Hello everyone,my name is Josipa and i’m from Požega,Croatia. I’m 15 years old and this is my first time to participate in something like this. I calculated my footprint and it was about 1000 higher than the average.The carbon dioxide was largest in home category,and it wasn’t really surprising because i know that i wasn’t really careful with turning off the lights and different appliances when i’m not using them so i have to try be more careful .I’m glad that i can be a part of something like this and see other opinions and experiences. :)
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Hey, My name is Joey and I just calculated my carbon footprint. My footprint was about 2000 above the average footprint for my area. My calculations came out as:
Transportation: 4276 kg
Home: 6868 kg
Food: 5476 kg
Purchases: 616 kg
Even though these numbers are around the average for individual in my area (with the exception of purchase, which was quite below average) I would like to decrease my carbon footprint. I could do this by running bio-fuel in my truck since it has a diesel engine. Also I could decrease home by cutting my shower time from about 15 minutes to about 6-7 minutes. To decrease the food section of the footprint, I could consume more locally grown food. I’m curious about what everyone else’s average are and how they’re planning to decrease theirs.
Hi, I’m Honoka, and I calculated my carbon footprint recently and it came out to be higher than the average of my area. I had a large amount of carbon dioxide in the transportation category. I wasn’t surprised by this because I took a trip that year, which uses a lot of carbon dioxide. But, what I really was surprised about was my home category. I was way over the average amount and got the highest of all 4 categories. This is probably because our house uses the heater during the winter and I take long showers. I’d like to reduce these energy by using more blankets instead of the heater and taking shorter showers. Even these little changes would probably make a big change in the world, so I would like to reduce more energy.
I’m not surprised that my transportation category was double the average. Since my family and I visit my relatives every year, I expected that my transportation category was pretty high. To decrease my my carbon footprint, my family and I are only going to visit my relatives every other year.
Even though my carbon footprint is much lower than the average carbon footprint for California, USA at 4517 kg vs. 9728 kg, I was shocked when I saw that it was almost 1000 kg more than the world average. What stung me even more was the fact that this year I still haven’t even been on a plane ( I fly to Asia once a year, there and back) and it was still higher than the world average. I expected it be about the same.
That really makes me think about how I as an individual can cut down on my carbon emissions. There are some things I need and can’t stop using, such as food and water, but I can still TRY to walk more when I can, and use the heater less during the winter. I guess I can also reduce electricity at home when I turn off the lights as I leave a room and turn the computer off when I’m not using it.
As I have been reading posts from people around the world I am realizing how big of a difference the US and more specifically California has at releasing CO2. As I have been thinking about it, the more I am wondering why? People around the world are trying to change the way they act when they only have 5000 kg! I have a very high score (12000) and I have no idea how to change it so I will at least be a little lower than California’s!