Hi, I’m Sahar and I’m from the US. I had a relatively high carbon footprint compared to what I thought it would be because I do average little things to refrain from wasting energy or water such as turning off the lights when I’m not in the room and turning off the water in the sink whenever it’s not in use. However, once I put in all the information to find out my carbon footprint data, it made a little more sense as to why my carbon footprint was high. I do travel abroad on a yearly basis to see family as well as driving everywhere I have to go as opposed to walking. In my home we also usually either have the air conditioning on or the heater along with eating meat on a regular basis. I am prepared to do a few things to lessen my CO2 emissions such as walking more often and limiting my consumption of meat to a few times every month. But, there are some things I’m not willing to change like my amount of travel or using the heater because my home is usually very cold without it on during the fall, winter, and early spring.
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There are different opinions here, and I agree with different point of views. However, if you think about it, technology is an absolute want. Reasoning for this is because back then they did not have very much technology and they did just fine. Now that proves that the technology we have is not a necessity, it is simply a wanting for the new technology out there. I may be being a tad hypocritical, because I, also, have the latest technology, but I am admitting that the technology I have right now was a want. I wanted that, I did not need it. And you could say technology is a little distracting to us teenagers, so that is another example of being a want.
People often want much more than they need it’s in our nature .Sometimes though we have to do things that will maintain healthy environments and protect the planet we live so i have a suggestion that can be challenging but it will get everyone in better shape ;D it’s worthy trust me.
Everyone should use less their cars and take a walk,ride a bike or even jog to go in a place ,which is not that far and by doing that you will help the environment and there will be less air pollution!
Think about it you will enjoy it also! there are many advantages that’s why i am encouraging you and of course i didn’t say that you can’t drive at all but try to do it at least whenever there is a real need and you don’t have any other option .
BE MORE ACTIVE PEOPLE :) you will feel the difference
hi, my carbon footprint was very high which was a surprise and not. I need to travel to visit family a lot. I generally turn off lightbulbs, although we don’t have many incandescent bulbs. I drive in a relatively fuel efficient car. I can not carpool because of my schedule. I do extra curriculars also.
I was surprised by how much food polluted. I didn’t know what a big difference a lightbulb could make also. What were you shocked or surpised about?
I’m seeing so many people put in the same comments, that modern technology is more of a want than a need. As a trans-humanist who values technology, I disagree. I think that any technological advancement, necessary for every day life, or for personal reasons, is progress. And progress is progress, in my opinion. That being said, I do agree that Apple needs to quit it with the new iPhone being released every other month. This may be more of a personal preference, but I digress. I really do like my smartphone, and there is no denying that it has its uses, even in school. Technology is wonderful, and I personally wouldn’t want to see anything hinder its progress.
Completing the carbon footprint challenge surprised me. I was unaware of all of the things that could cause us to leave a negative mark on the Earth. When I was completing the scavenger hunt around my house for lightbulbs, I was astounded by the amount of incandescent lightbulbs that my family used on a daily basis. Even though my dad buys mostly fluorescent lightbulbs, the unused lights, and even most of our day-to-day lights were incandescent. This skyrocketed the house section of my overall carbon footprint. I also never thought that my shower times could affect my carbon footprint, as I take longer showers, and also my dietary habits. I am mostly vegetarian, but I do eat some meat, but I was still surprised by the amount of carbon dioxide that was emitted just because I wanted a certain food.
These things that were affecting my carbon footprint started to eat away at me. I started to take shorter showers, and now I have tried to eat food that keep my carbon footprint lower. Most of the things that made my carbon footprint so high were a simple fix, but one that would take getting used to. I am happy that I did this challenge because I care about the environment and my impact on it. Now I can change what I do so that I can protect the environment.
Everyone in my community drives to where they need to be. The problem is that we are only 25.64 sq km large. It takes approximately 20 minutes tops to walk through downtown, and about 5 minutes to get from the local market back to the suburban area of town. It would take even less time biking, which 90% of the community knows how to do. Which makes you wonder, why doesn’t everyone do this. I mean, yes it can get to about 40 degrees Celsius, but during the fall and spring the weather is very nice. We need to get out more, that would lower the town’s carbon footprint by about, oh, a lot to be frank.
Recently, the new Pokemon X and Y game came out around the world, but modified only for 3ds. Those without the approximately $200 system would either have to go without the $40 video-game or buy a whole new system. i personally have a 3ds, but if I didn’t would I really be willing to buy one just to play a video game I enjoyed? Do I NEED a 3ds. the answer is no, I want a system.
Hi my names Danielle and i live in California in the San Francisco Bay Area. By Carbon footprint was extremely high. It came as a shock to both me and my mom. What made my footprint so high was the light usage in my kitchen. Our Kitchen has lights that operate together so you can not only have one on. My kitchen is also one of the darkest areas in my house so the lights over the counter (they operate separately from the rest of the kitchen) are pretty much on all day. I feel that i could try harder to turn off the lights as well as try to get my mom to do the same. Another factor that leads to my footprint is transportation to sports. I am a competitive cheerleader and the gym i train at is only about 10 miles away, but it takes sometimes up to a half hour to get there because I take the freeway and its during rush hour. My mom drops me off then goes home then picks me up then goes home again, we do this 4 times a week. All though this would certainly be nice to change it is pretty much impossible. Another thing is of course taking to long of showers, but thats never going to change.
Hi my name is Mia, I live in Northern California and I’m also doing the carbon footprint challenge. One of the first things that shocked me was that due to my dislike for walking, my transportation footprint was two thirds more than the average for my region. For example I drive to school, home, mall, trips to San Francisco, and eating out. Even more shocking is that my purchasing footprint is ten times larger than my region, because when I shop, I buy high-end and name brand products.
I suppose when I move to Asia my carbon footprint for transportation will decrease due to taking the train. Likely things will cost a lot more so my purchasing footprint will sky rocket even more since I want to go live in Japan and South Korea.