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Maria N_Spain, Feb. 16, 2014

Hi,
I thought that my carbon footprint was going to be higher than the average of my country, but in fact it is lower. That is because I don’t use so much transport as I usually go walking everywhere. However, my carbon footprint is still higher than the worldwide average, and I think I should try to reduce it and be more aware when it comes to recycling, using electronic devices, etc.

Maria N_Spain
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  • Caitlin Bond Caitlin Bond Feb. 25, 2014
    Maria, so are you saying that while your carbon footprint is lower in Spain it is higher than the average throughout the world? Also, what was larger—food, transportation, etc.? I am as to what you are doing that makes it lower in Spain but higher in comparison world wide.
  • Adam Edmunds Adam Edmunds Feb. 26, 2014
    Maria, that is great that you have the opportunity to walk everywhere, and that you consistently do so. That in itself places a positive impact on your carbon footprint. I believe that if anyone has the chance to walk, or even bike, rather than drive or bus or whatnot, they should relish in that opportunity. I do not always have opportunities to walk around rather than drive, I wish I did. And we all can work on our reducing and recycling. Simple things like reusing plastic bottles for a while and unplugging electronics when not using them solves some problems in those areas.
  • Macey K-US Macey K-US Feb. 27, 2014
    Maria I am from a rural area in South Carolina in the United States and we don't have many opportunities to walk places because everything is so spread out. I have to drive 10 miles to the nearest grocery store. So for you to have the ability to walk places is great. Other ways to reduce your carbon footprint you could eat locally grown food and make sure all of the lights are off when you leave a room or turn the water off when you are brushing your teeth. As little as those examples seem each of them add up quickly and can impact your carbon footprint.

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Lucía R_Spain, Feb. 15, 2014

Hello, my carbon footprint is the average of my country and I think that everybody should try to make it lower doing things that for example recycling at home as much as you can, switching off each aparate when you are not using it, using public transport instead of individual transport and don’t buying things which are made from long distances, because the petrol for the transport is very polluting.

Lucía R_Spain
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  • Samantha M-US Samantha M-US Feb. 26, 2014
    I agree that we should do everything we can to try and reduce our carbon footprints. Being from the United States my carbon footprint is automatically higher than those from other countries. Because it is more difficult to use pubic transportation in small towns and not convenient to ride a bike or walk places because we are traveling further distances, it makes it more difficult to reduce our footprint. But we can recycle, and being in SC which is a warmer climate, I can not use my cooling or heating system as often in my house during 3-4 months out of the year.
  • Scott Jackson U.S. Scott Jackson U.S. Feb. 26, 2014
    I agree that we all should change the environment together. There is so much to do and different ways you can do each thing. We have to start off simple and easy then work our way up. I agree that recycling is a good way because we reuse things that would be wasted in dumps. Turning off lights and things that you're not using is good as well not just for the environment, but also the money in your pockets. With the public transport it's harder in other areas to use public transport. Like where i live in the country there aren't any public transportation because i'm in the country and not in a city. I think that using public transport could help, but it's going to need more work than other things that we could start off with. Not buying things from ling distance is a good idea because they come from all over and many gasses are being put out in the air and water because some companies use boats for transportation.

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Sara Valenčič, Feb. 14, 2014

I look at my carbon footprint, and it was definitely higher than I expected because I do think about things such as recycling and turning off lights. But I wasn’t aware of what is considered to reduce emissions into the environment. I started thinking about what could be done for a better tomorrow and come to these things: in a house we could replace light bulbs with energy saving bulbs. In order to save energy we could use solar panels. Even if in the house is sometimes cold, I can wear another sweater, and so on.
However, I do also have some positive things: We collect rainwater and with it we water garden, wash cars and sometimes flush the toilet.
We have a garden and we make organic food. We do not use artificial pesticides but we use natural compost. When we go shopping we always take a bag with us.
I believe that every individual has something to contribute to the reduction of pollution and we can start today.

Sara Valenčič
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  • Samantha M-US Samantha M-US Feb. 26, 2014
    I, like you, have discovered things that can help reduce my footprint as well. I discovered that by eating/ buying locally grown foots or even growing your own garden like you do can help reduce the use of pesticides into the air that mass production companies use. Also, by during your electronics off and unplugging them when your not using them can save a lot of energy! Also, if you buy a lot of clothes every year you can try shopping at a second hand store and find some cute cheap cloths that are reused and help save the extra energy used to make textiles.
  • Scott Jackson U.S. Scott Jackson U.S. Feb. 26, 2014
    There is so much that goes with the environment. Every little thing that we wouldn't think would help the environment, does. We have to start off simple and easy and from your post, it seems like you have already done that. The little things like turning your water off while brushing your teeth or turning lights off save so much money and helps the environment. I like that you have already began doing some things to start your ways of helping the environment, but there is so much more and we have to do research and studies on what can be done. Also you growing your own organic food is awesome. I am a healthy eating person myself, but i don't make my own foods. That's a good way to help the environment because of the non use of pesticides and since you use water from the rain you are preserving the most essential thing on the earth. You have a great proposal and great ideas.

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Arnkell Ragnarsson, Feb. 14, 2014

It´s fairly easy to repurpose things, especially cartons of milk, or something of the sorts, with a carton of milk (without the milk) you can actually create your own wallet, which you can add layers upon layers of more space to use if you have many cards to put in it.

