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Discussions Discussion Environmental responsibility at home
Arya Ha, Feb. 10, 2014

I am a US citizen who is using a lot of power for home. My family and I do not travel a lot. I think everyone who is living in a developed country is responsible for conserving energy. We live in a place where there is enough resource for everyone to use. At home, I use most of the power for electronics. For example i use 5 electronic plug-ins; my phone, my computer, my lamp, my alarm clock, and my second small lamp. My family likes to likes he idea of conserving energy because it helps the Earth and reduces our monthly bill. I think the idea of increasing the cost of electricity would anger American resident. The best way to conserve energy at home is finding more renewable resources.

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Discussions Discussion Environmental responsibility at home
Arya Ha, Feb. 10, 2014

I am a US citizen who is using a lot of power for home. My family and I do not travel a lot. I think everyone who is living in a developed country is responsible for conserving energy. We live in a place where there is enough resource for everyone to use. At home, I use most of the power for electronics. For example i use 5 electronic plug-ins; my phone, my computer, my lamp, my alarm clock, and my second small lamp. My family likes to likes he idea of conserving energy because it helps the Earth and reduces our monthly bill. I think the idea of increasing the cost of electricity would anger American resident. The best way to conserve energy at home is finding more renewable resources.

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Discussions Discussion Environmental responsibility at home
Arya Ha, Feb. 10, 2014

I am a US citizen who is using a lot of power for home. My family and I do not travel a lot. I think everyone who is living in a developed country is responsible for conserving energy. We live in a place where there is enough resource for everyone to use. At home, I use most of the power for electronics. For example i use 5 electronic plug-ins; my phone, my computer, my lamp, my alarm clock, and my second small lamp. My family likes to likes he idea of conserving energy because it helps the Earth and reduces our monthly bill. I think the idea of increasing the cost of electricity would anger American resident. The best way to conserve energy at home is finding more renewable resources.

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Discussions Discussion Environmental responsibility at home
Arya Ha, Feb. 10, 2014

I am a US citizen who is using a lot of power for home. My family and I do not travel a lot. I think everyone who is living in a developed country is responsible for conserving energy. We live in a place where there is enough resource for everyone to use. At home, I use most of the power for electronics. For example i use 5 electronic plug-ins; my phone, my computer, my lamp, my alarm clock, and my second small lamp. My family likes to likes he idea of conserving energy because it helps the Earth and reduces our monthly bill. I think the idea of increasing the cost of electricity would anger American resident. The best way to conserve energy at home is finding more renewable resources.

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Olivia J, Feb. 10, 2014

Hello,
When I calculated my carbon footprint I was very surprised at how high it was. Transportation was the highest, and to reduce that I will try to bike more often. Any suggestion of how I can reduce my carbon footprint?
Thanks

Olivia J
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  • Helga Leifsdóttir Helga Leifsdóttir Feb. 12, 2014
    You can also walk and take public transportation, that will produce less carbon use.
  • Jon Freyr Bjarnason Jon Freyr Bjarnason Feb. 12, 2014
    You should just walk or ride a bicycle that will reduce your carbon so much
  • Elvar Örn Jónsson Elvar Örn Jónsson Feb. 12, 2014
    You can just take a walk, ride a bike, it is a good exercise and good for the environment. Also you cant take public transportation.
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Matt F, Feb. 10, 2014

Hello,
Unfortunately I have the rare desire to take multiple baths a day, which probably made my footprint very high. I think I should stop, but I can’t. Any advice?

