If I where to have my own house i would try to make as many things in my house as energy efficient as possible. One it would cut down on how much i speed each year and it would improve the environment around me. I would have a lot more freedom on what I choose to do because it is my house. I would be able to choose certain appliances and light bulbs i use to help make my carbon footprint lower also. I do not think I would choose to live on the middle of a city which would help me with my carbon footprint and energy costs. But i would choose a place where it would be easy to get groceries that are fresh and places I could go to that are in walking distance.
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Hello my name is Pachenc, and I am from the US. When I looked my carbon footprint was lower than average. I believed this because i do not drive much, and I turn off lights and other technology when they are not in use. Since where i lived there are not many places in walking distance that i can go to it is very difficult to keep my carbon footprint down. When do I drive most of the places i go to are far from my house. This is also hard because that means i have to use more gas to get around. If there was a more energy efficant way of transportation to get around i believe my carbon foot print would be better.
Hello from Slovenia. My total carbon footprint is 3788 kg of CO2 per year.
My result is lower than the average for our country which is 7362 kg of CO2 per year.
I wasn’t suprised at all after doing the challenge as I don’t travel a lot and purchase much.
I had very low results in the sections Transportation and Purchase. But the only thing that concerns me a little is the Home section where the results were higher than in other sections, but still under the average. From now on I’ll try using less water when I take a shower and turning it off when I brush my teeth.
I am not an expert in deforestation and from my small town we have plenty of trees, but I have noticed that to expand our town we are having to destroy forests to get soccer fields or anything else we need. When I think of deforestation I think of a funny cartoon that has a bulldozer ripping through a forest. I know there is a need for change in my hometown. In my school alone we have an award for most printer paper used. There should be no award, but the person who does use the most paper does get a tree that they can plant. While this is a comical idea of a tree for paper it is not enough; trees take many years to become actual trees. This is where we go wrong we think okay we can just plant a tree, but that will not change the fact that we just destroyed more than we planted.
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.
“if everyone does a little, no one has to do a lot”. This statement is very true in this case. Everyone can do the little things to be environmentally friendly such as turning the water off while brushing your teeth or turning lights off when you leave a room. One person doesn’t need to pick up trash for hours a day, but everyone can pick up a piece of trash when they walk by one.
I love doing crafts and they are a great way to recycle old things. You can remake old clothes and cloth into new things by sewing. I have made several skirts out of old clothes and last Christmas I made little bags for friends out of old fabric samples. Recently I saw a tutorial on how to cut the top off of glass bottles so that you could make them into drinking glasses. I think this is a great idea because you’re repurposing old bottles and you get really cool drinking glasses at the same time.
I think that plastic can be a good and a bad thing. On the upside plastic is cheap and easy to make. It can be made to be durable and last a long time. On the down side plastic lasts forever in landfills. People are careless and throw away plastic that they could have recycled causing our landfills to be filled with reusable items. It is also commonly used for packaging, which is often large and excessive. A way to use less plastic materials is to use a refillable water bottle instead of using plastic water bottles. Using cloth bags, instead of paper or plastic, for your items when you go shopping is another way to conserve plastic.
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!
I am from South Carolina and my carbon footprint is lower than the average in my country. If I made some changes in my everyday life I think that I could lower my carbon footprint considerably. One thing that I could do is carpool more often and with more people. If I’m going somewhere with people we could try to fit everyone in to one car instead of two. Another thing that I could do is start composting. It would be a simple thing to start and my food scraps would go to better use. With the soil from the composting I could start a garden and grow some of my own vegetables. Bringing my own refillable cup to casual restaurants is another thing that I could do. Bringing your own cup can save many refillable cups over time.