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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!

Annie D-US
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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 Environmental responsibility at home
Natalia W-US, Feb. 26, 2014

In my household, we do all that we can to help the environment. It definitely isn’t our top priority but we still value the importance. We use reusable bottles whenever we can, recycle, don’t keep water running, take short showers, shut off lights when not in use, and eat organic foods. You cant save the world, but if everyone just made small changes in what they do everyday to help we could make this a better world to live in. You don’t have to do everything, just something.

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  • suzana poplašen suzana poplašen March 5, 2014
    i comletely agree! we can't save it but we can at least try not to make it worse. you can turn off the light when you don't need it, take a quick shower, wear a jumper insteand of turning up the heat,.. this is the least we can do for our planet.

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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 Wants or needs?
Amber M-US, Feb. 26, 2014

I believe that having the latest technology is a need for America because we have become such busy people that we need ways to stay in touch with others. I myself am always doing something at school and having to stay late, so if my parents need to know where I am at, then it is easy for them to just text or call me. Personally, I do not get a phone very often, I do not get one until my contract is up (2 years). When I do get an upgrade, it is very much needed because the newer phones have better updates and other necessities that make a phone wonderful. In today’s society, we would not have a lot of things that we consider important if it was not for technology, like machines that have helped find cures for majority of the diseases, like the Flu or Polio. Technology is getting better and better every day and in the future who knows what amazing technological advances would be made?

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  • andrea porcini andrea porcini Feb. 27, 2014
    I believe that it's a need because if you haven't got the latest technology you haven't good information and news but for young people it's also a want because they like last models and they are influenced by advertisement on tv.

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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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Discussions Discussion Off the table?
Kornelijus G-Lithuania, Feb. 26, 2014

I am from Lithuania and my carbon foot print is higher than the average in my country. To be honest, I can’t believe that it is true, because my family and I are environmentally friendly. However, we decided to change our life style, to reduce our carbon print.

Kornelijus G-Lithuania
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Discussions Discussion Family footprint
Courtney R-US, Feb. 26, 2014

Though my family is already good with living in an eco friendly household, there are still adjustments that could be made to improve the amount of carbon we send out in the air. Such as shopping trips, we take at least four trips to the local grocery store each week to pick up things we forget to buy the first trip, in order to reduce the amount of trips to the store, I would write a detailed list of things I need for the week, then go to the store and pick everything up. If something is forgotten or wasn’t in stock on my list, I would write it down on next week’s shopping list! In the summer, the windows would be open to allow a slight breeze of wind through my house instead of using the air condition all the time. For the winter, the heating would be on a low temperature and a low setting with blankets being available for when people around the house get cold. Finally, the improvement of my household habits would be changed in my house is to use eco friendly cleaning supplies. For instance, harmful cleaning substances contain toxins that are unhealthy for the environment, when the Earth consumes those toxins; it becomes very harmful for the environment.

Courtney R-US
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Discussions Discussion Off the table?
Courtney R-US, Feb. 26, 2014

For living in America, my carbon footprint is lower than the average American. My family is very eco friendly in heating and cooling our house. During the winter, the windows stay shut and blankets are always available for when it gets chilly. During the summer, my family refrains from having the air condition on full blast by keeping the windows open when there’s a fresh, cool breeze outside to cool our house. My shopping habits are good, I refrain from buying clothes all the time and I enjoy shopping at used clothes stores to buy cheaper clothes. My eating habits are about normal for an American, I eat meat a couple times a week and the rest of my diet is filled with vegetables. The category of my carbon footprint was mostly impacted by my transportation. I drive an older car, which is less fuel efficient and worse for the environment. I also enjoy driving by myself more than I do carpooling. I believe this is something that could definitely be improved in order to lower my carbon footprint.

Courtney R-US
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  • Casey M-US Casey M-US Feb. 26, 2014
    I can agree with you on the transportation. I drive an older vehicle that does not get as good gas mileage. Also, I enjoy driving, especially by myself instead of with others. My truck runs just fine and gets me where I need to go, so why get another vehicle that is better on gas mileage. I have been told by people before, “I’ll use it till it dies.” That is basically what I am saying about my truck. Also, if something goes wrong, I have a brother that is a mechanic that is willing to work on my truck for me. So, my transportation is one thing that I am not willing to change. What is the lowest for my carbon footprint though are my purchases. I am not a huge fan on shopping, especially for clothes. I try to keep things as simple as possible.

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