Matt F
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  • Payton Dwight Payton Dwight Feb. 10, 2014
    This is really quite selfish behavior, Matthew.
  • Þráinn Ársælsson Þráinn Ársælsson Feb. 12, 2014
    Use public pools in stead of reheating water all the time
  • Eydís Eva Eydís Eva Feb. 12, 2014
    I think you should use public swimming pools,for that way you don't need to reheat water endlessly.Moreover,instead of taking baths,try washing your hands or face,that should do you some good.But do remember,like the people above me have said,that there are other people in the world who need to use water expect you.Now i don't mean to be rude,but that is the truth.Think about all the children in Africa for exempel.They could use the water,so please don't spend it all on yourself
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Emily Carlson, Oct. 24, 2013

If you are stranded somewhere alone in an unknown area with possible danger most people would decide to find someone they knew, but if they are not here? then they need someway to contact them, and in order to contact them from that far distance you need a cellphone, a cellphone which lets you contact people from all over the world, that has brought new meaning to communication. If you are bored and waiting in a long line at the DMV, and surprise they don’t have wifi, and you want entertainment that is compact, quiet, and gives you almost the same experience as a computer, then you want a smart phone. What’s the difference between want and need? Well that depends on the situation and the goal, but if the necessity is survival then most everything in our lives today are absolutely unnecessary. Look at the time before technology, mankind got along fine surviving, it wasn’t a comfortable lifestyle by any means, and yet they managed to live. At the beginning of the human race all we focused on was survival, then slowly through the ages it was survival and work, then survival, work, and religion, then eventually leisure was added to the equation. with every era our cultures and technology advanced, why because that is apart of being human, wanting more, seeing there could be something better out there and attempting to make it happen. Now, history has come to the “technological generation” and our culture is mainly based on leisure and entertainment, but unfortunately our advances has lead us to the downfall of our planet and what’s even worse is that most don’t even care, they are content as long as their boredom is sated. With our generation it has been taught that want and need are the same thing because survival physically of your body has been replaced with social survival. Social networking rules the world now, and if you want to be on that throne you have to have all the latest gadgets. This is the world we live in, this is the America I live in. Children are so sheltered and self-absorbed they couldn’t care less about the planet they live on as long as long as they have a smart phone. But can we really blame them? I mean America is one of the leading deniers of global warming and definitely one of the leading countries in producing the most CO2. To solve this problem this country needs to get fully on board and start making it mandatory to be taught in education, because there needs to be awareness. It’s not yet too late, we can save the planet everyone just needs to pitch in.

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Veronica C-USA, Oct. 23, 2013

Ever see those car commercials that show an action pack background, the sexy women, rich men, abstract colors and unrealistic scenarios? Like the commercial for the new Mercedes, and the devil comes to this guy and offers him a “deal” while showing him girls, fame, and fortune. Sure, who doesn’t want to be famous, be popular with women(or men), and be insanely rich? But that’s just the thing. We WANT to be famous, we WANT to have a successful love life, we WANT money. Having a car , or a nice house, or women, or fame isn’t a need at all. But commercials these days make us think the opposite once they show us what the world thinks is an ideal lifestyle to have. So much so that , such as in the commercial I mentioned before, we would even consider selling our soul to obtain these things. Its ridiculous what people these days can get away with in commercials.The next time you see a commercial on TV, tell yourself, will that really make me happy Do I really need this in order to be happy and have this kind of lifestyle?

