Hello, my name is Kelly and I’m from Texas. After calculating my carbon footprint, i released that the most contributing factor was transportation. My carbon footprint for transportation was 8939 kg and in my region it is 6387 kg. I had 6 flights last year which is a lot for me. I usually just take 2 flights each year, but last year was an exception. This year so far i have only had 2 flights and I probably won’t go anywhere for the rest of the year, so if i were to calculate my carbon footprint with that information then it would probably go down a bit. Transportation was the only contributing factor that was above average of my region. I have done research and now know that transportation is one of the main causes for carbon footprints being so high. I now know to watch and conserve energy in the transportation department. Not only on airplanes but in cars, buses and trains.
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Hello, my name is Elana and these are some of the things that I would not change.
Although I know I could change my carbon footprint drastically, I have some things I am very unwilling to change about my everyday life to make that happen. Some of the things I am willing to change, though, are these: Carpooling, because I think it would be easy because a lot of people who go to my school live in my neighborhood. It might be hard for me to adjust, but I could do it. The second is turning off lights more. Honestly, I don’t need a lot of light to get through my day. We have big windows in both my mom’s and dad’s houses, so natural light could make up for it. Some things I’m not willing to change include my shower time. I’m a person who takes 20-30 minute showers, and let me tell you, its great. I know that seems selfish but honestly I think that with enough other changes made, it will not matter as much in the scheme of things. Another thing I’m willing to do is cut down my food category…although I’m not quite sure how that whole thing even works. Anyone have thoughts?
i agree it seemed the US had a way higher carbon footprint than the other countries. i think it is because we are the youngest country and don’t neccassarily know what its like to have absolutly nothing; we just don’t have a large a history as the other countries. Not to mention how advanced our civilization is and that we seem to have unlimited resources even though we really don’t
i think the fact everyone wants the next big this plays a very key part in the fact that our carbon footprints are so high. if we all stopped spending and wanting s much as we do rght now our carbon footprint could drop drasticly. my famiy but a lot of food and we sometimes end up throwing it out because we have too much to eat before it goes bad. i alsothis that we should carpool and use greener ways of transportation more often. his could also improve our footprints if we worked together to carpool to work or school. i amd going to try and carpool when i can. i also am going to cut down on shower times amd remeber to turn of my lights.
Hello, my carbon footprint was overall very high even though my family uses solar panels and gas for heat in the house. We have a pool which takes up a lot of energy to keep heated. During the summer we don’t use any cooling except ceiling fans once in awhile. My mom and my brother take long showers around 25minutes each which is a lot of water also. My showers are also very long which i have cut down to half to reduce my carbon footprint. We turn off the lights once we leave the house and i walk to school every morning and back. The only day i don’t walk to school is Wednesday because my mom goes to work early and just takes me since its on the way. Both of our cars are Eco-friendly with good gas mileage. I have a big family so we usually have barbeques so we consume alto of meat. I use a computer, Television, and smartphone everyday and i’m not willing to change that. I don’t travel a lot either, i travel maybe once every three years to another country.
My name is Julia and I live in California. According to my newfound research, my home energy is also a major contributor to the total amount of CO2 released. 3263 kg of light energy leads to increase my carbon footprint, so a good 142 hours of light are being used on an average daily basis. All this CO2 is being released from a single house. So in this entire world, think about how many houses and apartments there are. Millions. Every single amount of light emitted contributes to a increasingly high carbon footprint.
We could definitely reduce the carbon footprint regarding light energy by simply turning off the lights more frequently. It’s not as if there are people present in every single room where the lights are needed. Lights are unnecessary when unused, which they often are as they’re forgotten to be turned off. When you’re looking for lightbulbs, people may not realize the great effect a different light bulb may make. Fluorescent bulbs are the most prevalent energy efficient bulb that are available today. They consume an average of 75% less electricity than incandescent lights. Switching to energy efficient lighting represents a great opportunity to reduce your carbon footprint and help save money for you electricity bill. From now on, I will try to remember to turn off the lights after I leave a room. That way I won’t let the light sit there for hours wasting up the energy and giving off carbon. I will also try to buy more fluorescent bulbs, when we need to replace old ones. Those bulbs are able to save more energy and consume less electricity. Next time, I decide to test and see how much my carbon footprint really is, I know that I’ll see a difference in the home energy section.
Hi, I’m a student from US. Our school/class recently did an assignment to find out our carbon footprints, and I was absolutely astonished at how high mine is! Before this, I have always thought that my family produces very little considering how conservative we are in our lights.. It turns out that I produce a little more than the average :(. I never expected that food and bath/showers would have such a major effect. After learning about the bad contributions I’m making to society and the world, my number priority currently is to 1. Take efficient showers 2. Eat better 3. Walk more. Anything else I could do to drastically decrease my carbon footprint?
Hi, Im a student from California and my family, especially my mom does a lot of the being green stuff in our house. We are currently switching all of our lightbulbs to CFL bulbs and we have solar panels for our pool and other stuff. I was pretty positive that my carbon footprint wouldn’t be that high because of all the green things we do in our home. I put everything into the calculator and my carbon footprint was off the charts. The biggest one was travel. My family likes to travel and we usually go see my family in Europe once a year, we also go on vacations like cruises and a few tournaments down in Southern California. My travel carbon footprint was higher than what my footprint should have been all together. I don’t really know what do to because I need to travel far away to get to my family or a weekend tournament. I was wondering if traveling on planes is one of the biggest contributors to CO2 emissions. People fly on planes so much these days it crazy. I always thought that flying isn’t as bad because there are so many people on a flight. I just want peoples opinions on what you think I should do to lower my CO2 emissions.
After taking the carbon footprint challenge, I was both horrified and pleased with the results. My home carbon footprint was far below average, as was my purchases’. My food category was just a tad below my region’s average, but nothing spectacular. However, my transportation footprint was astonishing. The average for my region was about 8000 pounds per year (about 3600 kg), but my footprint was about 32000 pounds (about 14000 kg)! This number blew me away, as I usually pride myself on being somewhat environmentally thrifty. That’s what 3 round trip flights, one of which was international, and a drive 550 miles away will do for you, I guess. However, I’m all-around pleased with my footprint, as this massive amount of traveling will definitely NOT be a habit of my family’s. I’m happy as long as my 3 other categories are kept in check as they are now. However, I’m not willing to alter the amount of traveling I do (although I doubt I will ever do quite as much as I’ve done in the past year), which is why I posted this in the Off the Table section.
I’m from California and we use plenty of water here. Last year, my teacher had us all do something good for the environment for an assignment. Most of the kids planted trees, but one girl didn’t keep the water on when brushing her teeth for a month and it made a huge impact on her water usage! If everyone did something small for just a little bit of time like take 2 minute shorter showers we could make a HUGE impact on our environment.