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Discussions Discussion Off the table?
Skyler W-US, Feb. 27, 2014

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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Discussions Discussion Is climate change real? Is it mostly human …
Billy Angelou, Feb. 27, 2014

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.

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  • Allison C-US Allison C-US Feb. 28, 2014
    Yep. I love how people seem to adopt this ideal of selective ignorance, as if to hide the fact that they're gradually hurting the earth with their own poor decisions. Climate change is real, harmful, and unfortunate, and we need to do what we can to slow or prevent it. A good start is to just come to agreement that it's a real dilemma, and then go from there.

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Discussions Discussion Food & hunger
Maddi Ownbey, Feb. 27, 2014

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?

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Discussions Discussion Food & hunger
Caitlin Bond, Feb. 27, 2014

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.

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Discussions Discussion Student footprints
Annie D-US, Feb. 27, 2014

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!

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  • Kelsey Bufford Kelsey Bufford Feb. 27, 2014
    I have the same problem as you Anna. My carbon footprint went up significantly because of the amount I drive. Carpooling and walking or even riding a bike would lower my carbon footprint. Not only will I save money for myself by doing these things, but also for my friends that I could carpool with!
  • Leonardo Ferrari Feb. 27, 2014
    I completely agree with Annie, I live in Rome, Italy and being a city everything you need is pretty close to you. Before taking your car or your moped you should think that maybe you can go to the grocery store by foot or by bike, reducing the carbon footprint, saving money and getting in shape! :)

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Discussions Discussion Reuse & repurpose
Kenna Babson, Feb. 26, 2014

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.

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  • Kelsey Bufford Kelsey Bufford Feb. 27, 2014
    With the amount of landfills we have, and the amount of trash we produce, I believe we are destroying our planet. The landfills only hold so much trash and it takes years for the trash to decompose, if it does at all. With recycling we can reduce this trash production rate and keep our planet cleaner for a longer period of time!
  • Kelsey Bufford Kelsey Bufford Feb. 27, 2014
    With the amount of landfills we have, and the amount of trash we produce, I believe we are destroying our planet. The landfills only hold so much trash and it takes years for the trash to decompose, if it does at all. With recycling we can reduce this trash production rate and keep our planet cleaner for a longer period of time!
  • Courtney R-US Courtney R-US Feb. 27, 2014
    I completely agree, Kenna! I believe paper plates are among one of the most used items, in my household at least. It's easy to throw a quick dinner together and not have a load of dishes to wash afterwards by using paper plates. While that may be time efficient, it is so wasteful. If families knew the massive amount of trash they produce, I'm sure they would start to change their wasteful ways. For example, if each household had to keep their own trash for a month—no dumpsters, no trash pickup trucks—I'm sure they would conserve and reuse as much as they possibly could. Just recently, my family has invested in a recycle bin for our house. Now, instead of having one trash can, we have two. It makes recycling a lot easier to just sort through what I'm throwing away and the designated can is right there! Plastic bags are also included in one of the largest consumed things. Grocery shopping has become a weekly or even sometimes daily thing for most households, and with grocery shopping comes the plastic bags! There are many ways to reuse plastic bags, such as using it for a trash bag in a trash can, you can also use it when cleaning or transporting items. Recycling is easy and isn't all that time consuming, people just don't take the first steps to recycling, Americans don't accept or know how to handle change, therefore we reject change and define it as negative or not worth the time. All it takes is that beginning step to get into recycling!
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Discussions Discussion Reuse & repurpose
Natalia W-US, Feb. 26, 2014

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!

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Discussions Discussion Home grown
Natalia W-US, Feb. 26, 2014

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.

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  • kevin prince boateng kevin prince boateng Feb. 27, 2014
    me too i have got a garden where i grow vegetebles and fruits like onion,garlic,courgettes,tomatoes,salad,potatos and some fruits. i like coltivate because is more healty and cheap. :)
  • Annie D-US Annie D-US Feb. 27, 2014
    This is such an awesome and healthy way to get your own food! It’s also super good for the environment. When I get older I want to keep a garden and grow everything fresh because I know it’ll save me money as well. Land is definitely the key to start growing but sometimes they have community gardens around areas.

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Discussions Discussion Student footprints
Lauren D-US, Feb. 26, 2014

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.

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  • Annie D-US Annie D-US March 5, 2014
    It is a great idea to turn down the thermostat when you leave! It's also best to turn off the lights when you leave a room. This save tons of energy. When it's cold outside, I always let my car idle and that is something I need to improve on.
  • Annie D-US Annie D-US March 5, 2014
    It is a great idea to turn down the thermostat when you leave! It's also best to turn off the lights when you leave a room. This save tons of energy. When it's cold outside, I always let my car idle and that is something I need to improve on.

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Discussions Discussion Off the table?
Drew S USA, Feb. 26, 2014

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.

Drew S USA
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  • Jada L-Us Jada L-Us Feb. 26, 2014
    Hi im Jada. I can agree on needing to cut back on my carbon footprint. In my family we travel a lot because, i have a lot to do and always need to be somewhere. Someways i've tried to lower my footprint are carpooling with others especially when me and my friends go out.
  • Billy Angelou Billy Angelou Feb. 27, 2014
    I agree with you Drew I was also really surprised by the results of my carbon footprint. I knew that my carbon footprint would be at least a little above the United states average but I was not excepting the results I got. In my defense I have a really large family which probably helps contribute the the amount of food and transportation that I use. I think in general though a good way to cut down on our carbon footprint is to carpool to places with friends and cut down on how often we eat out vs eating a home cooked meal.
  • Emily R-US Emily R-US Feb. 27, 2014
    I had very similar high results for my carbon footprint in the category involving transportation. I feel that this has a lot to do with where we live. Living in a non urban area of the southern part of the US has its drawbacks when it comes to transportation. Almost everyone has a car because public transport is not a realistic option. Small populations can not support this type of public service. In addition, in a rural setting, walking places is unrealistic! Unlike the city, destinations are more spread out. There are ways, despite these drawbacks, that lowering transportation carbon footprints can be possible. For instance, being aware of the fuel efficiency of cars when purchasing makes a difference. People can also try and carpool when driving and run all errands in one trip. These are ways that we could lower our transportation emissions without giving up our cars!

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