If I were to create a city whose goal is to have low carbon transportation, things would be a lot different from where I live. Not having big diesel trucks and such would be the first thing to eliminate and then start to emphasis on walking or riding bikes to certain places. My city wouldn’t have as many roads but would instead have trails and bike lanes. Even though it would be better for the environment, to me personally I would not like to live there.
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Hi, I’m Sophie from California, U.S. I was really surprised to find out that most of my footprint was involved with my traveling. I’ve traveled a lot in the past year through airplane, car, bike, walking, and found it interesting to see how much bigger it makes my footprint (it made up most of it.)
I wasn’t aware it produces so much carbon. Also, it’s incredible how much higher the U.S. footprints are than other countries. It’s weird to think I live in the country that uses the most energy and produces the most carbon in the world. The average American footprint can double, triple, or quadruple in size of the average world footprint. To help the environment, I will travel less by car, and walk to more places than I used to.
Most of the other sections were around average for me and my family, gladly. I will make changes to help produce less carbon and to save the environment.
My name is Naina and I am a freshman at Las Lomas High School. I recently calculated my carbon footprint for a school project and the results were higher than the average californian. I was expecting to get around average, but I was not surprised when I got the results. overall, I was higher than average, but in some sections, such as food and purchases, I was below average. On the other hand, the “home” and “transportation” sections were both more than double the average californian.
Before I took the quiz, I knew right away that my home section would be more than average. my house is pretty big, and while I was counting the number of light bulbs, I realized that we had way more than I thought. There were 68 incandescent and 48 fluorescent. my dad tried to change the number of incandescent bulbs we had, but in some rooms, we put in dimmers, and they don’t work on fluorescent bulbs. My showers are pretty long, too, which I have been trying very hard to change. Also, my family likes to keep our phones and computers in the charger over night, so that uses a lot of electricity. I am hoping to lessen the use of carbon in this area by taking shorter showers, turing the lights off as often as I can, and only keeping my phone and computer in the charger when they need to charge.
My transportation was more than average as well. Although my family likes to carpool as often as possible, we still drive places a lot. Not only do we drive a lot, we like to go on trips and vacations that require airplane flights as well. I the past year, i have gone on 2 round-trip flights (four flights over all). I went to DC ( and back ) and to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico (and back ). both of those trips were very long flights, so they used a lot of gasoline. I am hoping to improve this section of my carbon footprint as well, by trying to use an alternative source of transportation when possible, such as biking. As for the plane trips, maybe we could go on vacations that aren’t as far away, or maybe take flights less often.
This quiz has made me more aware of how I live my daily life, and if I ever take this quiz again, I hope my carbon foot print has reduced by then.
Hello, my name is Kelly and I’m from Texas. After calculating my carbon footprint, i released that the most contributing factor was transportation. My carbon footprint for transportation was 8939 kg and in my region it is 6387 kg. I had 6 flights last year which is a lot for me. I usually just take 2 flights each year, but last year was an exception. This year so far i have only had 2 flights and I probably won’t go anywhere for the rest of the year, so if i were to calculate my carbon footprint with that information then it would probably go down a bit. Transportation was the only contributing factor that was above average of my region. I have done research and now know that transportation is one of the main causes for carbon footprints being so high. I now know to watch and conserve energy in the transportation department. Not only on airplanes but in cars, buses and trains.
Hello! I’m Kathryn California! I was very surprised to to find that my biggest emissions came from transportation. It may be because i took 2 flights over the summer but after thinking about it, there are so many ways I could cut down my footprint in terms of transportation. Overall my footprint was over average so there are many ways I can lower it. I tend to leave most of my electronics plugged in, so simply taking those out of the wall will help tremendously. In this article I read, 28% of of U.S. green house gas emissions were from transportation alone. That statistic is way to high so I’ll now do my best to help lower that percentage.
Globally, transportation emits ridiculous amounts of greenhouse gases so not just to my fellow Americans, but friends all over the world, we should work to lower those emissions.To do so we can walk or ride bikes places and carpool to school and events. I hope we can all work to reduce our footprints!
Everyone in my community drives to where they need to be. The problem is that we are only 25.64 sq km large. It takes approximately 20 minutes tops to walk through downtown, and about 5 minutes to get from the local market back to the suburban area of town. It would take even less time biking, which 90% of the community knows how to do. Which makes you wonder, why doesn’t everyone do this. I mean, yes it can get to about 40 degrees Celsius, but during the fall and spring the weather is very nice. We need to get out more, that would lower the town’s carbon footprint by about, oh, a lot to be frank.
If I were to live in a city that is ideal when it comes to carbon emissions, there would firstly be transportation with bio-fuel or electricity only. You don’t need to walk or ride your bike everywhere, as long as you keep CO2 emissions low by not using fossil fuel. Public buildings such as schools, hospitals, malls, grocery stores should be built with energy efficient solutions in mind. Windows as well as walls with a lot of isolation to keep the cold out in the winter, and the heat out during the summer. Not only would that keep down the emissions, but also the cost for all the households. The air and the environment in this city would be a lot cleaner, since there’s almost no exhaust from petrol cars, and the sound level of electrical cars is a lot lower. I would definitely prefer to live in a city like this. It would feel better knowing, that your house don’t have a negative impact on the climate change with you just being able to live there. Or that every time you take the bus to work, fossil oil is not wasted.
There are so many solutions out there, in progress and waiting to be discovered. The only problem is both research and restoration and renovation cost a fortune. To make an entire city eco friendly would be a huge project. But i think that’s what’s needed to be done in the future to keep the temperatures down. Give people no other better, cheaper option but to live as “eco friends”.
Hi, my name is Catherine and I’m from the United States. I agree with what you have said in your post. We have the alternatives for the harmful way that we live, its just making the switch. Cities are one of the most polluted areas in the world so we need to make the switch their first to healthier and earthfriendly methods. Its not hard to make this switch and I beleive does only take one person to make this change. It takes one person to start and than others will follow. I do believe that our time is rumming out and that creating sustainable cities in important before its too late.