Hi. My name is Rhianna. I am a high school student from Houston, Texas. When I calculated my carbon footprint, I expected it to come up as higher than the average for my region. Based on my input, my total footprint is 18981 kg of CO₂ per year, compared to an average of 24300 kg for Texas, USA, and 3791 kg (= 8358 lb.) worldwide. For my region, we give off about 6387 kg of CO₂. I give off 9115 kg this is most likely because I play sports and all of my games are a couple hours away. CO₂ given off from my home is 6893 kg while my region’s average is 9385 kg. My family and I are good about staying energy efficient. My average footprint for food is 2303 kg while my region’s is 5551 kg. This is most likely because I eat organically, locally grown food. My footprint for purchases is only 669 kg while my region’s averages at 2977 kg. I was surprised because I thought that I spent too much!
The only one of my averages that was above the normal for my region was that of transportation. An easy fix would be to carpool with people who are on my soccer team or are going to the same activity as I am. I already carpool with a senior and a freshman to and from school every day. I looked up the pros and cons of carpooling to see what others thought. The article was more directed at adults or older teenagers who have their license.
Carpooling is very beneficial for me. I don’t’ have a license yet and I don’t regularly have to run errands. I have a pretty predictable schedule so I can plan ahead for any changes in the carpooling times or pickup spots. For teens who don’t have a license, I can understand how it would be more sensible for them to carpool rather than for older, licensed drivers to carpool.