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.
Growing your own food has many social and environmental benefits. For one, it helps save money. You do not have to go to the grocery store and buy the vegetables and fruits. I would love to have a garden. I believe I would be able to do it. I have never grown anything in my life though. I would have to learn.
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.
Some stuff that we consider trash could defiantly be reused. Recycling has become very big over the past few years and is still growing. It is becoming the next big thing and it seems like everyone is doing it! Majority of the grocery stores that I shop at have a box located at the entrances asking for you to bring you plastics bags back once you are done, and put it in the box so that they can be reused. Another place plastic grocery bags come in handy is at a local food bank. Our local Clover Area Assistance Center ask for us to bring them our grocery bags so that they can use them. There are numerous places for us to reduce, reuse, and recycle!
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.
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.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, in 2011 there was over 250.4 million tons of trash thrown away. The reality of this is that there are so many more uses for the items we consider to be trash. The recycling movement has ushered numerous ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle items we believe no longer have a use. For instance, trash bags that our groceries are carried out of the stores in act as a great trash bag for small trashcans, or a trash bag in the car. Not only does this reduce the amount of plastic thrown away, but it also reduces the amount of plastic needed to produce trash bags. Another great way to eliminate trash is to donate old items. The United States alone has over 1.5 million non-profit organizations. These places are always looking for people to donate old or lightly used items. This is a great way to give back to the community while you save the environment. All in all, recycling is the greatest and most all-encompassing aspect of environmental protection we all can do.
When i calculated my carbon footprint, my biggest category was transportation; which wasn’t surprising. I have a lot I do during the day that I have to use my car to get to. I work about fifteen minutes from my house, and about thirty from my boyfriend’s house, where I usually hang out at. I always hang out with him so I have to drive there. I also participate in a nursing program which asks me to drive to the nursing home. Last but not least, I have to drive to school five out of seven days a week. All of these locations are spread out, and it’s hard to keep my transportation level down because I drive so much. Riding a bike or riding on a bus isn’t possible for me. The only bus I could take is the one to and from school, and they aren’t even kept clean. There is no bus to take me around Lake Wylie. I wouldn’t be able to ride a bike because all of the places I need to go are so spread out. Giving up my transportation would be impossible for me.