Hi. This is Meghan M from Houston. I recently watched I a video about the impact on the enviornment from just a cheese burger. This caught my atention mainly because I didn’t realize how something so tiny in our everyday live can emit so much carbon. This got me thinking what else in my everyday life do I not realize is hurting the enviornment. I found out that almost everything we do effects our carbon footprint including eating, drinking, and playing sports. I exercise almost everyday and I realized that every time I exercise I release 625ml of CO2 into the atmosphere per minute. A lot of the time we know that we are releasing CO2 but we don’t realize how much and the way it effects our ecosystem. This video showed me that i need to look carefully at everything thing I am doing and try to still maintain a normal life while helping the earth.
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hi guys! im rachel P from houston and my food portion of my carbon footprint was below average. I think this is because I come from a family who always takes home their food from restaraunts we eat at and also because we don’t eat alot. We always keep our leftovers and try to throw away the least amount of food possible. As america’s obesity rates have been escalating over the past few decades as drive thrus have become more common, world hunger has also increased. This shocked me and made me want to help out! If more americans would take a few hours out of their week to volenteer at a local food bank then we at least are on the right track to decreasing world hunger. Also influencing others to eat healthier at churches and charity organizations can actually influence us to make better choices when it comes to being green and healthful. “The faster we start to make a difference and change our ways the easier it will be to avoid this “perfect storm” we are about to enter”
Hi im cole and I live in the US. I agree with Evan that the US does pollute and destroy the earth a lot(even though they have acts and laws that they have been put in place to protect and save our earth) and that each person can use less harmful materials. I believe that each and every person should do something or change something in their life so that the Earth benefits from it. the only thing is that we humans are always looking for a better quality life, and in that search we tend to overuse and abuse our finite environment. So its up to us to figure out the balance between human health(quality of life) and the environment.
In my search of an activity to do for this ecology project, I desperately googled “green project ideas” and came upon quite a few helpful websites (found below). I came upon one interesting idea that seems small, but after some research, I found it is very helpful: composting. Since I am an avid chef in my household, I have decided to take some of the biodegradeable waste from my cooking such as orange peels along with much more “brown material” from around the yard and turn in into compost, from a recipe I found on a website found below. I will store this homemade compost, keep some for my mother’s garden, and decorate some containers to give as creative Christmas gifts to my family’s gardening-savy friends. On the scientific side of this activity, I will measure the amount of compost material generated by my family and record it.
My name is Sara and I am from Houston, Texas. When looking at my carbon footprint, I found that my footprint for the food I eat is way below average. I think it is due to the fact that my mom only feeds my family and me organic, non processed foods. Not only is it healthier, but it I think other people could benefit from switching to organic foods as well. It might be more expensive, but to help, I placed a link below where anyone can find cheeper organic foods, to help lower their own or their family’s carbon footprint.
I’m Nicole, from Houston, TX, and I don’t currently have a home garden, but would love to, because I think that there are so many benefits to it. Growing your own fruits and vegetables would mean that you could have more of these foods at your house more often. Although it wouldn’t mean that you would become a vegetarian, it might reduce the amounts of meat you regularly eat, simply because there are now other foods to fill your diet. Locally grown food also means a reduction in all the energy used to transport food across the county or across the world. You might not think that one family not buying as many groceries would make much difference, but it’s important to start somewhere, even if that somewhere is small.
Hi. My name is Lanvy. I’m from U.S.A. I was so suprised about how much carbon emissions were released due to my dietary choices even though I mostly eat healty foods. Being Vietnamese, my family and I visited Vietnam back in 2004. This was and still is an eye-opening trip to me. Imagine a 6-year-old little girl visiting the marketplace in central Saigon, seeing countless of elderly and children begging for money for food (of course we gave as much as we could). Even up until now, I still clearly remember the poverty and sufferings of the people less fortunate then me. I was never exposed to something like that. That trip changed my life. I came back to America thankful for everything I have. World hunger can be prevented. There is awareness, there just isn’t enough care and hope to accomplish the act.
Hello. My name is Joy and I am from the United States of America. I believe that it is better to grow your own personal fruits and vegetables at home than going to the store to buy them for a high price. I also believe that buying fruits and vegetables from the store is not completely bad. Buying fruits and vegetables can save you time, energy, and the chances that you may fail in growing the fruits and vegetables. Overall, I believe that people should grow their own fruits and vegetables.
Hello. My name is Joy and I am from the United States of America. My class has been calculating our carbon footprints and I didn’t think too much about how my carbon footprint was affecting the world before then. From what I noticed, most of my carbon footprint came from the foods that I eat. Although I cannot promise to just eat entirely organic food and stop eating fattening things, I will make an effort to decrease how much of the fattening things that I consume. I will try to also achieve this goal inside and outside of school.
Hi, I’m Stephanie. Before I calculated my carbon footprint at school, I thought that my carbon footprint was that big. But in reality, my average was higher than the average person in my region. Most of my carbon footprint came from food. I have to admit, I eat a lot of fattening foods, which are produced in factories that pollute the air. Recently, I have been trying to eat more nutritious and organically made foods that are better for the environment. I think that restaurants should offer a wider selection of organically grown foods and a smaller selection of unhealthy foods in their menus. I think that would help a lot.