For me, I would not be able to give up my soft drinks and all the plastic that I waste when I use them. I do recycle, but I that if I did not buy the soft drinks then I there would be no need to recycle them. I also would not be able to give up driving my car. I know I could ride my bike to places, but to ride my bike into town or even to my school would take 30 minutes to an hour. There would also be a problem of getting to my father’s house every other weekend when he lives in another state (sc to nc). It may not seem like a long drive, but if I were to walk or ride to my dad’s house it would be all day and I would not be able to carry any of my things to his house. These are some of the things that I would not be able to give up.
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I eat a lot of organic foods, I pay particular attention to eating organic meats, eggs, and milk products generally because I think it is safer and healthier. The fact that these choices reduce my overall carbon footprint is a great side effect for me! However, I read an interesting article about organic animal feed (particularly soy products) having to be imported to the United States from other countries, and a large portion of these came from places as far as China or India. If you are eating organic foods for the purpose of making more environmentally friendly decisions, this is a very concerning thought. I am unsure of how to handle this problem and am open to any suggestions!
If i had my own house i would do a lot to make sure that it is a lot more energy efficient. I would start off by having solar panels installed on my roof and i would use the sunlight as my source of energy and i would have a generator just in case. I would use energy efficient light bulbs all over my house and that would also lower it. and i would live in a urban place on the outskirts of a city but definitely not in the country. I hate the country. And i would probably get my food from the same places but i would just go to the farmers market more often.
To be honest I do not know if there are better ways but i do know that there are a variety of other options rather than throwing things away or tossing things into a recycling bin. A water bottle for example can be used over and over again and that saves so much waste. America uses enough water bottle to wrap around the earth multiple times. Even though there are recycling plants all over stuff will eventually back up so reusing water bottles will greatly decrease the world’s carbon footprint.
I didn’t realize how much higher my carbon footprint on my food choices was than that of the rest of the United States and other countries. I noticed it was most likely due to the fact that for my sports choices i have to have a great calorie intake and a high protein intake and those variables probably increase my footprint significantly. I also eat a lot of other products some that i may need and others not so much. Instead of wasting money i could donate or find a way to help someone who may not be as lucky as i am to have 3 or more meals a day. Some people don’t even have one a day and they go through the daily struggle to survive without starving so that could be something i do to help since that is a growing problem in our nation.
There are little things in my life that I am will to adjust to help out my carbon footprint. For example, I now make sure that I do not leave the water running while I am brushing my teeth. More ways to save water in the bathroom are not flushing and turning the water off when you are not rinsing in the shower but I am unwilling to start doing either of those. I try to shut off all the lights in rooms that I see are not in use while I am walking around my house and I do not leave a room without turning the lights off. I do carpool a lot with my friends but I am unwilling to stop using a car and walk or take a bike places because I live to far out in the middle of nowhere.
Even throwing things in a recycling bin is not the best option. First of all why cant you reuse them on your own. Instead of throwing things like water bottles in the recycling bin why not just reuse the bottle to sore things like coins, or instead of using cups just refill your water bottle. Instead of throwing cloths away why not give them to a younger sibling or family member, or give them away to charity. You just have to be creative and think out of the box.
there are many things in my life that i am not willing to change, but there are also some things in my life that i can’t change. For example my house is pretty big but because I do not own the house I can’t change it. One thing that i can change but am unwilling to do so is ride a bike instead of driving places. Another thing that I can’t change is how my house/water is heated. I do not have control of how my house was built.
Throwing things in a garbage can or a recycling bin is not the most resourceful thing. You can recycle things yourself by just reusing them different reasons. Instead of throwing away your plastic or paper bags from the grocery store, you can use them for wastebaskets around your home. Another idea is to take tin cans, decorate them, and then use them to hold things like pencils on your desk. Jars can be used to hold little odds and ends around your house, like buttons. Instead of throwing your old newspapers in the recycling bin, save them. Newspapers come in handy when you need to move or just store something fragile. Old egg cartons can be donated to local elementary schools for crafts. Think creatively and your options are endless on how many ways you can be resourceful and recycle on your own!
There are many factors about my daily life that i and not willing to change and some things that i truly can’t change because i have no control over. One of the main reason my carbon emission is so high is because of the size of my house. The house that I currently live in is pretty big and that greatly effects my carbon emission. But besides the things that i truly have no control over can admit that there things about my daily life that i can change to improve and lower my personal carbon footprint, the only problem is now things have become habit. Also there are other variables that have also increased my carbon emission. But i believe that everyone should take the time to reduce his or her carbon footprint, if we all do that then over time the world will become healthier as a whole.