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!
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Hello! my name is Gilbert Feng, and I’m from California. I’m 11, and our teacher had our class calculate our carbon footprints. I thought I was going to be about the same as people from California and less than people around the world. When I saw my total, I was surprised how low my transportation and purchases CO2 emissions were. My transportation CO2 emissions was 526 kg per year and my purchases CO2 was 283 kg per year while people in my area had 2557 kg per year for transportation and 1191 kg per year in purchases. My home CO2 emissions was pretty low, but I was expecting that to happen because I always turn off the lights when going out of a room, use paper double-sided, and turn off the water when I’m brushing my teeth. I had only 1250 kg per year of home CO2 emissions while the average for California was 3757 kg per year of CO2 emissions. I was also expecting my food CO2 emissions to be really high (like near average) because I always eat a LOT. My food CO2 emissions was still below average of the average person in California, but only by a little (2061 kg per year to 2223 kg per year). My total was 4119 kg of CO2 emissions per year and the average person in California produces 9728 kg of CO2 emissions per year. I’m higher than the average human, though, which is only 3791 kg of CO2 emissions per year.
I want to open the windows and use the heater and AC less because I use the heater and AC for about 4 months a year and that contributed a lot to my home CO2 emissions. I am also thinking of eating less meat and more vegetables, but my mom says that I’m too skinny to stop eating meat. Also, I want to buy less electronics. Typically, I buy about 1 per year but now I want to buy none per year and find other games like card games (Yu-Gi-Oh, Pokemon, Magic, etc.) and board games (Monopoly, Sorry!, Chess, Checkers, Chinese
Hello, I’m Nicholas from California. I calculated my carbon footprint and I found out that
the total amount of co 2 I release per year is 4962 kg per year. I release 1410 kg for transportation, 2263 kg for home energy, 927 kg for food, and 362 kg for purchases. My total pretty low compared to my area, 9728 kg. I plan to lower my carbon footprint even more by sharing the lights with another person in one room instead of going to another and wasting more electricity. Does anybody have any more suggestions?
I’m Paula Mirando from California, USA and as part of my AP Bio class, I had to calculate my carbon footprint. Apparently, the average person in my area omits 9728 kg of CO2. After calculating my own carbon footprint, I found that my CO2 emissions total up to 10380 kg. That was scary. My transportation and purchases totals were below average while my food total was just a little bit above average. However, when it came to home energy, I realized I release 5575 kg of CO2 compared to others in my area, who on average release 3757 kg. That is a really big difference. It freaked me out a little. Weird. But then I thought about it. We don’t use the heater that much and we almost never turn on the air conditioning (our downstairs is pretty cool in the summer.) So I figured it must be the water, which makes a lot of sense. I wrote down that I take 10 showers a week. That may or may not be true. I just laughed at my own joke out loud. Embarrassing. I’m not sure how to lower my carbon footprint as far as home energy goes but I would like to walk and take public transport more often. I think I will also eat more vegetables and go back to that thing where I only ate seafood and chicken to cut back on the food category. Maybe I’ll never turn on the lights at home. I’ll unplug my laptop when I’m not using it. I’ll charge my phone less too. Amazing.
My name is Marwan El Battouty.
I’m from Cairo, Egypt.
My carbon footprint is above average, mine is 8779kg where the average of Egypt is 3353kg.
My majority of the carbon footprint came from food which was a huge surprise as I didn’t know stuff like using their bags or not being a vegetarian would affect my carbon footprint so much.
It was expected that my transportation would be way above average because I live far way from school, and I take the bus everyday back and forth 5 days a week for the entire year. So that was expected.
In terms of home, it was also sort of expected that most of it would come from using the air conditioner so much.
Finally, my purchases aren’t so much anyway so that didn’t contribute so much to my carbon footprint.
Overall, I think my carbon footprint is not as bad as I expected in comparison to how much I thought my average usage would be.
From this survey, I learned that almost everything I do contributes to my total carbon footprint and that everything I use, no matter how small it may be, will affect the total in the end.
The main actions I can think of that would strongly decrease my Carbon Footprint would be taking care into how much I use the air conditioner, trying to eat less meat and being more of a vegetarian, and not using unclean public transportation so much.
My name is Anna . I’m 18 years old. I live in Poland. I took part in this survey of the International Student Footprint Challenge and my total footprint is 6470 kg of CO2 per year.
By categories my totals are:
Home: 4086 kg
Food 1235 kg
Purchases: 147 kg
In my country
Transportation: 965 kg
Home: 2858 kg
Food: 2240 kg
Purchases: 463 kg
Hi! My name is Xenia Perez and I’m from California, USA. I’m currently 16 years old and my AP Biology teacher introduced this Carbon Foot Print Challenge to myself/classmates earlier this week. My carbon footprint total is 14,173 kg of CO2 per year compared to the average footprint of 9727 kg for California. The majority of my carbon footprint is transportation, and i’m not surprised with that outcome. Probably every other day i go out with friends after school and that contributes to my footprint, but on the weekends I always go out with my family to some far away destination. Whether it be an amusement park, shopping center, and the like. In the future, I do plan to reduce activities that will increase my footprint, perhaps, conserving energy, traveling less…basically trying to be more green. Hopefully reducing my carbon footprint will help the environment, so it can last longer for generations to come.
Hey people out there! I’m 16 year old who got introduced to this carbon footprint experiment from AP Biology.
My total footprint was 9036kg compared to California’s whopping 9727kg. My number is still pretty close though.
My home energy CO2 level was crazy high. Kind of scary in now that I can see it in numbers. A big 4751 kg. That is scary everytime I look at it and I didn’t think we were wasting so much!
Transportation isn’t too large. 1889kg, I personally don’t believe it’s huge. My family doesn’t go to a lot of places so, that really affects the numbers here.
Food is 2522 kg. My family generally tries to get locally grown food, at least made in USA food. But we don’t do the composting stuff.
Purchases is 562kg. I don’t really go shopping super often, I don’t even get fancy electronics, I would be lucky if I did get 2 in one year. The number here isn’t surprising at all.
Well, these numbers are SUPER SCARY. Worse than maybe all the horror games I watch on youtube.
Hello, my name is Samantha B and I am 17 years old, living in California. My total footprint is 15515 kg of CO2/year. This is relatively high compared to the average person with a footprint of 9727 kg of CO2/year and a footprint of 3791 kg of CO2/year world wide. I found that the huge factor that contributes to my footprint is in transportation. I found this to be the highest of all the other categories because I participate in quite a few extracurricular activities and volunteer in various places as well, all which are pretty far from where I live.
Hi from Union City, California!!
i am a 17 year old high school student that was introduced to this project from my Ap Biology teacher to further evaluate just how much my daily usage affects my carbon footprint.
My total footprint is 7,281 kg of CO2 per year compared to an average of 9727 kg for California and 3791 kg worldwide.
Transportation: 2167 kg
home energy etc: 3323 kg
food: 1189 kg
purchases: 602 kg
I was shocked by my outcomes of my carbon output in a year with each category and both amazed at the same time on how just small details in my daily life can impact my total results.
From my results i have learned to appreciate far more than i have in the past on the information i have discovered based my this project. In the future i hope to lower my carbon footprint by a significant amount especially in the home energy category by conserving electricity, gas, and water usage. The next time i retake my footprint calculations i hope that my numbers will be decreased than it is now. With this information from this project i wish to spread the ways to conserve and better use the details of my daily life to those around me.