Hi my name is Leonor Orts and I’m a student from Benidorm, Spain.
Nowadays, I think people consume a lot of energy and pollute.
When I finished doing my test I saw that I spend little energy and C02, because I considered myself a saver.
when playing around with the calculator, i realized how high my carbon footprint is due to all the flights i make across the globe to visit my family in southern africa. i also realized how drastically the footprint decreased when changing meat quantites.
i would thus like to promote locally produced goods that can be transported within a country with environmental friendly veichles.
By promoting days like Meat Free mondays, which really isnt very hard because you do survive one meet free day per week, its not very much at all, and buying locally produced meat, we can make a huge difference on our co2 emissions!
ofcourse the problem remains that not everything can be produced everywhere at all times, but better start where we can instead of doing nothing! daily life changes is the most important factor in improving our results and reducing our co2 emissions. recycling papers and waste materials, turning off the tap when not using water while brushing our teeth, filling the dishwasher BEFORE turning it on will make a difference. dont wait for them big politicans and environment people to come up with a big fancy solution that will cause a paradyme shift in our society and ways of living, when doing things that should be obvious to us can make a huge difference immediately!
Be smart -Save the planet ^^
Hello again from Mikael Elias gymnasium Stadshagen, Stockholm Sweden!
Looking forward to read the discussions again! If anyone would like to arrange skype meetings with my pupils to discuss sustainable development feel free to contact me!
My pupils are the age of 16 and just about to finish their first year of nature science studies at college level (upper secondary school).
My name is Dubravka and I am a teacher from Požega, Croatia. My pupils and I participated in November 2011 and February 2012 ISCFC, and it was really a rewarding experience so we have decided to join you again.
Here is a link leading to our school web pages (http://www.gimpoz.hr/novosti/797-we-are-the-solution ) where we have published the invitation for the April session accompanied with a short summary of our previous activities and some interesting videos we had used in our discussions. We have added some photograps as well and hope you will enjoy watching them.
I must admit that we will be a little late with our activities this time because we have just returned from a school excursion to Budapest (Hungary) and we will spend this weekend in Pecs and Kopacki Rit (here is some basic information and a short video clip in case you are interested in taking a glimpse of one of Croatian nature parks: http://www.kopacki-rit.com/video-en.html).
I wish you all a pleasant Earth Day and think it would be really a good idea if we could all join or host „Picnic for the Planet events“ ( http://www.nature.org/earthday/index.htm ) and maybe help set the world record?!
Looking forward to reading your posts,
Hello everybody! My name is Jenny and I’m a student from Stockholm.
What shocked me the most when doing this carbon footprint exercise was the amount CO2 emissions released by flying. I tend to travel quite a lot with my family, so I had a rather high footprint. I really enjoy travelling, but maybe I could give up a couple of flights a year for the greater good.
However, I think that the most important aspect of CO2 emissions is what we all could do on a daily basis. We all need to think of, for example, turning off the lights when we leave a room. That isn’t a challenge or huge sacrifice for everybody to make, just flick a switch once you leave a room. Another thing we could do is reuse for example bags when we go grocery shopping, not a difficult thing to do.
In Sweden, the winters can get really cold and last really long. Instead of simply relying on heating systems we could use extra blankets and socks to keep warm. Another problem during the winter is the fact that the public transports usually run late or get cancelled. Improvements need to be made in the public transports in order to encourage people to avoid using a car of their own all the time.
I am a student from Stockholm, Sweden. Earlier we calculated how much CO2 we release into the atmosphere. I must say I was shocked at the impact eating meat has on the environment. I did know it was bad, just not how bad. Knowing this will definately make me try to eat less meat when I’ve got the option. Informing more people of what impact eating meat has could make more people eating vegetarian food, which is better for the environment!
Hello, everyone. I feel that there isn’t very much to say after Irena Lauzadiene’s post, which basically summarised the most important things we can do for the environment. However, I personally feel that the most important factors to affect the environment and our carbon dioxide emissions are to reduce our travelling costs and reduce how much meat we eat. After playing around a little bit with the carbon footpint calculator I realised that changing the amount of meat eaten drastically affects the amount of carbon dioxide you release into the atmosphere. Therefore, reducing our consumption of meat should be one of our main priorities when talking about carbon dioxide.
Transportation is obviously also an important factor; reducing the time we spend on airplanes should also be one of the things we prioritise when helping the environment.
Dear People of the ISCFC.
You will not save this planet by installing low-emission lights.
What is happening to the earth is a global problem (hence the name “Global warming”), and must be treated as such. What we need to do is not turn off the water when we brush our teeth, but rather put the resources we as humans possess to use in research concerning sustainable energy.
Even the time and effort put into creating this web page could instead have been used to help the environment.
Don’t take this the wrong way, but if we aim to save the environment by closing windows to conserve heat and expect that to make a significant difference, we’re doing it wrong. We’re deluding ourselves believing that we will make a change like that.
The most CO2 emissions in the world come from transports, and this is what we should focus on. If humans in power actually got off their butts and seriously invested into sustainable transport methods, such as geothermally-charged lithium batteries (yes, these exist. There have been motorcycles designed running solely on lithium-battery strength.)
I believe we’re fighting on the wrong axis. While showering in cold water and eating less meat certainly is cute, it will do little to improve the actual health of our planet. This planet needs brains that can figure out how to lessen our carbon emissions where we have the most, not self-gratifying students who believe they are changing anything.
Are you sure?