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Off the table?

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This is an open discussion forum associated with the International Student Carbon Footprint Challenge (ISCFC).

Are there aspects of your daily life that you know contribute to your carbon footprint but you are unwilling to compromise to change them? In other words, what about your life is “off the table” when it comes to carbon emissions? It's OK to admit it- we all have these cherished behaviors!
 
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Anthony Cortes, May 15, 2013

my carbon footprint was around 8,000 and the majority of it was transportation, but I can’t really change any of my transportation because the activities I’m in require traveling long distances. So basically 75% of my carbon footprint is under the table.

Anthony Cortes
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  • Liz  M-USA Liz M-USA May 16, 2013
    Most of my footprint is off the table too, Anthony.

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Jacqui T, May 14, 2013

Most of my life is “off the table” because I want to enjoy my life and fail to see any extra space that I can change things- my school is far away, most of the lights I use are in school and Im already a vegetarian. So yeah thats enough for me even though my carbon footprint is really at 37349

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  • Jacqui T Jacqui T May 14, 2013
    I have to travel alot for school and I love traveling- I used 30kg on travel because its a huge part of my life and nothing I can change. My food and purchases were lower than average, the only other thing is “home” which is completely out of my control
  • Liz  M-USA Liz M-USA May 16, 2013
    A lot of my life is “off the table” as well. I think the fact that you can see what is causing your carbon footprint to be the size that it is is good. Good for you for being a vegetarian, I know I could never do it. You can't control the lights your school uses and if your school is far away then you can't really control how much you drive either.
  • Jason Hodin Jason Hodin May 16, 2013
    Hi Jaqui— travel is wonderful, no doubt about that. But carbon can be a consideration and still not prevent you from traveling.

    For example, if you try to fly non-stop as much as possible (even if it means paying a few dollars extra) that saves a lot of carbon, since a lot of the carbon in flying is burned in take off & landing— fewer stops mean fewer total take-offs.

    Also, when you get to your destination, you can see if you can travel around using local transportation (train, bus) rather than flying or renting a car. Although flying is faster, local transport is much lower impact, and from my experience, its a great way to meet local people.
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Sierra G-USA, May 14, 2013

For me, my transportation is nearly impossible to reduce significantly because I live far away from my school and need to drive to school and back. Aside from changing schools or houses, nothing will affect this. Although I recognize that carpooling and driving a low mpg car can help, there is no way to get around that I have to drive the distance. I’m hoping that America’s public transportation system will soon be seriously revamped- and that the attitude about everyone driving individually will change. Giving up the comfort and privacy of my own car may be off the table, but if there were a viable public transportation alternative I would attempt to use it. Does anyone else need to drive long distances for regular life?

Sierra G-USA
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  • Marion C - USA Marion C - USA May 14, 2013
    You guys should carpool!
  • Dimitrios Theodoridis Dimitrios Theodoridis May 15, 2013
    Not, so long distances but i drive a lot. Carpooling or electric cars are good ideas for you.
  • Kylee S-USA Kylee S-USA Oct. 3, 2013
    I agree, at my school most girls commute at least 15 to 20 minutes to get to school. Although many carpool, it is still hard to keep our carbon footprint down when we have to travel so much each day. I think that safe public transportation would greatly reduce many people's carbon footprints and help the environment and the quality of the air.
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Gillian Lafrance, May 12, 2013

I think the fact that I take almost hour long showers contributed to me having 3006 kg in the home section. That area is definitely off the table because I like taking my time in the shower.

Gillian Lafrance
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  • Kelly Gilson Kelly Gilson May 14, 2013
    I love long showers too! Nothing wrong with that but even just shortening by a few minutes will reduce your carbon footprint. If you really can't compromise in that area then you can try making a point to remember to turn off the lights every time you leave a room.
  • Dimitrios Theodoridis Dimitrios Theodoridis May 15, 2013
    Think about people that haven't this opportunity, not even to drink some. You definitely have to reduce the water waste somehow.
  • Jonathan C-USA Jonathan C-USA May 20, 2013
    There's nothing wrong with liking to shower. But maybe try taking a few minutes off an hour because 45 minutes is still a long time. Plus it will reduce your carbon footprint

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Blanca S, May 12, 2013

My carbon footprint for transportation was 8592 kg. It was the biggest factor because I have traveled by plane a lot this year. I need to go to Spain to visit my family. My food and purchases categories were on average.

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Liz M-USA, May 10, 2013

Most of my life is “off the table” I don’t worry too much about my carbon footprint. All of my catagories in the carbon footprint are lower than the average for the US. Still I feel that I could reduce my use of electricity by turning off lights and stuff when I leave the room. Food was also a big one, but I like to eat meat so I doubt I will do anything to change that.

