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Katarzyna K-PL, May 10, 2013

Hi, I’m Kate and I’m from Poland. My total carbon footprint is 8493 kg of CO2. My total footprint results are higher than in my average and a bit higher than my class results. The lowest category is “purchases” and I’m not suprised about that because I really don’t need so much clothes. The highest category is “home”, main reason is that we use a special carbon “Eco groszek” - but there is not that oprion in calculate.
In my opinion I can change some incandescent bulbs to fluorescent bulbs then my results will be lower.
There is one thing I wouldn’t change, it’s time which I spend in the shower. I think these 7 minutes is not much, and in this way I don’t harm the environment.

Katarzyna K-PL
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  • Klara M Klara M May 11, 2013
    Hi Kate! It's good that you try to fix your mistakes.
    My highest category is also home but I'm trying to change that.
    You can also try to turn off TV and other devices when they're not in use and shut down your computer rather than put it on standby. Good luck :)

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Zuzanna Błatoń, May 10, 2013

Hi everybody! I’m Susie and I’m from Poland. I think that my total footprint result compared to my country is much more lower. However, my position compared to my class is higher and honesty. I really do not know why! My lowest category is food. I considered if it surprised me, but later I came to the conclusion, that I’m on a diet my whole life so I just buy less food than the others. My highest category is transport and it is obvious, because I travel by bus a few times a day. I don’t know what I could do to lower my carbon footprint. Maybe I take a bath too long and I should reduce the time bathing? Yeah, I think I will do so. There is one thing that I worry about - I don’t know what makes my result high at all.
Greetings! ;)

Zuzanna Błatoń
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  • francesca francy francesca francy May 14, 2013
    Hi Susie!
    My lowest category is purchase and my highest is food. i don't eat healthy food.
    I think your attitude to carbon footprint is the first step for a change and to make things better in the future! ;D
  • Gabriella Massaro Gabriella Massaro May 14, 2013
    Hi Susie and Francesca,
    It's funny, my lowest was also purchases but food was a close second! I think that taking shorter showers is something I need to work on too, you never realize how long they are! If only more people could realize this.

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Agnieszka T-Poland, May 10, 2013

Hello, my name is Agnieszka. I’m a 17 years old student from Poland. My total footprint result (6045 kg) compared to the average one in my country (6526 kg) is a bit lower. I was surprised because I thought my result will be better, because in my house most of our light bulbs are energy-saving, and we sort rubbish. Now i see it is not sufficient to protect the environment. I think it is the time to make some changes, but i don’t know what I could do, because my highest score is in category “home” (4449 kg, the average in my region is 2858 kg). I think it is because my house is heated with coal over 6 months in a year, besides in my house are living many people too, so it will be hard to change something. My lowest category is ”purchases” (126 kg, the average in my region is 463 kg) i thing it is a good result. It may be due to the fact that I don’t buy things i don’t need, only the necessary stuff.

Agnieszka T-Poland
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  • Ramy Dabbour Ramy Dabbour May 11, 2013
    There are alternatives to coal that you can use for heating. Try natural gas. Also, it could be an advantage to live with many people, because the output of carbon of the house itself would be the result of the actions of many people and not only one person. This works the same way carpooling works; you would take advantage of the space while releasing the same amount of carbon.

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Mikayla Hubel, May 10, 2013

Being from the US, I fully expected our average totals to be way higher than places I checked around the world. I was also surprised how big the difference was from Michigan the California, almost 4000Kg, and it’s just on the other side of the country. I compared our averages to some in Stockholm, and was not surprised that they were lower than ours being that Sweden is one of the ‘greenest’ countries. In Italy, the transportation was higher than ours, and this confused me because we live in a rural community and I was expecting our transportation footprint to be higher than the footprint in Pisa, Italy.

Mikayla Hubel
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  • Zuzanna Błatoń Zuzanna Błatoń May 10, 2013
    My carbon footprint of transport is also lower than the other region of my country. I was really surprised it!

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cole thielen, May 10, 2013

I have noticed over the 6 locations that i have observed that my school is one of the highest numbers overall.

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Mikaela DeWolf, May 10, 2013

I am surprised at how much difference there is between Ohio and Michigan. Plus our total is a lot greater than the Maldives and Iceland. Other places that i checked around the U.S. also seem to be lower than Michigan. :)

Mikaela DeWolf
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Filip G-Poland, May 10, 2013

Hi My name is Filip I am 17 years old. I come from Poland, my total footprint is 5348 kg of CO₂ per year, compared to an average of 6526 kg for Poland.It’s less than average for Poland. I live in small village. It’s located 18 km from my school so I must commute dwo buses to school but my average transportation carbon footprint is 818 kg and in my region is 965 kg so it’s not too high.I like spending time in city so I often eat out so my food carbon footprint is 1442 kg and in my region is 2240 kg. In home my carbon footprint is 2844 kg and in my region is 2858 kg

Filip G-Poland
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  • Tomek W Tomek W May 11, 2013
    For example, you don't eat enough in the city and take food from home?

