After calculating my carbon footprint, I found out the biggest impact or category was transportation. This did not really surprise me because I do go and drive a lot of places during the week. Even though it is affecting the environment I do not think I could compromise much. I can carpool more and try to minimize the amount of cars driving to the same place, but for me to decrease the amount of miles I drive every week would be more difficult. I do after school activities and such so trying to minimize the amount of driving would be too hard in some of my cases.
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If I were to create a city whose goal is to have low carbon transportation, things would be a lot different from where I live. Not having big diesel trucks and such would be the first thing to eliminate and then start to emphasis on walking or riding bikes to certain places. My city wouldn’t have as many roads but would instead have trails and bike lanes. Even though it would be better for the environment, to me personally I would not like to live there.
Wanting to have the latest technology is a want in my opinion. Even though I do get the latest technology that is available, I really do not need it for me to survive or be happy. I usually get a new cell phone about every 2 or 3 years but it depends on how well my current phone holds up over that time. I didn’t really need the new model of the iPhone, but I got it for Christmas so I’m not going to complain. I don’t really think the use of technology such as cell phones and mp3 players have an environmental impact. If you are addicted just try to take time away from using the technology every day and increase the amount over time until you only use technology when needed.
When I calculated my footprint my food was higher than most. I have never thought about how much I take for granted the food that I have. I believe it has something to do with how accessible food is here. I could walk to the store right down the street and get anything I desire. But some people do not have that opportunity. I think we could do more to stop world hunger but I do not know how to go about doing that.
I think that new technology is mostly a want not a need. Generally a common person doesn’t need the latest technology to live their life. Old technologies get the job done but might not be as nice or convenient as new items. I think there is a need for new technology if your job depends on it, especially for communication purposes. It’s important to have new technology in business because it can helps companies be the best they can. With the expansion of technology there is also a reduction in paper and waiting time, which makes sharing things much easier. If companies and people utilize these programs and devices their work is more efficient and rewarding.
Hi my name is Lilee and my carbon footprint was 12,489 kg of CO2. Comparing to some areas, there are a lot of areas that have higher carbon footprints than me or some areas that have super low carbon footprints. I think these are different because different places do not have to use that much transportation and do not have the same resources as i do? I know that those who live in Madrid, Spain or any part of Europe would have a less travel carbon footprint than I because they walk on foot a lot and theres not that much transportation being used because everything is walking distance. When me and my friends go somewhere, we all carpool and just use one car so that we wouldn’t have to waste that much gas. That’s one of the things that keeps my travel carbon footprint low. I’m willing to keep carpooling to keep it low and to eat more organic food and start using more fluorescent light bulbs in my house to keep my carbon footprint low.
The Unites States has one of the biggest carbon footprints in the world. While the US might be one of the largest countries in the world it’s not even close to having the most amount of people. India has little less than a billion more people in their country and their footprint is less that half of ours. I think the reason that the US has such a high carbon footprint is the use of technology and the luxury that people live in. Technology and resources are easily accessible and plentiful making it easier to waste them. Travel plays another role in the US’s large footprint. In most places things are very spread apart and you have to drive a good distance to get anywhere. The US’s carbon footprint could be drastically reduced if more people made a conscious effort to conserve resources.
Being born in Poland and having family all on the east coast, sometimes the only way for me to travel is by plane. I take planes to go over to Connecticut to see my dad and fly over to Poland to visit the rest of my family. My mom and I also used to live in New York so we go there a lot to visit family and friends. But when we go visit, we go by car. Also, when visiting my cousins in Washington DC we drive. It’s better to drive by car than plane.
If I were to create my own house and family and live on any place, I would live on a lot of land and have a big garden. I would grow fruits and vegetables and herbs but i would have the same electricity that i use today. I would leave in the city with grocery stores and what not (metropolitan area) so that I can WALK to the places needed, but I would still have a car just in case but I would not use it as much because I would walk to the locations needed. I would drive my kids to school because I don’t think it would be safe for them to walk but when they get older then they could possibly walk to school. I would get my food from my garden that I would grow with all my fruits and veggies and herbs and I would also go to the local grocery store to buy organic foods. I would also go to a farmers market to try and get organic foods.
After finding out what my carbon footprint was my family and I became more conscience of our actions. We started to recycle plastic, glass, and paper. We also expanded our garden at home and are more aware when we go shopping to look for local or organic foods. We are also buying more biodegradable paper plates and such.