Hello everyone, my names is Federico. I live in Cerveno, a small village in the north of Italy. I think that this problem concerns mainly the young. For example in my school more and more young people want to buy a new phone or a new computer only for fashion or to have the latest model. I think that this isn’t a need; for example I don’t change a phone until it still works and I think everyone should learn to do it.
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I think the having the latest technology is a need for people who actually have to use them for business and work. However, it is a want for people who does not necessarily need them. For example, many people in my school have iphone 5 or some other newest technology, but I highly doubt that a 16 year old teenager needs such a high technology to help himself to study or work? The phone I have right now is my second one, I had my first phone since gr. 6, and got a new phone in gr. 9. I only buy a new mp3 if it is broken. Personally, I do not need a new model. I think most of the electronic devices affect the environment in the society, people should be careful and only buy necessary needs.
Hello everyone! My name is Stjepan and I’m from Croatia. I’m 15 years old and I’m really glad I participate in the ISCFC. I have calculated my footprint and I found out that the total amount of CO2 I release is 5562 kg per year. That is about the same as the average in Croatia (although the usage of CO2 in the home category is 500 kg above the Cratian average).
I have decided to do same changes. First I’ll replace the old light bulbs with the new, more energy efficient ones. I’ll also try to reduce, reuse and recycle more. I intend to print and write on both sides of the paper because I cannot afford myself to waste the paper while the rainforests are suffering because of me. I will try to cut down on water consumption and take shorter showers as well. I can walk and ride my bike more often as well. I will use reusable bags instead of plastic ones. I think I will help my parents and grandparents in the garden every weekend so that we can produce more healthy food for our family.
I am aware of local and global air and water pollution and of soil contamination and of increasing number of people with respiratory and cardiovascular diseases and I think we should change our lifestyle as soon as possible. We should also do our best to help endangered plants and animals to survive. We should promote it at home and in school.
I am really happy to see so many posts from all over the world and I am glad I can learn so much from you! :)
Hi my name is Jonathan and I’m from Texas.
I think the reason many people’s carbon footprint is so high is because there is nothing nearby for transportation to be any lower. So not very many people can change that. Fortunately for me, everything I need to get to is within 5 miles so that makes my transportation not high. If most communities had grocery stores or restaurants nearby, then the world carbon footprint would significantly decrease.
Hi, my name is Maddie and I’m 14 years old. I live in the United States. In the United States I live in Pennsylvania. My total footprint is 19549 kg of CO₂ per year, compared to an average of 20301 kg for Pennsylvania, USA, and 3791 kg (= 8358 lb) worldwide. I would really like to talk to you guys and compare all of our information. I think its cool that we are travel very differently . !! maddiieee (:
Hi, My name is Danni and I’m Pennsylvania. My carbon footprint was 17832 kg CO₂ per year. I thought it would be way higher then what it turned out to be. For transportation the results were 5842 kg, at home it is 9818 kg, for food its 1537 kg, and for purchases its 634 kg. i don’t really know what to expect for these categories. I wonder if its normal or not? I think that going this activity with my school is so cool and I really like how it has to do the whole world. Thats so cool!!!!
My carbon footprint was 11054 kg of CO₂ per year, compared to an average of 20301 kg for Pennsylvania. I thought that my carbon footprint would be about the same as the average person in PA. I was about half the average person in PA. One improvement I could make is I could use reusable bags when shopping. I could also unplug electronics when I am not using them.