Liz  M-USA
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  • Dominika P-Poland Dominika P-Poland May 10, 2013
    It's good, if your carbon footprint are lower than the average and I think that it's a good idea too remember about turning off lights - i forget about it sometimes, but its important. ;)
  • Shelby Hart Shelby Hart May 14, 2013
    hah I forget to turn mine off too sometimes, but I have FLorescent lights in my house. I Probably only have about 3 or 4 regular light bulbs in my whole house, and those are used in some random lamps. >.<

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Nathan K-USA, May 2, 2013

My carbon footprint was over 10400 kilograms. Transportation was the biggest factor for me. I think this is because I travel by plane a lot. I need to go to the East Coast about once a year to visit my family. My food and purchases categories are not very high because I do not eat and buy a lot.

Nathan K-USA
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  • Jason Hodin Jason Hodin May 3, 2013
    one idea is to try to take non-stop flights; stops use a lot of extra fuel. Can you take a train or bus to a city where you can take a non-stop flight?
  • benny ritskes benny ritskes May 6, 2013
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  • Dimitrios Theodoridis Dimitrios Theodoridis May 8, 2013
    You can eat as much as you wish if you will be a vegetarian. Non stop flights or better technology of fuels or planes is a solution to the transportation problem.
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Suvan A-USA, May 2, 2013

Hi my name is Suvan and i am from California, USA and in 6th grade. My total carbon footprint was 1502 kilograms of CO2 and my biggest factor was food. My transportation was only 195 kg of CO2 because we have an electric car which we use most of the time. I was not completely sure which part of food was contributing the most to the total. We are vegetarian and compost all of our food. We also never buy from supermarkets because we get a local delivery. Can anyone help me on this?

Suvan A-USA
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  • Garrett C-USA Garrett C-USA May 2, 2013
    Good idea that would help in both delivery and cost.
  • Jason Hodin Jason Hodin May 3, 2013
    Suvan— 604kg is a very low food footprint compared to the average for California, which is over 2000kg!
  • Dimitrios Theodoridis Dimitrios Theodoridis May 7, 2013
    Your daily life is a great example for everyone. Congratulations.
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Deandra Lee, May 1, 2013

hi im Deandra, im 16 from California. my biggest carbon footprint is my transportation because I do two sports, soccer and track, which requires me to drive out to all of the practices games and meets. since I play for castrovalley, practices and games are extra far. this is something I have no control over, however I do try to carpool as much as I can. I will try to reduce my carbon footprint in all of the other categories as much as I can.

Deandra Lee
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  • Yuki I-USA Yuki I-USA May 5, 2013
    Victor, you don't have to stop eating. There are some ways to help this problem. First of all, if you can, try growing a garden. You can save money by doing this! Next, you can try to eat organics. Lastly, you can try to eat everything on your plate. Leftovers from your dinner can lead to pollution.
  • Janice C-USA Janice C-USA May 5, 2013
    Instead of eating a lot of junk food, eat more of a balanced meal. (http://www.foodpyramid.com/mypyramid/)
    Also, eat more raw foods that do not need cooking, use the microwave as it uses 50% less energy than an oven, and use the oven sparingly and smartly‚Ķreduce preheating, cook multiple foods.
  • benny ritskes benny ritskes May 6, 2013
    you could reduce your carbon emissions by finding sports that are closer to your house
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Sara H-USA, April 30, 2013

Hi I’m Sara and I’m 17 years old living in California. My total carbon footprint is 8,007kg of CO2 per year. The majority of my footprint comes from transportation because my parents are divorced and I have to travel back and forth between two homes that live far apart from each other. I can’t change the transportation part of my life because it’s not easy just to choose one parent over the other. Even though I can’t change that aspect of my carbon footprint I’m going to try to be more conservative on the other portions of my carbon footprint, in order to be less harmful to the environment.

Sara H-USA
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  • Suvan A-USA Suvan A-USA May 2, 2013
    You could improve your transportation by using public transit or biking, like jordan said. The big step would be to get an electric car, and that would reduce it to almost 0, but it is expensive.
  • Jason Hodin Jason Hodin May 3, 2013
    Electric cars are great, but we always have to ask where the electricity comes from. In places where electricity mostly comes from coal (like in Pennsylvania or Poland), then, ironically, an electric car is actually *worse* in terms of carbon footprint than an SUV or maybe even a HUMV! Instead of the carbon emissions coming out of the tailpipe, they come out of the factory that makes the electricity.
  • benny ritskes benny ritskes May 6, 2013
    I can solve your problem, never visit your parents again.
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