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Discussions Discussion Plastic - the Great or the Threat?
Sabrina M-US, Feb. 28, 2014

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.

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Discussions Discussion Food & hunger
Lizzy H USA, Feb. 28, 2014

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!

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Discussions Discussion Reducing the Carbon Footprint
Sabrina M-US, Feb. 28, 2014

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.

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  • suzana poplašen suzana poplašen March 4, 2014
    hi, I'm Suzana from Slovenia. i can't tell that my family is environmentally friendly but we're trying to change. our biggest problem is transportation. we live in the village that is far away from any bigger city so we use car dialy. i admire people like you who are so dedicate to enviroment. we decide to change our life style because we don't want to make our planet eaven more polluted. we try to turn off the lights when we don't need them and instead of enlarge heating we dress warmer. i know that those are baby steps but we have strated at least and we'll trying harder.

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Discussions Discussion Health & Environment
Shawn Anderson, Feb. 28, 2014

I believe that in many ways the environment in which a human lives in does play a significant role in his or her health. People who live in less fortunate areas of the world do no have the resources that someone who lives in a urban community. Being less fortunate means you will have to find cheap easy ways to stay healthy. However living a healthy lifestyle doesn’t come cheap and not everyone has the money to follow the life of living healthy. Another fact is all the temptations that a person in the city might have rather than a person in a rural community. There aren’t McDonalds around every corner in Rural communities so they do not have to fight the temptation and urge.

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Discussions Discussion Family footprint
Shawn Anderson, Feb. 28, 2014

If i had my own house i would do a lot to make sure that it is a lot more energy efficient. I would start off by having solar panels installed on my roof and i would use the sunlight as my source of energy and i would have a generator just in case. I would use energy efficient light bulbs all over my house and that would also lower it. and i would live in a urban place on the outskirts of a city but definitely not in the country. I hate the country. And i would probably get my food from the same places but i would just go to the farmers market more often.

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Discussions Discussion Reuse & repurpose
Shawn Anderson, Feb. 28, 2014

To be honest I do not know if there are better ways but i do know that there are a variety of other options rather than throwing things away or tossing things into a recycling bin. A water bottle for example can be used over and over again and that saves so much waste. America uses enough water bottle to wrap around the earth multiple times. Even though there are recycling plants all over stuff will eventually back up so reusing water bottles will greatly decrease the world’s carbon footprint.

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Discussions Discussion Food & hunger
Shawn Anderson, Feb. 28, 2014

I didn’t realize how much higher my carbon footprint on my food choices was than that of the rest of the United States and other countries. I noticed it was most likely due to the fact that for my sports choices i have to have a great calorie intake and a high protein intake and those variables probably increase my footprint significantly. I also eat a lot of other products some that i may need and others not so much. Instead of wasting money i could donate or find a way to help someone who may not be as lucky as i am to have 3 or more meals a day. Some people don’t even have one a day and they go through the daily struggle to survive without starving so that could be something i do to help since that is a growing problem in our nation.

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Discussions Discussion World AKA ‘MERICA
Jack O-US, Feb. 28, 2014

I do think that America is amazing and i think that we are very lucky to have what we have. I think that it is our obligation to help other countries. I have a lot of pride in my country and I would like to keep it around. We didn’t do to well in the olympics we will come back and do better in a couple years. Thanks!

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Discussions Discussion Should we really be eating meat?
Jack O-US, Feb. 28, 2014

Hows it going? My name is Jack! I do think that we should eat meat. if we don’t eat meat then there will be too many animals in the world. If we didn’t hunt deer there would be too many deer in the US. Meat is also a huge part of our diet and without it we wouldn’t be healthy. That is my view on Meat.

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Discussions Discussion Plastic - the Great or the Threat?
Jack O-US, Feb. 28, 2014

I believe that plastic can be great if it is used in a renewable way. Using a bunch of plastic disposable water bottles isn’t a renewable way. If you use a reusable water bottle that can help a lot. I also think that people should start using more biodegradable materials for plastic bags and bottles. This would reduce waste and make other waste disappear quicker.

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  • Heidi B-USA Heidi B-USA Feb. 28, 2014
    Hey Jack I think that your ideas are awesome! I have a friend in Germany who told me that their 2 liter bottles they recycle and the companies (like coca-cola) take them back and wash them and sanitize them so they can be reused. He said that it helped cut down on littering and the size of landfills in their country. I thought that was amazing and that the US should adopt an idea like that to help reduce pollution and littering too!

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