Hello everyone, my name is Alia El Sabrout and I’m from Egypt. My carbon footprint happens to be above my country’s average, since mine is 6281 kg and the average is 3352 kg. Regarding the amount of CO2 that I alone produce, I’d like to explain that a big part of it is because I live 24 km away from my school, so I travel 48 km a day. If it had not been for that, I believe my carbon footprint would have been very different. I also believe that a big contributor to my high level of carbon footprint released every year is due to the fact that Egypt is a very warm country, and thus, we use our air conditioners almost all the time for about 5 months. My house alone has 3-4 air conditioners turned on almost all the time those entire 5 months. Another contributor to my high carbon footprint is the fact that Egypt has not been yet a very big sponsor or fan of recycling campaigns. At my school, because it’s an international school, we do have recycling organizations, however, they do not recycle everything (public schools do not have those campaigns). So, I believe that is a main reason that my carbon footprint is at this level. Everything is used once and then that’s it. By doing this survey, I’ve learned that leading a healthy lifestyle does not only come from eating right, but it comes from living right. I have learned, by going through all the questions, reading each and every one of them, thinking about them, and analyzing my life as an Egyptian, that the international community expects so much of me, and a lot of those expectations I unfortunately am not working up to. It came to my surprise that people around the world sometimes take their own reusable bags and baskets to the grocery store. In Egypt, when I go grocery shopping with my family, we use about 12 new bags; we use about 12 new bags every weekend. I also came to realize that a very large section of the world use bikes to get to and from places, while Egypt depends mainly on polluting vehicles for transportation all the time. To reduce my annual carbon footprint, I will start out by buying a basket that I will try taking with me whenever I go grocery shopping. I will ask our principal to put baskets for each recyclable object that we don’t recycle yet at our school, such as glass and aluminum/tin. I will also try to narrow down the amount of air conditions turned on at the same as much as possible by sharing a room with any of my family members more frequently. The survey really has taught me a lot, and it stimulated my thinking on the topic. I want to decrease my carbon footprint, and having said so, I will work up to the expectations of the international community. I hope that next year, looking back at this year’s carbon footprint, while doing the survey again next year, I see a decrease in the level of CO2 I release for the sake of a cleaner Egypt, an unpolluted world, and a better future for us and for all of those generations that are yet to come.