Hey all, I’m Dylan from Doylestown, Pennsylvania! My footprint is significantly lower than the PA average - 8535 kg instead of the average of 20301 kg, but I’m still embarrassed by how high my own number is.
Comparing myself to averages of other countries, I see that my 8k kg of carbon usage is not anything low enough to brag about - in fact, it’s more something to be ashamed about. The fact that there are some classes in Europe who’s average is lower than my own number - not even just lower than the PA average - is absolutely something that makes me worry about us in the US.
My number is likely as low as it is because I purchase so little (330 kg usage) - I don’t care to shop often, and wear my clothes until they are unwearable from wear-and-tear. The biggest hit to my footprint is my home usage at 3912 kg, which is because a lot of my time at home is spent on the computer.
I’m interested how other countries manage to get their averages so low. I consider myself an environmental activist, yet i realize that I am hypcritical in consuming as much as I do. Is environmental friendliness actively pressed in classes with such low averages, or is it something that you do naturally? If naturally, do you think it’s because you were raised to be so friendly to the Earth? I wasn’t really raised to appreciate the planet, but I feel like doing so would mean I would be more actively green than I am now.