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Discussions Discussion Now it’s time for action!
Isak WSweden, April 23, 2012

Dear people of the ISCFC.
It’s me again.
I have read a document which might be of interest to you. Most of it is irrelevant to the general discussion, but the preamble is fascinating. You believe that pollution will destroy the earth? I disagree.
http://qntm.org/destroy
Sincerely
Isak

Isak WSweden
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  • Isak WSweden Isak WSweden April 27, 2012
    Life on earth will continue. If it developed here once, why can't it again?
  • Jason Hodin Jason Hodin April 27, 2012
    I agree with Vendela in that human actions put our own species at risk. It also puts many other species at risk. Once a species is extinct it is extinct forever.

    As far as we know, life has only evolved once on this planet, several billion years ago. So I wouldn't wait around for new origins of life on Earth…
  • Randall Dunkin Randall Dunkin April 27, 2012
    I think our planet will survive, but the survival of life on our planet is a different issue. We should probably stop thinking about saving the planet, and start thinking about how to save ourselves by the way we manage the resources we have been given on this planet. It has been estimated that 30 species become extinct on Earth during the time we sleep each night. With increasing knowledge about the delicate balance between species in various biomes, I hope we will soon begin to do a better job of protecting our biosphere so that life in all its wondrous forms can continue.
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Discussions Discussion Global Warming - A myth?
Isak WSweden, April 23, 2012

Love.
I find your take on Global Warming fascinating. I don’t belive that Global Warming is a myth. it is a real thing, happening at this very moment.
However, it’s not a threat to the human race, nor to the earth as a whole.
Humanity has survived by adapting, and so it will. Most likely, space travel will be available on a global scale before the Earth becomes a boiling pot, or we will develop according to our new conditions, becoming either subterranean or creating out own, synthesized verion of the ozone layer.
Most importantly, we need to understand that the resources we utilize to cause Global Warming are running out fasther than the earth is. We will not be able to destroy the earth if we don’t have the means to do it, and those means are degenerating. Unless we find another way to pollute the planet, carbon emissions will decline.
Lastly, even if Global Warming continues and every single human dies, this will not be the end of the planet Earth. The Earth is built to last. It is a 4,550,000,000-year-old, 5,973,600,000,000,000,000,000-tonne ball of IRON. If life developed here previously, it can do it again.
All in all, Global Warming is not that big of a deal if if care about humanity or the planet Earth. It is only an issue that needs dealing with if we want to sate our own sense of gratification.
Sincerely, Isak

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Discussions Discussion ISCFC Teacher Planning, Feb 2014
Bernat Martinez, April 23, 2012

Hi
I’m Bernat from Benidorm, Spain, we have already calculated our footprint we are looking forward to participate in the discussions
Congratulations for such a great tool and project

all the best

Bernat Martinez
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Discussions Discussion Now it’s time for action!
Leonor Orts Fernández, April 23, 2012

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.

Leonor Orts Fernández
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Discussions Discussion IESDESAR_SANTIAGO
Yogur Podrido, April 23, 2012

Eh, ¿Quien ha acabado el “test”? Quiero ver lo derrochones que sois.

Yogur Podrido
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  • Rosana Martins Rosana Martins April 25, 2012
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    I travel a lot on buses, which are always full of people so I have to go on foot. I see it in recent years there are many foreign people who use this means of transport. In most cases take the bus because in my house for the weekend no car and it seems less polluting than a car. I prefer to go by car as well because you get faster to the places you want to go while on the bus going to have to go through different stops to reach your destination. I use the bus to go to school and go to the city, but always have to be pending since the time the buses leave every half hour.
  • Pena Vidal Pena Vidal April 26, 2012
    I'm not a total vegetarian. I like to eat all kinds of vegetables such as carrot soup, tomato salad with lettuce, mashed vegetables, beans and peas steamed … I also like to eat fruit every day, especially apples, oranges and bananas. I occasionally use kiwis, pears, tangerines, and in summer, peaches and plums.
    Despite this, in my house we eat meat at least every two days. It is customary and it is difficult to change. In my house parties or when people come to eat food we eat meat we usually do because it is a type of food they like everyone in my country.
  • Jacobo Otero Jacobo Otero April 30, 2012
    Hi! In the case of my family is not to collaborate on environmental pollution. Since we try to recycle everything we can and we do not have a car. Whenever we travel in buses. A greeting.
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Discussions Discussion Welcome to Einztein
Vendela R, April 22, 2012

Hi!
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 ^^

Vendela R
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  • bryan metz bryan metz April 24, 2012
    i agree 112% with everything you said.
  • brandon bailey brandon bailey April 24, 2012
    i agree. everyone should be able to not eat meat aleast one day of the week .
  • abdelhamid derawi abdelhamid derawi May 5, 2012
    I strongly agree we should decrease the percentage of meat eaten daily. But then we should also decrease the amount of trees cut down every day.
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Discussions Discussion ISCFC Teacher Planning, Feb 2014
Anna Johansson, April 20, 2012

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).

Warm wishes
Anna Johansson

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Discussions Discussion ISCFC Teacher Planning, Feb 2014
Dubravka Cokrlic, April 20, 2012

Hello,

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,

Dubravka

Dubravka Cokrlic
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Discussions Discussion Now it’s time for action!
Jenny B-Sweden, April 20, 2012

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.

Jenny B-Sweden
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  • amina ibrahim amina ibrahim April 22, 2012
    hey! My name is amina ibrahim i am from AIS school on egypt. I totally agree with your idea of using blankets and socks to stay warm.
  • Vendela vF-Sweden Vendela vF-Sweden April 23, 2012
    Hi Jenny!
    I really agree with your idea of doing the little things every day. Just as you say it isn't a huge sacrifice to turn of the lights when you leave a room or wearing an extra shirt in winter. I think we would all agree to these things for the greater good.

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Discussions Discussion Now it’s time for action!
Vendela vF-Sweden, April 20, 2012

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!

Vendela vF-Sweden
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  • Jenny B-Sweden Jenny B-Sweden April 23, 2012
    Hello Vendela!
    Remember, if we don't start now, no one is going to start later!
  • Dana methvin Dana methvin April 25, 2012
    Dana USA , I eat alot of meat but ive thought about going vegan but i dont think i could do it becuase we do eat alot of meat at my house. i think there are more important ythings we could do to low our carbon footprints than eating meat, like recycling or light bulbs.
  • Vendela vF-Sweden Vendela vF-Sweden April 26, 2012
    I belive that everything, even the little things count, especially if we are many who does them. Still I'm not vegan, just as you Dana I eat a lot of meat at home. The thing was that I got chocked when I saw the difference between the carbon footprint of people who eat meat, and people who don't. After that I have been trying to cut down a bit on my meat consumption, hoping that it will make even the slightest change.
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