I must say, I was surprised by my low environmental footprint result. Though, there is always room for improvements! There are a few things concerning my lifestyle that obviously are “off the table”, that I can not live without, such as transportation and food. These topics where the top two of highest carbon dioxide releases. It is hard living without these, rather impossible. I must travel to school everyday, but at least I go there by public transportation and not by car which would be a worse choice. And I do not travel with airplanes so often, which makes my environmental footprint pretty low. But to be able to go anywhere I must transport myself, which makes it hard to chose this away.
The other one, food, is a must, everybody has to eat. But the way each person eats could make big differences on the environment. By choosing organic food products you contribute to a sustainable and healthier environment and by eating less, I am not telling you to stop entirely, meat, it would cause less pressure on the meat industry, which emissions and resources are alarming.
According to facts, (http://ec.europa.eu/food/food/sustainability/) as much as a third of the total amount of produced food for human use globally, is being made for nothing, therefore it ends up in garbage bags. This is a serious problem and this statistics does not sound promising concerning the human’s expected growing population. How will our whole population be able to get food if so much is being thrown away? The food we produced should be eaten and not wasted.
But there are some solutions. The complications with food waste is growing, which could simply be reduce by changing people who live in industrialized countries’s minds to think further and less selfish, and make them stop throwing excellent eatable food away. It will be both more economic and environmental to start making doggie bags out of left overs etc. Poor people can not prioritize buying organic food products, but people with a better life standard can. Simply, everyone, who is able to, should think about this issue and how serious its consequences are. Still, food and its carbon dioxide releases can not be chosen away, but at least its affects could be reduced.