Just recently I was able to calculate my family’s carbon footprint.
The highest contributor to my carbon footprint is transportation. It is higher than average because my truck does not get the best milage. Another reason why my transportation is high is because I drive to school and I do not carpool with anyone.
One of the reasons why my carbon footprint is lower than average is because my house does not have an AC system and my my family doesn’t use the heat very often. In the colder months, we only put the heater on at night, and in the day we wear a lot of layers.
One way that I could decrease my carbon footprint is by using public transportation.
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Just recently I was able to calculate my family’s carbon footprint.
When calculating my carbon footprint I was shocked to see how much emission was being put out just my me traveling. This made me want to drive less and find other ways of transportation. I was shocked at how little my emission was from th different foods that I ate. I thought that it would be a lot higher than it actually was. Through this calculation it really made me want to do more to help the enbironment by recycling moreand just doing what ever I can. The little things are what count so I realized that if I do my part even if it is only a little that I am helping. No matter what doing something is better than doing nothing.
My name is Chioma and I live is Texas in the USA. I calculated my household’s carbon footprint expecting something close to the average for my area. I was surprised to find that my carbon footprint was 7857 kg over my state average. I am very fortunate to live the way I do and in turn am quite spoiled when it comes to electricity and things like that. I am often guilty of not turning off the lights when I leave a room and leaving my phone charger in the wall 24/7. Little things like leaving the water running or fridge open to long can add up. A key reason for my high footprint is that I live in Texas. Texas has the highest carbon footprint out of all the states in the USA. We eat a lot and we drive a lot. To get anywhere you have to drive, and you don’t see people walking the streets that often. Also my school is 30 minutes away from my house and it is a commute that I make everyday. I also play soccer and have a game far from my home almost every weekend. There are many little things I could do to help lower my footprint. Things such as carpooling more and being conscious of the energy I am using. Unfortunately Texas’ carbon footprint isn’t an issue many people care about, and that needs to change for the sake of our earth. Websites such as these and just calculating your carbon footprint are a real eye opener. If more people saw this, I think they would try to make more of an effort to lower their footprint.
There are many ways in which you can try to lower your carbon footprint. You can take many easy steps to help yourt family and community help the environment. You can use a reusable water bottle, recycle, plant a tree, take public transportation, or drive a hybrid. There are also many other things you can easily do. Look on the website below to see more ideas and tips about how to help the environment in your home and community.
Hi. My name is Liane and I live in the USA. I took the ISCFC survey and I learned that my carbon footprint is slightly lower than that of an average person in my region.
Here are my results:
Transportation: 4009 kg
Home: 1409 kg
Food: 1405 kg
Purchases: 510 kg
Total: 7333 kg
My footprint isn’t high at all, but there is still room for improvement. I can make a few improvements in my diet. If I eat more vegetarian meals, I can reduce my footprint by another 5%.
Hi, I’m Triona from the United States. My family is also is very big on recycling. My mom and dad try to recycle everyhting they can, and this has definetely rubbed off on me. At school, I try to recycle everything I can, because essentially, everything is recycleable. We also travel alot, but typically we drive to our destinations, but fly a few times per year also. I think that it would be very difficult to reduce the carbon footprint form travel, because sometimes flying is the quickest, easiest, or only mode of transportation. Last year, I would ride my bike to school because it was less than a mile away form my house, but this year I have to drive to school day after day, and it takes about 15-30 minutes depending on traffic. To reduce this amount, I can try to find more carpool’s to get to and from school. My family also keeps the lights in our kitchen and living room on all day, we can try to keep just one room’s lights on so we can reduce our crabon footprint. Overall, I think reducing the carbon footprint begins with you. If you try to find even the smallest ways to reduce your carbin footprint, in the end, it could have a huge impact on the Earth.
Hi! I’m Kylie from Houston, Texas. I took the Carbon Footprint Challenge at my high school. I hadn’t realized the impact my actions had on the environment. My carbon footprint was lower than the average person in Texas and worldwide. Based on my input my total footprint is 20,643 kg of CO2 per year. However, my transportation output was significantly above average. After finishing the test I realized I needed to reduce my transportation output, however, this year I did take more flights than usual. I will try to take my bike or walk as my modes of transportation, not only that but I am going to recycle more, conserve energy, reuse plastic water bottles, ect.
My results for my Carbon Footprint are:
Transportation: 11,186 kg
Home: 6,202 kg
Food: 2,607 kg
Purchases: 648 kg
Although I am a sucker for the latest and greatest gadgets, frequently purchasing new items definitely has a negative impact on the environment. Even though purchasing should be the last resort, Apple has made an attempt to reduce their carbon footprint. Although technology does benefit us, it also harms us and our environment. Unaware of the toxins electronics contain, people just throw them away like normal trash. It releases lithium, lead, cadmium, and many more harmful substances and harms living organisms. In our society today, technology is most definitely a want, not a need.
Hi my name is Hailey and I’m from the USA. I took the International Carbon Footprint Challenge in school last week and until then had never realized how much CO2 I produce. The majority of my CO2 admissions are due to household energy. My family tries to turn off all the lights and unplug fans or cell phone charges but often time forgets. Learning how much we are effecting the environment will definitely change the way we do thing. For example using blankets instead of the heater, turning off computers when done with them, using energy efficient light bulbs, and turning off lights.
Hello everybody my name is Alice. I’m from Dominican International School in Taiwan. Our school recently has started to join worldwide conferences like GIN, Trying to join the world to work on more and more global issues. Starting from small things like emailing homework instead of writing our assignments, we are doing our best to transform our school into a eco-friendly one. and that is why our class has joined this website to encourage everyone to help our environment, simply by reducing our carbon footprints.
I personally waste more carbon footprints than the average Taiwanese. I wish that I can improve myself after joining this discussion, so I wish that everybody can give me suggestions and recommendation to help me in the future.