Climate change is going to affect our future. We need to act on this now if we are going to do anything about it. Many people are denying that we humans have such a big impact on global warming, these people are too scared to take fault into their own actions. We have to learn off of the facts, and look at how these wildfires are causing glaciers to melt at such a rapid pace, increasing our sea level. We have to have to change how we live so our ocean is not polluted with a million pounds of carbon every minute! Ignoring this change in our world will not help anything, it will only make things worse.
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Hi my name is Kyle and I’m from California. Recently my class has been learning about CO2 emissions and, after doing the carbon footprint challenge, I realized that i release more greenhouse gases than the average human. I noticed that my food and home energy have released the most CO2. I wasn’t surprised by these results because i now realize how much energy I use in my home and the amount of plaster bags we get from the grocery store.
In my home, I don’t usually turn off the lights when I leave a room, which I realize now takes up a lot of energy. I also don’t turn off the faucet when brushing my teeth which could save a lot of water. Since we have a family of 5, we need a lot of groceries and we usually get plastic bags to take them home. If I turn off more lights and turn off the faucet, I could save a lot of energy and water. My family usually reuses plastic bags for other purposes and sometimes take them back to the store for them to reuse. Overall, if I start saving more energy and release less CO2 into the air, I can release less greenhouse gases into the air.
I found out that my carbon footprint is fairly small when compared to most Californians, or Americans, and quite frankly that surprised me. In the past I never had really thought about the environment, or about how much I affect it, I mean I had known about global warming but I guess I just figured that it was a far off thing that would never effect me. I find that funny, considering that I once attended a private school,for junior high, and they were very pro-green, well that whole town/school district. They would always have assemblies concerning the dangers of littering and pollution and what global warming will cause, and one of the most popular clubs there was the “green team”. which was dedicated to doing anything it could to help, for example volunteer work with helping the environment or settting up a garden at the school. The district rebuilt the largest elementary school in the town and made it eco-friendly by using better materials, technology, and the architecture of the school. When I left that school and started attending my current school there was a definite difference in opinion in the green department. Not that my current school isn’t eco- friendly, just not as much as my previous one. For awhile I still kept up my good habits, but after a few years my old habits kicked up again. Most of my footprint comes from the large amount of heat and cold that my family uses year round, needlessly leaving the lights on, taking ridiculously long showers, and me just being plain lazy. This assignment that I have had about my carbon foot print has reminded me about how important the planet is, and how important it is to keep it beautiful and clean.
Since the idea of climate change is based on science, evidence can prove it. Facts have been shown to the world, but there are still people who do not believe it is happening. In the United States, President Obama has unveiled climate change initiatives only to be dismissed by some republicans who call global warming “absolutely crazy” and “the biggest myth of the last 100 years.” How can people say these things when the facts are right in front of them?
I myself believe that climate change is definitely happening. CO2 has been proven to acidify oceans/harm marine life, wildfires are doubling in size, glaciers are melting, and billions of tons of CO2 is adding to the ozone layer.
Also, the idea of humans being the cause is completely correct. Nothing else could produce as much CO2 and other greenhouse gases as we do. Scientists know more about global warming then most of the public does, and almost all believe that climate change is in fact happening.
Hello everybody! My name is Spencer E from Northern California. Recently in these past few weeks my biology class has been talking about CO2 emissions and the daily affects of Carbon in the world. It came to my attention that I use a lot of carbon and when I say a lot, I mean A LOT. I didn’t ever think about it until it was brought up in my biology class. When we did the activities in class I thought I was right around the average person when it came to the subject of CO2 emissions and such. Then we took the challenge and wow, I was stunned to find out that I was 4131kg over the average person in my region.
The big factor in my large amount of CO2 emissions was what I did at home. I tend to leave things on after I’m done using them like the TV, video games, lights and so on. I realized how much I am wasting and have been trying to make sure every time I’m done with something that I turn it off. Because it could quite possibly save a lot of CO2 emissions. After this carbon footprint challenge I am now looking for ways to cut down on my usage and try to do the most ecological thing I can do. I had a great time!
