I am a High schooler in the Bay Area and I recently calculated my Carbon Footprint in my Biology class. I figured my Footprint would be around average, seeing as my Mom drives a hybrid and I try and stay somewhat aware of how my actions can affect the environment. My results, however contradicted my hypothesis. My Footprint was shockingly high, nearly doubling the average American’s. I studied my results and noticed that my plane flights were the cause of the major spike in my footprint.
After noticing the effects the plane flights had on my Carbon Footprint I was motivated to search for a more efficient, practical way to fly. So I wondered what my government was doing to force aircrafts to be more climate-friendly. Then I ran into an article (link below) which stated that the EPA has refused to control pollution created by aircraft. It also mentioned that foreign governments, including the European union, have already attempted to control this major pollution source. So my idea is to force airline companies into using more climate-friendly methods, such as efficient engines and energy sources. This would not only help solve one aspect of climate-change, but also would contribute to the solving of global warming as a whole.
Calculating my footprint really opened my eyes to the ways I am hurting the environment. It also motivated me to try and be a part of the solution, not the problem, and I will continue to motivate myself, and others, to do the same.