Arnkell Ragnarsson
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  • jared momberger jared momberger Feb. 25, 2014
    My name is Jared and i love that idea!!!!! It is probably frowned upon by many people just because they think it is a dumb idea or a waste of time to make. I personally actually have made wallets out of duck tape. It may seem a bit redneck, but i don't care at all. Going back to the milk carton idea, i go to a school where at least 1000 cartons if not more are used a day. (the smaller ones) but they just get thrown away. Im not saying that every student needs to be taking home the empty milk cartons to make wallets, but i am agreeing with the idea that it is great to reuse something like a simple milk carton to make a commonly used and needed item like a wallet. Keep on coming up with great ideas to repurpose things. How about instead of throwing away those Plastic Bubble mailer envelopes, use it for a laptop protector. I am doing it right now because the school gave me a macbook to use.

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Gerður Ósk Ævarsdóttir, Feb. 14, 2014

Hi!
People talk about lazy and that we want as much comfort as we can, and I couldn’t agree more. I live in Iceland and since I live only 15 minutes walk from my school, work and every entertainment I want, it’s a bit silly to use the car most of the time. I always have an excuse to not walk, like the weather is not so good, it’s cold and rainy, which it is most of the time in Iceland. But that shouldn’t stop me from walking or taking the bike. I just think it so sad how lazy the world has become and how the nature has to suffer for it.

Gerður Ósk Ævarsdóttir
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  • Tessa Stefan Tessa Stefan Feb. 19, 2014
    Hi, I agree with you because to my mind, lots of people do not esteem our nature. But it is unique and once it is destroyed, we cannot replace it. I suppose that most people are not willing to live without their comfort.
  • Rebecca P Rebecca P Feb. 27, 2014
    Hi! I completely agree with both of you. Nature is a wonderful thing and if we keep living the way we are now, it won't be so nice in the near future. I live in the United States and the place I live in is very industrialized and there are buildings and places to go that are very close. All of the restaurants and places are within a nice walking distance. I understand that might be a little far for some people to walk but even skipping a 5 minute car to walk somewhere would be very helpful. Every little bit counts to leave less of a footprint.
  • Rebecca P Rebecca P Feb. 27, 2014
    Hi! I completely agree with both of you. Nature is a wonderful thing and if we keep living the way we are now, it won't be so nice in the near future. I live in the United States and the place I live in is very industrialized and there are buildings and places to go that are very close. All of the restaurants and places are within a nice walking distance. I understand that might be a little far for some people to walk but even skipping a 5 minute car to walk somewhere would be very helpful. Every little bit counts to leave less of a footprint.

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George Va, Feb. 14, 2014

Hello!
We have been working on ecological issues. We calculated our carbon footprint. My own results were high, because I use a lot of electricity. So, I decided to reduce my electrical consumption, and generally my carbon footprint and I suggest you, to do the same.

George Va
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Paulina Voutiraki, Feb. 14, 2014

Hello!
This year we took part in a project which was about ecological footprint. We had the chance to learn many things about this subject and finally we got the results about our personal ecological footprint. Finally, ecological footprint is a very important and interesting issue in which everybody can occupy with it. We suggest you to take part in this project because it is really good for you to know your personal ecological footprint, because this way you will know how to march in your life. This way, your life, our life and everybody’s life will be better after a while.

Paulina Voutiraki
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  • Sara Vatovec Sara Vatovec Feb. 14, 2014
    I agree with you, we should all join in this project and do something more for our planet.

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Melpomeni Delihourmouzi, Feb. 14, 2014

Hello!This year,in a school lesson we concerned ourselves with a very essential subject;ecological footprint. We filled out a questionnaire to measure out=r own, and as a result I found out that I need to be careful with transportation, which was a quite big number. This is because I live in a village which is quite far away from my school and I have to take the bus every day.IT would be a nice idea to do car pulling with others, and help the environment!

Melpomeni  Delihourmouzi
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Hergeir Grímsson, Feb. 14, 2014

Hi!
I’m from Iceland and I really want to know how people in other countries heat their houses. How do you heat your house? In Iceland, we use water to heat our hoses. We are so lucky to have a lot of water underground. Also we have very clean water. We can turn on the water faucet and drink the water that comes out of it.

Hergeir Grímsson
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  • Sara Valenčič Sara Valenčič Feb. 14, 2014
    Hi! I'm also from Slovenia and we also heat our house with wood.
  • Jada L-Us Jada L-Us Feb. 25, 2014
    Hi, Im from the Us. We heat our house with gas.
  • Emily R-US Emily R-US Feb. 27, 2014
    Hi Hergeir! I am from the US and my family heats our house with gas. Many of my classmates however heat their homes using electric furnaces! My family likes to try and limit how much we heat our house to save energy and money. Heating homes can be expensive! We do this by setting our thermostat to only heat during hours of the day when my family is home. This helps to prevent wasting energy when we are at school and work. We also try and keep blankets and jackets handy during the winter months so we do not have to keep our house quite as warm.
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Þórdís Ingunn, Feb. 14, 2014

People today are more lazy than ever. Instead of reading books we watch TV, instead of sweeping the floor we use a vacuum cleaner and instead of walking or cycling to work/school we take a bus or our car. Some people that are reading this think “Not all people are lazy, I go to the gym all the time.” well, you’ll have to admit that sometimes you drive to work, school or even to the gym. Also you’re using a few electronic training equipment. Most of the time you listen to music while you’re training.
Just by turning off the TV and read books more, using candles than turning on the lights, sweeping the floor instead of using the vacuum, walk or cycle to work/school, we are minimizing our Carbon footprint by a lot.

Þórdís Ingunn
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  • Árni Þór Steinarsson Busk Árni Þór Steinarsson Busk Feb. 14, 2014
    i think the world should stop producing books since nobody reads them, move completely to E-Books it is much cheaper to buy online books then buying books it also doesn't cost any paper if it is online.
  • Árni Þór Steinarsson Busk Árni Þór Steinarsson Busk Feb. 14, 2014
    and in Iceland for example we are mostly powered by geothermal energy so i think we shouldn't minimize the use of energy when there are other things much more worth saving like trees and stop using paper

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