So, recently I came to a conclusion that I didn’t know how incandescent light bulbs actually affected the environment at all. So, I decided to research it and realised that it was just another thing that produced unnecessary amounts of carbon into the air and is literally a big reason on why the planet is suffering.
This is article linked down below has many offers to substituting the incandescent light bulb and many of them are really interesting. The fact that if people stopped using these poisonous bulbs would even save money since they wouldn’t have to be made constantly. I honestly am baffled at why people haven’t jumped on this change.
Then , after looking into it further through the article I found that the bulbs that didn’t produce carbon were more expensive. Just as so many other things in this world, especially America, expenses are what rule people by force and it saddens me deeply.
Persoanlly, I’m persuaded into persuading my parentals into really looking into making a permanent switch. A change can start with just one family and I’m on the list to make a change.
If you’re interested in seeing the different types of light bulbs people have been coming up with, take a look at the article. I’m open to anyone replying on what they think is the most interesting or any ideas that they have to making it so that making this important change can be universal. Because I’m honestly stuck.
Even though there are many things that I and other people should be willing to do for the planet, I do have a few “off the table” aspects of my daily life. One of these includes travel. Hundreds of years ago, not many people were travelling across states or to different countries. However today, since it is possible, I visit family and friends frequently even though in order to do it I emit large amounts of CO2. This aspect has become a normal thing in almost everyone’s life, except it is one of the main sources of releasing CO2. Another thing I would not be willing to give up is all the appliances that are in use every single day. Computers, televisions, microwaves, washer machines, ect., all are pretty necessary in my life. Even though people know they could easily live an extremely simple life in order to save our planet, not many are willing to give up their comfortable life-style.
With gas prices on the rise, people are looking for more ways to save money. An obvious solution would be an electric car. I mean, what could be better? You have 0 emissions, you don’t have to pay for gas, and all you have to do is charge it. But where does the electricity for that car come from? I looked into it and found that 45% of all electricity in the United States comes from coal. Burning coal not only harms the environment, but it is also very harmful to our bodies. Every year millions of tons of ash are released into the atmosphere from burning coal. This ash can contain mercury, uranium, thorium, arsenic, and other heavy metals, all of which are harmful to the body. In addition, mining coal usually requires deforestation. Mining coal can contaminate streams and rivers, making them undrinkable for nearby animals. This isn’t to say that there aren’t greener ways of obtaining energy, but those are just not as developed as the production of coal, which makes them more expensive. That leads me to question if electric cars, and other electronics, are really all that green?
I recently took the carbon foot print challenege, I am from California,USA. I scored rather low for my countries average but i feel after looking at other less devolped or less wealthy countries have way lower CO2 release averages.It becomes apparent that unless they have just an absurd amount of people like say India or China, that money has a huge effect on that areas CO2 releases. I feel that european economic crisis both hurts and helps the envioronment in several diffferent aspects.
One aspect in a negative way is the fact that most people in poor areas are fueling their homes with non eco friendly fuels unlike say a wealthier family who may use solar panels which are far more expensive. Though not all effects of this crisis are bad withless money people often walk, bike or try to find cheaper ways of transportation which greatly reduces CO2 emissions. Another thing that poorer countries may do which greatly reduces the amount of CO2 is the way they eat cheaper foods with probably far less meat and other foods which are packaged in a non environmentally friendly way.Despite being an extreme hardship it is evident that poverty can be linked to less of an enviornmental impact because of the way or living closer to the land and relying on less unnatural expensive things.
Hey everyone, my name is Owen Burchett. I live in Northern California and I’m here for the Carbon Footprint Challenge. I’m gonna talk about my Carbon Footprint over the summer and other people like me. Over the summer I play a lot of video games and go to a lot of parties. My Carbon Footprint is pretty large for a normal person and i changed it this last summer by not leaving lights on and taking much shorter showers, also i changed this by spending a lot more time outside playing video games during the day so i didn’t have to use lights all that often. I still have a lot to fix but i think that if people spend more time it will figuratively kill two birds with one stone, partially solve the obesity problem in america and help us to help the earth stay the way we want it. Healthy