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Discussions Discussion The Effects of Travel on Carbon Footprint
Logan C-US, Feb. 28, 2014

Traveling is a major contributor to carbon footprint to many people and to myself. The public does not really know the effects that transportation has on our environment. I was unaware of it until I calculated my carbon footprint. We need to advocate to more people and teach them ways on how to lower this problem. Just carpooling with others when traveling to places or getting a more energy efficient car is some ways to help this.

Logan C-US
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  • Kelsey Bufford Kelsey Bufford Feb. 28, 2014
    I agree with you Logan. My carbon footprint was raised a good bit by the amount of traveling I do. Carpooling with others would lower my carbon footprint significantly. Also, riding bikes or walking could lower this and would lower the amount of pollution we produce.

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Discussions Discussion The Effects of Travel on Carbon Footprint
Natalia W-US, Feb. 27, 2014

Being born in Poland and having family all on the east coast, sometimes the only way for me to travel is by plane. I take planes to go over to Connecticut to see my dad and fly over to Poland to visit the rest of my family. My mom and I also used to live in New York so we go there a lot to visit family and friends. But when we go visit, we go by car. Also, when visiting my cousins in Washington DC we drive. It’s better to drive by car than plane.

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Discussions Discussion The Effects of Travel on Carbon Footprint
Lilee Vorachack, Feb. 27, 2014

Hello, my name is Lilee and my travel for my carbon footprint is low. It is because i do not fly on a plane, instead we drive to the destination needed. My family and I usually drive instead of flying to places and also i, myself, have never been in a plane before. And when I have to get to school, i have to travel 15 miles to school which is 30 miles front and back, multiply that by 5 days and that’s 150 miles each week. Last year, I went to Disney World which was a 529 mile drive, plus the miles we took in florida to get to Daytona beach and out to eat. That would add up to be a lot and the amount we had to get back home. That was the most transportation used for my carbon footprint. I think I already do a good job with my travel footprint because I do not fly which would impact a lot to my carbon footprint if i were to fly.

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Discussions Discussion The Effects of Travel on Carbon Footprint
Lily P-US, Feb. 21, 2014

Howdy my name is Lily and I live in America. My family and I do our part by eating organic, buying local foods, using efficient living practices, and gardening year-round. But because we reside in rural America, I have to drive long distances to get anywhere. It takes about 7 miles for me to get to school, and other places are even further. Plus, I travel by plane often so that adds to my footprint as well. If I lived in a place where public transportation was accessible, or driving distances were shorter, my footprint would be considerably less. I really do think my family does a good job of being conscious of the environment, and if we lived in a better location, that work would pay off.

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Discussions Discussion The Effects of Travel on Carbon Footprint
Rachel P-US, Feb. 21, 2014

Hey hey, I’m Rachel from Clover, SC. I drive practically everywhere because I live in the country, surrounded by farmland and cows. After doing the carbon footprint challenge, I realized how much traveling impacts my environment. I have to drive almost 10 miles to school everyday, so those miles add up quickly. Plus, I made two trips out of the country last year, to Spain and Honduras. It’s crazy how much air travel affects my footprint. One way I can lessen my impact is by proposing a solution of greener air-travel with hydrogen powered air travel; however, this is not a practical option. Does anyone have ideas of cheaper ways to improve air travel’s effect in the envrionment? I am also wondering how seriously air travel effects the environment? I know it heavily pollutes the air with CO2 and other gases, but how does this compare to a driving alternative?

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Discussions Discussion The Effects of Travel on Carbon Footprint
Sunny Lyu, Feb. 10, 2014

My name is Sunny and I am from the Bay Area. After taking the carbon footprint challenge, I realized how large a factor transportation plays in my environmental impact. My carbon footprint due to transportation was nearly double the footprint for other reasons, and I hope to reduce my transportation footprint. In order to do this, I know I should definitely drive less. Before I had my license, I biked, carpooled, and sparingly asked my parents for rides to different places. Upon getting my license, I began to drive everywhere with no limitations. I should reduce the amount I drive and look into investing in an environmentally friendly vehicle. Additionally I can try to carpool more with the people that live in my neighborhood. My footprint is also high because I fly around CA and the east coast often for soccer tournaments. Though there is not much I can do about this, I could propose a solution of greener air-travel. Perhaps we could engineer planes that use biofuel or other renewable energy.

Sunny Lyu
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  • Anja R-Slovenia Anja R-Slovenia Feb. 13, 2014
    I agree with you and your ideas to save the environment. In a few months I’m getting my driver’s license and I hope I won’t become lazy and start to use my car too much. I never really thought of this before.

