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.
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Climate change is first and foremost an issue because people can’t even agree on whether or not it’s an issue in the first place. Before we even get into the solutions, we all (regardless of political party) need to come to the realization that yes, climate change is real and yes, it is affecting us in ways that we can see and feel. If you still believe that the freakish weather and heat waves we’ve been experiencing have nothing to do with climate change, you might want to ask your neighbor what he or she thinks because the majority of Americans now say they believe global warming is causing these incidents.
When I calculated my Carbon footprint mine was a good bit lower than our nations average. Living in the United States makes my footprint as a whole a lot bigger than the countries in the rest of the world. To be honest, people who live here, including myself, are so wasteful and inconsiderate. I learned that I need to carpool more for sure. There is no way possible for me to walk or even ride my bike to school. I just live too far away. It’s about a 20 minute drive to school, church, the grocery store, I would be walking or riding my bike literally all day. My diet is actually a lot lower than the average just because I only eat 1 or 2 meals a day. I snack some but not too much. My family recycles and burns as much trash as we can, though we still use about 3 or 4 bags of trash a week. But there is also four people that live in my house. Is there anything I can do to decrease my footprint?
My name is Caitlin Bond and I live in South Carolina. After calculating my carbon footprint, I was surprised to see the difference choices in diet can affect the carbon footprint one carries. I did not know that it made any difference on your environmental mark and I was surprised to see that mine was actually pretty high, probably because of the amount of to-go orders I take with me since I don’t usually have time to sit down and have a meal. I’m looking to eat more meals at home and eat fruits and vegetables more often since they are organic in order to lower my carbon footprint.
My name is Annie, I live in Lake Wylie. I realized my how much i drive raised my carbon footprint. I learned that i need to lower how much i drive by carpooling or riding bikes more. Where I live is not too far from certain places and I could easily ride my bike. Carpooling will also reduce my carbon footprint while saving money!
There are over 3,000 landfills in the United States and I don’t think people take this into account when throwing something away. It is easy to throw items away when we are done with them. Recycling items that have been used is a better choice than throwing the item away. An even better choice would be to reuse the item instead of recycling or throwing it away. This would skip the recycling step and save time and money. Reusing grocery bags, water bottles and styrofoam and plastic containers is the best option. If it is not an option to reuse it, then recycle it.
In my house we are very good at reusing. Whenever we get containers from takeout places, we keep them. They work very well at taking lunch to school, work, ect. This also keeps us from going to the store and buying new ones. Also we have reusable bottles we use wherever we go out or go to the gym. As well as reusable coffee cups on early mornings when we need to take some coffee with us to school or work. You can reuse anything, I’ve even seen people reuse butter or cool whip containers!
My mother and I like to grow our own vegetables and herbs during the summer time. We try our best in the wintertime but we don’t have a place in a window to put them for the plants to grow. We like the fresh taste, and it’s so cool to see how well you did growing your own! As for our backyard, we would grow a lot more than we do now but we don’t have that land to grow it on.
Hey, my name is Lauren and I am from the United States. I was not that surprised by my carbon footprint. My two highest categories were my home life and transportation. At home, my family and me do not think about what we are doing to the environment. We turn down our thermostat in the winter but that is about it. I have been trying to get my family to become more environmental friendly and we have made some changes. We do not keep lights on and we are recycling. I was surprised my transportation category at first but when I started thinking about it, I realized I let my car idle in the morning all the time and I drive often. I haven’t been leaving my car running in the morning and I’ve been trying to drive less.
Hi my name is Drew and I am from USA, and I was really suppressed by my carbon footprint results. Mine came in higher than the national average, i thought i did most of the things that helped the environment. My area of highest concern would have to be transportation, i drive almost every and my family travels a lot. Where i was high in transportation i was a little below average in most of the other aspects of the carbon footprint, especially purchases. Is there anything i wouldn’t give up? I enjoy longer showers in the morning to wake me up so i doubt i would give that up, but where i slack in that i will try to hang dry our clothes that we wash and wait until the dishwasher is complete full. Also i would still be bad in the transportation aspect, i am constantly going places and having something to do.