct. 11, 2013

Hello everyone!!!My name is Athina and I live in beautiful Greece. My school and I participate in this international research aiming at sharing our opinions with other students. My carbon footprint is 6747 kg , lower than the average footprint of Greeks. My carbon footprint is low for a number of reason
• I use my bike for small distances
• We don’t use the air-conditioner for heating or cooling because we have insulated from the north side of my home and have large openings on the south side. In summer we pull down the shutters
• We use compact fluorescent bulbs
• We have solar panels installed on the roof
• We have double glazing
• We grow organic vegetables and fruits
So, if you want to reduce your carbon footprint ….just follow my footprint.

Athina D-Greece
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  • Rebecca Weisel Rebecca Weisel Oct. 14, 2013
    Hi Athina! I live in the USA and my carbon footprint is a lot higher then yours, mine is 17632 kg. 4126 kg from transportation, 9303 kg from home energy, 3745 kg from food and 458 kg from purchases. My carbon footprint is a little less then average of the USA. I think the USA is a big problem for the environment because of people like me and people who are worst then me because we just use what we want and we don't realize what we are doing to the environment. But I think if the USA was more like Greece then the environment would become better because there are a lot of things Americans can cut back on that aren't necessary to survive.
  • Brendan D. Brendan D. Oct. 19, 2013
    Wow…This kinda scares me. I live in San Francisco, where the average footprint is 9727 kg on average per year. My average release levels per year turned out to be more than that—around 10835 kg per year. My transportation releases were lower than average at 1997 kg per year; my home emissions were well above average—3757 kg per year—at 4959 kg per year. My food-related emissions were above average at 3224 kg per year. Purchases was my smallest source of emissions—only 654 kg, which was well under average. I do use fluorescent bulbs in my house, but we use our air conditioning and heater quite often. However, we have begun to cut down on use of our in-house system and turned to just one smaller in-room unit in the kitchen because we could just open the windows or dress warm when in the back of the house. This has lowered our use of electricity. Looking at what seem to be your life habits, I feel inspired to strive to live like that—I'm not sure about the garden, though because we don't have room, but biking seems to be an appealing alternative to driving everywhere. You have my congratulations! Keep working hard to preserve both the Earth and the life on it.
  • Athina D-Greece Athina D-Greece Oct. 20, 2013
    First of all thank you for your congratulations!!!As reference my carbon footprint is lower because i live in a village so the transportation is smaller than yours.

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olga d, Oct. 11, 2013

Hi, I am Olga and I come from Greece. Here are some easy tips everyone can follow to reduce their carbon footprint and help the environment.
1) Turn off the water tap when you wash your teeth or have a shower.
2) Wash clothes in cold water
3) Eat more locally produced, organic food
4) Turn off the lights , pc and dvd’s when not using
5) Use double glazing
6) Use less air-conditioning

olga d
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  • vince vince vince vince Oct. 14, 2013
    That is also a lot little things we can do to decrease our carbon footprint.
    For at home,we should spend less time in showering and I will try not to use computer and watch TV at the same time.When we are not using our computer,we should unplug the plug from the electrical outlet to save energy.Turn off the light when we do not really need it.

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Gracie M-United States, Oct. 10, 2013

I live across the pond in Houston, Texas, and am very curious about how the Euro Zone’s economy has a connection to carbon footprints. Speaking firsthand, the United States is pretty infamous for housing people with very un-eco friendly lifestyles. The carbon emissions in the city of Houston have actually lead to us being one of the most air-polluted city in the United States. Knowing this, it didn’t surprise me that the majority of carbon released in my results came from my home, as my family has a gas heating system. It’s very reassuring that people like you guys that live literally thousands of miles away have the same mindset to have a smaller carbon footprint, as we will get the best results if we all work together, little by little.

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=90060615
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  • STYLIANI TRYFONIDOU STYLIANI TRYFONIDOU Oct. 12, 2013
    I think we should all be concerned about the enviromental impacts of our life style. This is the target of my teaching. While we were completing the survey with my class, we wondered about the results we could have before the economic crisis and the dramatic decrease in our living standards. For that reason, we are going to make a case study by re-calculating our carbon footprint using data of past. I am not sure about the reliability of this school “research” , but I think it will be interresting. Then we will upload the results in our school website , also in Enflish, in case someone is interested

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stella G-Greece, Oct. 10, 2013

My name is Stella G I’m 17 years old and I live in a small village in Tuxero Greece
I too made a big impression the result of my carbon footprint calculation, because the mean of a Greek consumer is 9047 and my result was quite high. One reason that surprised me was that I live in a small village and waited a score lower.
The biggest difference was at the category Home and Movement. ‘Easy and simple, solutions that would reduce the average in these categories would be for example: 1) when you leave from home you could turn the lights or to turn off the tap while you are brushing your teeth and etc. …2)For short distances to walk or use the bicycle to reduce the production of carbon dioxide.

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  • Jada L-Us Jada L-Us Feb. 20, 2014
    Hi my name is jada, im 18 years old and i live in the US. My Carbon footprint is 16,398. Although this is very high number i live in the country and things are very far apart from each other. So, now im am trying to reduce my averages in the different categories. Your suggestions sound like good things to try out.

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Sevi S-Greece, Oct. 10, 2013

My name is Sevi P, I’m 16 years old and I live in a small village in Tuxero Greece.
I too made a big impression the result of my carbon footprint calculation, because the mean of a Greek consumer is 9047 and my result was quite high. One reason that surprised me was that I live in a small village and waited a score lower.
The biggest difference was at the category Home and Movement. ‘Easy and simple, solutions that would reduce the average in these categories would be for example: 1) when you leave from home you could turn the lights or to turn off the tap while you are brushing your teeth and etc. …2) For short distances to walk or use the bicycle to reduce the production of carbon dioxide.

http://result of carbon footprint
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Stavroula S-Greece, Oct. 10, 2013

Hi, my name is Stavroula and I live in Tychero a small town of Greece. My carbon footprint calculation results didn’t really surprise me. It was below average except for one category-Home.

It ended up was reaching 5,001 kg, which is only 2,684 more than the average Greek home. After reading other peoples’ posts, I realiced ​​that, this was true for most other people; Regarding that home was the largest contributor to their carbon Footprint. What would be the best way to reduce carbon emissions at home?

Stavroula S-Greece
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  • Jason Hodin Jason Hodin Oct. 10, 2013
    Hello Stavroula

    For most people (depending on where you live), the highest home energy comes from heating your home, cooling your home and washing & drying your clothes. What about for you?

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