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Discussions Discussion The Effects of Travel on Carbon Footprint
Andrew Watson, Feb. 10, 2014

Hi I’m from Palo Alto California and I view myself as an average Palo Altan high school traveler. I both bike and drive to school, drive a relatively small amount on the weekends, and fly, maybe a couple times a year. What surprised me was the impact of my flying habits on my carbon footprint; it more than tripled my carbon footprint due to transportation from simply biking and driving around town. This worries me because with such a global world we have today, flying is a more and more common mode of transportation which significantly adds to human’s carbon footprint. While many of us cannot avoid the flights we take, we can strongly advocate for new and alternative forms and sources of energy to be developed for aircraft technology in the future.

Andrew Watson
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  • Bergrós Ásgeirsdóttir Bergrós Ásgeirsdóttir Feb. 14, 2014
    Hi my name is Bergrós and I come from Iceland. I had the same results with my flying habits on my carbon footprint. As my town is very small I walk or ride a bike to most of my locations so my carbon footprint wasn´t very high when answering these questions. As soon as the quiestions about my flights in the past year were answered the carbon footprint had nearly tripled. Ofcourse it´s pretty necessary for Icelanders to travel by plane because we can´t drive to other coutries so I agree with you that many of us cannot avoid the flights we take and with that in mind we should definitely find another source of energy to power our aircrafts.

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Discussions Discussion The Effects of Travel on Carbon Footprint
Christian Lantzsch, Feb. 10, 2014

Hi Im from Palo Alto California and I was shocked when I saw my Carbon Footprint and how strongly my transportation affected it. While I usually drive only sparingly and only too inter town locations, my yearly flights to Europe and to other parts of the country added a large chunk to my footprint. While I cant do too much to avoid these flights, I would like to know how in the future we can solve this issue. With increasing use of alternative energies and new strategies of operating transportation, I can definitely envision a greener way to fly in the near future. However, it is our responsibility to demand these innovations, therefore we must be diligent in the mean time as to state our desire for more efficient air travel.

Christian Lantzsch
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Discussions Discussion Student footprints
Sophie J-USA, Oct. 21, 2013

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.

Sophie J-USA
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  • Giulia O. Italy Giulia O. Italy Oct. 25, 2013
    Hi Sophie, I’m Giulia and I’m from Italy. My carbon footprint is quite high at home and transport categories because I live in the mountains and I use wood 5 months a year; I take a bus 5 times a week to get to school. I usually go to the supermarket on foot with my grandmother because I like walking. What can I do for transport and home categories?
  • Stephanie Leighton Stephanie Leighton Oct. 26, 2013
    Hi Giulia, my name is Stephanie and I live in California. We are doing a project for biology about carbon footprints so I'm currently learning new ways to reduce carbon emissions and can answer your question regarding the transportation and home categories.
    If you haven't already you can switch your light bulbs to the energy-efficient fluorescent kind. Also, taking reducing shower time by just a few minutes can have a huge impact. When I calculated my carbon footprint, the amount of time the water runs in the shower was the greatest contribution to carbon dioxide emissions in the home category.
    For transportation, walking whenever possible is always helpful, as this prevents emissions from going into the air from car exhaust.
  • Giulia O. Italy Giulia O. Italy Nov. 5, 2013
    Hi Stephanie, I'm Giulia, thank you very much for the answer
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Discussions Discussion Carbon Footprint: Family
Mark K-USA, Oct. 17, 2013

Hi, Im a student from California and my family, especially my mom does a lot of the being green stuff in our house. We are currently switching all of our lightbulbs to CFL bulbs and we have solar panels for our pool and other stuff. I was pretty positive that my carbon footprint wouldn’t be that high because of all the green things we do in our home. I put everything into the calculator and my carbon footprint was off the charts. The biggest one was travel. My family likes to travel and we usually go see my family in Europe once a year, we also go on vacations like cruises and a few tournaments down in Southern California. My travel carbon footprint was higher than what my footprint should have been all together. I don’t really know what do to because I need to travel far away to get to my family or a weekend tournament. I was wondering if traveling on planes is one of the biggest contributors to CO2 emissions. People fly on planes so much these days it crazy. I always thought that flying isn’t as bad because there are so many people on a flight. I just want peoples opinions on what you think I should do to lower my CO2 emissions.

Mark K-USA
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  • Marisa R- usa Marisa R- usa Oct. 18, 2013
    Hi Mark, I had the exact same problem. I also have weekend tournaments and usually take a big trip to Europe every summer. While doing research to decrease my carbon footprint i found that looking into a more green car. A more fuel efficient car. As members of a family we don't have complete control over family decisions. Getting a more fuel efficient car not only helps reduce your carbon footprint but saves money. I hope i helped.

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