Veronica C-USA
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  • Emily Carlson Emily Carlson Oct. 25, 2013
    I agree, people need to get off of technology, but when it comes to whether or not it's need is a different story. while yes there have been numerous generations, in fact only a few generations have really had the chance to grow up with technology fully in their lives, it has become an addiction. We have become so reliant on technology that it's hard to stop to get off it. I mean lets say in the unlikely situation that there was a worldwide power outage and literally every piece of technology was gone, where would we be? this is simply my own theory, but chaos and anarchy. We have lived this way for so long that it has become the norm, and so unfortunately it's going to take a long time before we can honestly stop using technology unecassarily, and only when we need it. Part of it has to do with the media and business owners. People like money and people like technology and so that's a very large revenue of business. And what owns the media? money, and who has money? large businesses who want to keep on making money. So they get the media to make it seem like technology is something you need, or that global warming is fake so they can keep on making money on fossil fuels. The path to change is looking past the media and thinking for yourself.
  • Vincent Ceja Vincent Ceja Oct. 25, 2013
    I completely agree with your post, the world that we live in is completely dependent on technology. However, it's not our fault, our generation was simply born in it. What are we supposed to do, ignore it? That would be impossible to do. Technology is not necessarily a harmful thing, but the way its used can sometime make it that way. There are many benefits to technology. It makes everything easier and provides better ways of communication. The bad thing is, it makes everything easier. It gives shortcuts and makes things easier than they are in the real world. This makes our generation somewhat lazy which seems to be everyone's problem.
  • Mojca V-Slovenia Mojca V-Slovenia Feb. 13, 2014
    I totally agree, but hot to look past media when wherever you turn there are advertisements everywhere? Nowadays it's hard not to care about what media promotes. It makes us addicted. Even though we try to make that it doesn't affect us, there will still be commercials. And the main culprit is the money. As long as the money is everthing people will clung to the media and the technology it advertises. We shouldn't value money that much. We should appreciate more each other and stop being so selfish, because it's not everything in having a lot of money. But he whole world can not change. Only those who insist can.
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Discussions Discussion DISCUSS: Green products
Jason Hodin, Oct. 22, 2013

Wi-Fi from a light bulb!

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Evan Lachman, Oct. 20, 2013

My name is Evan and I’m from Northern California. I don’t think that there is one right answer to this question. I think that our world has become so consumed by technology that it makes people think that it is a necessity. It is rare to find someone nowadays that is not an owner of a cellphone let alone a smartphone. Kids are starting to get their first phones at younger ages than ever. These kids are basically born into the technology and feel unorthodox without it.

Technology has given our generation new access to new possibilities that no other generation before us has had. We can call someone halfway around the world with the push of a button, have the answer to a question within seconds, and use the internet as a resource for school papers. Except, these devises are not living up to their potential. Instead they are used more for social media and instant messaging. I think that all of our technology today started out as a desire but have turned into a necessity. Many people have a very difficult time going one day without access to their smartphone or computer. Also, people spend so much time of their lives looking at little screens humans have begun to lack basic communications skills. Humans always want the next, new, and better device. I myself just upgraded my phone after two years and can say I probably spend to much time on it. But I can also say I can put it away when I want to. Humans didn’t need technology in their lives but now that it’s here, it’s hard to think of a life without it.

Evan Lachman
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  • Eugene Binunsky Eugene Binunsky Oct. 20, 2013
    Technology does play a severe role in changing how we look and act in todays modernized world. Technology did change many things including the amount of CO2 we use in our daily lives. It also changed our perspective on life, by allowing us to do major things that used to take years now done in one day. Many people do not truly understand and appreciate what technology does for us; how it allows us to do things that people used to think were some futuristic thing that would never exist. I myself probably do not understand what it has done to people, and I truly could not imagine a world without it.
  • Giulia O. Italy Giulia O. Italy Oct. 22, 2013
    Hi Evan, I'm Giulia O., I'm 15 years old and I'm from northen Italy. I think that the last model of smartphone is a want, because I use the mobile phone just for calling and sending text messages I haven't got facebook and I don't use internet on my mobile. It is a want also to change the mobile phone every month with the last model of smartphone. I have had my mobile for 2 years because I go to school far from my house.
  • Owen Burchett Owen Burchett Oct. 24, 2013
    Hey Evan, I sit right next to you in Biology. Your right, my family as well as many others use computers A LOT. my family happens to use it for gaming, and i know some people who literally go into tears when they cannot use their electronic devices. It is only this generation too, i don't know anyone over 18 that isn't completely attached to electronics. I'm not saying they're not out there, just not where we live. Think about the amount of good we could do if we didn't spend all of our day on Facebook or Instagram, we could save power by not having our electronics on and do something active. Were to attached`

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