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Discussions Discussion Environmental responsibility at home
Markus Burns, Feb. 10, 2014

I live in California, my carbon footprint ended up being below the norm compared to the state I live in, however I was at the global average. One major source of my emissions was food, primarily red meats and poultry are an inefficient source of calories from an environmental standpoint. I could reduce this portion of my emissions by obtaining more of my needed protein from plants such as nuts, soy, and other produce. Alongside this I could eat locally raised meats instead of conventional meats, I do eat grass fed beef. My transportation emissions did end up being low, I generally bike around town and/or carpool with friends. I think it important that we all realize how day to day decisions when choosing how to get around, what to buy in the supermarket, and what bin to dispose our waste in can have a much greater effect when practiced over time.

Markus Burns
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  • Katrin C-Slovenia Katrin C-Slovenia Feb. 13, 2014
    I completly agree with your view of a new way of eating. I am a vegetarian and that made my carbon footprint a lot lower. I suggest you to eat meat only twice or three times a week although it may not seem enough but it is also more healthy for your body. Maybe you should try to grow your own lettuce or vegetables like that.

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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 Wants or needs?
Nathan O'Hara, Feb. 10, 2014

Putting emphasis on the word latest, this is definitely considered a “want”, rather than a need. This word implies that it is not the technology itself which is being purchased, but an upgraded version of something which is already possessed. Given that you already have a device which can perform the same function as the desired device, this is clearly not something that is necessary.

However, having said that, it is true that these technologies do at some point need to be replaced, as the small changes introduced each year do eventually lead to an almost entirely different device, which may have many abilities which simply did not exist back 5 or 10 years ago. This time frame can be different depending on what type of device it is. Most calculators preform much in line with what they did in decades prior, needing only to be replaced when they break or no longer function, while a 20 year old computer, even in perfect condition, is often considered a burden, something to be disposed of.

Thus, when considering a purchase, you should ask yourself, what you want to use this new product for which you cannot do with your current technology, and question if that functionality worth the cost both financially and environmentally which come with replacing an electronic device.

Nathan O'Hara
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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 Environmental responsibility at home
Allison Cowie, Feb. 10, 2014

My family and I try to be environmentally conscious. We only use LED/CFL lightbulbs (and turn them off when they aren’t in use), set the thermostat low in the winter and high in the summer, minimize water use and try not to throw things away. I’d like to find out more ways we can limit our household carbon footprint.

Allison Cowie
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  • Eydís Eva Eydís Eva Feb. 12, 2014
    How admireable that your family and you care about the environment in such manners! (Applause).There should most certainly be more people like you.I have to admit,i haven't been paying much attention to this issue and neither has my family,but i'd love to become more concerned environmentally.If you have some tips,do let me know! Greetings from Iceland
  • Andrea Ósk Andrea Ósk Feb. 12, 2014
    Hi Allison i also need to be more environmentally conscious. I am going to recycle more so you can maybe take that in to consideration. For example paper, organic trash, plastic and just everything that you can recycle.

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Discussions Discussion Environmental responsibility at home
Christian Lantzsch, Feb. 10, 2014

I believe that it is everyones responsibility to create a sustainable world. In America, we seem to forget that our overconsumption of goods and overuse of energy at home only destroys our future. People seem to only be worried about the here and now and how to improve their lives in the present rather than worrying about how life will be like in 10-30 years with current trends in the environment. As a community we must come together and help others realize that less use now will lead to a more fruitful future.

Christian Lantzsch
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Discussions Discussion Environmental responsibility at home
Arya Ha, Feb. 10, 2014

I am a US citizen who is using a lot of power for home. My family and I do not travel a lot. I think everyone who is living in a developed country is responsible for conserving energy. We live in a place where there is enough resource for everyone to use. At home, I use most of the power for electronics. For example i use 5 electronic plug-ins; my phone, my computer, my lamp, my alarm clock, and my second small lamp. My family likes to likes he idea of conserving energy because it helps the Earth and reduces our monthly bill. I think the idea of increasing the cost of electricity would anger American resident. The best way to conserve energy at home is finding more renewable resources.

Arya Ha
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Discussions Discussion Environmental responsibility at home
Arya Ha, Feb. 10, 2014

I am a US citizen who is using a lot of power for home. My family and I do not travel a lot. I think everyone who is living in a developed country is responsible for conserving energy. We live in a place where there is enough resource for everyone to use. At home, I use most of the power for electronics. For example i use 5 electronic plug-ins; my phone, my computer, my lamp, my alarm clock, and my second small lamp. My family likes to likes he idea of conserving energy because it helps the Earth and reduces our monthly bill. I think the idea of increasing the cost of electricity would anger American resident. The best way to conserve energy at home is finding more renewable resources.

Arya Ha
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Discussions Discussion Environmental responsibility at home
Arya Ha, Feb. 10, 2014

I am a US citizen who is using a lot of power for home. My family and I do not travel a lot. I think everyone who is living in a developed country is responsible for conserving energy. We live in a place where there is enough resource for everyone to use. At home, I use most of the power for electronics. For example i use 5 electronic plug-ins; my phone, my computer, my lamp, my alarm clock, and my second small lamp. My family likes to likes he idea of conserving energy because it helps the Earth and reduces our monthly bill. I think the idea of increasing the cost of electricity would anger American resident. The best way to conserve energy at home is finding more renewable resources.

Arya Ha
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Discussions Discussion Environmental responsibility at home
Arya Ha, Feb. 10, 2014

I am a US citizen who is using a lot of power for home. My family and I do not travel a lot. I think everyone who is living in a developed country is responsible for conserving energy. We live in a place where there is enough resource for everyone to use. At home, I use most of the power for electronics. For example i use 5 electronic plug-ins; my phone, my computer, my lamp, my alarm clock, and my second small lamp. My family likes to likes he idea of conserving energy because it helps the Earth and reduces our monthly bill. I think the idea of increasing the cost of electricity would anger American resident. The best way to conserve energy at home is finding more renewable resources.

Arya Ha
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