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Dominika P-Poland, May 10, 2013

Hello ! ;) My name is Dominika and I’m from Poland. My total footprint result is 5827, so lower than the average one. Compared to my class my results are lower than the average. The lower results I have on my “purchases” category. The highest results I have in “home” category. I think that could be cause of high number of bulb which I have in my home. I think that I have to reduce the number of bulb in my home, and it could be better than right now. I also know that if I reduced temperature in my home, it could be better too, but I like have heat in my room, I hate when I’m cold ! :)

Dominika P-Poland
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  • Agnieszka T-Poland Agnieszka T-Poland May 10, 2013
    It's great that you have already some ideas how to reduce your carbon footprint, even if you have a nice score anyway ;)
  • Agata L-Poland Agata L-Poland May 11, 2013
    In my opinion you're true eco-people! If you like a high temperature maybe you should buy special coal- “eco groszek”?
  • Sara S-Poland Sara S-Poland May 11, 2013
    Yeah, I think it's a very good idea, Agata. Perhaps, you will true 'eco-people' like me ;).
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Liliah Andrews, May 10, 2013

Hello my name is Liliah Andrews. I am a 15 year old from Mooresville, NC. My transportation score was 439 kg. It is really low because I don’t go many places. My home score is 10014 kg. It is really high because my house is heated by a wood stove in the basement 6 months out of the year. Also, we have to wash the dishes by hand, which uses a lot of water. My food score is 1280 kg. It is kind of low because my family grows most of the food we eat. My purchases score is 417 kg. It is low because I don’t buy new things very often. Besides home, my score is fairly low compared to my country and my state.

Liliah Andrews
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  • Daria Pastucha Daria Pastucha May 11, 2013
    I would like to achieve such a result as you! Congratulations!
  • Dominika P-Poland Dominika P-Poland May 11, 2013
    I agree with you, Agata. Dishwasher is very good. I can save time and money.
  • Chase Wayne Chase Wayne May 12, 2013
    I think it is a good thing that you grow some of the food you eat, that way you don't have to go buy food and drive to get it either.
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Valentina E, May 10, 2013

Hello everyone!

My name is Valentina and I’m from Croatia. I’m 16 years old and I’m really glad I participate in this interesting challenge. I have calculated my footprint and I found out that the total amount of CO2 I realise is 6386 kg per year.That is about 600 kg higher than the average in Croatia. As the amount of CO2 is largest in home category I have decided to do same changes. For example I’ll try to use more blankets in winter instead of heating the room by eletricity. I think that turning the lights and the computer off when they aren’t needed will be very productive, too. I’ll also try to reduce, reuse and recycle more. I intend to print and write on both sides of the paper because I have found out that rainforests are under grave threat from the paper and pulp industry, as in Indonesia for example. And rainforests are really beautiful, aren’t they? We should help them survive!

If every one of us makes at least one change, we will be surprised at the results and togehter we will make a big difference!

I’m really excited to see so many caring people from all over the world who have joined forces to help the environment!

I’m looking forward to meeting all of you and reading your interesting posts.

Valentina :)

Valentina E
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  • Ewa K-Poland Ewa K-Poland May 10, 2013
    I absolutely agree with you. I think everybody have influence on our environment and often people when watching e.g. tv programme about rainforests which is under grave threat or endangered species or bending etc. etc. We talk how could this happen or how these big industrial concerns could this happen and so really we all daily attach to it to make it on there because these big companies are earning a lot of money by seller of this paper, for example, for the average person who does not realize it or is it just so convenient but also other forms of life and the environment is a problem for which there is often a very great influence and is usually bad often by our laziness, lack of knowledge or to save some money. Unfortunately, it also saddens me that a lot of people think that this one piece of paper or trash thrown into the forest have virtually no influence on the environment but these people are too much so we should all keep an eye on mutual and rebuke to our planet and man live better and healthier!:)
  • Zuzanna Błatoń Zuzanna Błatoń May 10, 2013
    I agree, too. We talk a lot about endangered species and so on, but unfortunately only few try to do sth.
  • Sandra R Sandra R May 11, 2013
    Your plans for the changes are very interesting, and I support that everyone should make changes in your life.

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