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Alexander DiMauro, Jan. 27, 2012

I saw the discussion further down about carbon footprints, so I tried it out. My guess was that I was below average for my country (US), but above average for the world. And, I was right. The total was 7115. But, for the US, that is FAR below average, 10,000 below, and well below average in every category.

But, it is very difficult to get it much lower. I do my best to lower my carbon footprint, but some things just can’t be avoided. I have to drive to get to work, no public transportation option. I have oil heat at home, but I’m renting, so I can’t do anything about it other than moving, which I can’t do right now. No public option for the store, I have to drive there, too. When I lived in the big city, I almost never drove anywhere, but once you leave, it is almost impossible to do anything without driving. That’s just how the US is set up. Kind of sad. And the city is just too expensive these days.

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  • Jason Hodin Jason Hodin Jan. 27, 2012
    Dear Alexander - welcome!

    It seems like you are already doing a lot to lower your own footprint. I can suggest two things that you didn't mention: using warm or cold water in washes, and hanging clothes to dry when you can. Is there any way you can set up a drying line outside of your apartment window?

    Also, you didn't mention your diet, which can be a huge contributor.

    But the main thing on the level of individual footprints that you can probably do is to spread the word to others. Let your friends and colleagues know what you do to lower your footprint.

    But as you rightly point out, we need to do more than individual actions- we need real and effective societal and global actions to get emissions under control.

    best
    Jason

    Media & Content Design
    ISCFC project
    Stanford University

    p.s. if we get additional funding, we plan to develop a college, middle school, and adult calculator based on the one you used - which is high school/secondary school focused

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Greg Thwaites, Jan. 5, 2012

Hey! can you share projects securely with students? Is there a student account?

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  • Elsa Maestra Elsa Maestra Jan. 5, 2012

    The quick answers to your questions are:

    >can you share projects securely with students?

    If a project is marked as “restricted,” then its members (people you accept as members, such as your students) will be the only ones who can contribute via posts and comments. But content in “restricted” projects will still be viewable by the public.

    Soon, we'll be adding the ability to mark projects as “private” so that only project members can contribute to AND view project content.

    >Is there a student account?

    At present, there is only one type of Einztein member account. If you want to invite your students to join Einztein, please go to “invite” under “account”. You can invite up to 25 people. If more invites are needed, just let us know.

    Should you have additional questions, feel free to message me by clicking my profile, then clicking “contact.”

    -Elsa

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Marco Masoni, Jan. 3, 2012

Happy 2012.

A collection of starlings is called a “murmuration.” A couple of kayakers in Ireland came across a murmuration. Nature never ceases to amaze and remind us of the importance of curiosity and discovery.

Here’s an excerpt from a study of the phenomenon:

Bird flocking is a striking example of collective animal behaviour. A vivid illustration of this phenomenon is provided by the aerial display of vast flocks of starlings gathering at dusk over the roost and swirling with extraordinary spatial coherence. Both the evolutionary justification and the mechanistic laws of flocking are poorly understood, arguably because of a lack of data on large flocks… We investigated the main features of the flock as a whole (shape, movement, density and structure) and we discuss these as emergent attributes of the grouping phenomenon. Flocks were relatively thin, of various sizes, but constant proportions. They tended to slide parallel to the ground and, during turns, their orientation changed with respect to the direction of motion. Individual birds kept a minimum distance from each other that was comparable to their wing span. The density within the aggregations was nonhomogeneous, as birds were packed more tightly at the border than the centre of the flock.”

[http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0003347208001176]

http://vimeo.com/31158841
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Elsa Maestra, Dec. 13, 2011

Learning spaces, virtual or physical, must be designed so that students can be astonished vs simply “educated” according to Stephen Heppell. Excellent idea. I also love the physical learning space that these students designed and talked about at Heppell’s BVA (Be Very Afraid) conference: http://www.heppell.net/bva/bva3/greycourt.htm

http://youtu.be/HpwTV0iTG5k
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  • Center for Civic Education Center for Civic Education Dec. 13, 2011
    Thanks for sharing, Elsa. Actually, this seems to me like an ideal environment for “lateral thinking” to flourish!

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David Castellón, Dec. 12, 2011

Hi everyone ! My name is David I’m from Colombia. I’m studing Bioengineering and I am deeply excited to use such an awesome tool for my learning !

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  • Maria L-Romania Maria L-Romania Feb. 13, 2012
    Good! I'm from romania! This project gives people over the head … I love to very much. Continued success!

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srini n, Dec. 2, 2011

Hi All!
I am Srini from India. I am a finance professional, consultant and an entrepreneur for a little over a decade.

I am excited to be here in this great place to exchange knowledge, experiences, ideas and opinions with all you guys here.

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iza bella, Dec. 1, 2011

Hello, my name is Izabella and I am from Bulgaria. This whole project is amazing, and I am so glad, that I take a part in it.
I have calculated my Carbon Footprint and I am happy, that my results are very low, but actually I wasn’t surprised about the results, because I’ve always tried to save water and electricity, recycle and reuse things. .
My highest carbon is on transport, cuz I live far from school, and unfortunately it takes to much time to walk to school or to go by bike, so I have to travel by bus. And plane flights really surprised me, they really increase my Carbon Footprint, I didn’t expect it.

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Gaia Granchi, Nov. 30, 2011

Hi , my name is Gaia and I’m from Italy. I live in Pisa , it is a beautiful city and I love her. I calculated my carbon footprint with my class to find that it was smaller than average compared to most Italian, but gigantic compared to the rest of the world! My family tries not to waste anything, but this is not enough! we can improve! I think if we all work hard we can improve the world! :)

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Lana M-Croatia, Nov. 28, 2011

Hi, my name is Lana and I am from Croatia. I calculated my carbon footprint a few weeks ago and the result was a little surprising – my CF was definitely higher than I had expected, especially in the home section. I’m really glad I have joined this project and I’m surprised how much the quiz influenced my behaviour. I have already started to change my habits and it hasn’t been too difficult since I have realized that I can save energy and money and help our planet at the same time. Now I can’t imagine going to sleep and leaving my TV or computer turned on. I have also decided to cut down on water consumption and to take shorter showers.

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Kaitlin T- USA, Nov. 26, 2011

Water is very important, as everyone knows; it makes up about 70% of our bodies! However, clean water is not available to everyone. Since Christmas is less than a month away now, I thought I should post a link to the advent conspiracy, where people decide to spend less on gifts, and more on buying clean water for those who need it.

http://player.vimeo.com/video/30556886?title=0&byline=0&portrait=0&color=81172d&autoplay=1
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  • Paul Nelsen Paul Nelsen Nov. 27, 2011
    Great video. One practical way to get water to communities is to donate to specific projects. New Life Community Center in Kenya has a bore hole, but needs a pump and tank for water. See their website http://www.nlccorhpans.org to learn more or contact me for more information. The water is there it just needs to be pumped!

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