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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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Klaire H-USA, Oct. 10, 2013

Howdy y’all I’m Klaire and I’m from Texas! Transportation was one of my highest contributing factors of my carbon footprint. This is because of my daily commute to and from school, and I also travel by car often. I live approximately 14-15 miles from school, and it usually takes me from 30-40 minutes to get to school because of traffic and construction on the roads. I do carpool with another girl, which helps to lower my carbon emissions. In addition to my daily transportation to and from school, I travel often throughout Texas to visit family or just to vacation. This also contributes highly to my carbon footprint. For this, I don’t really know any ways to help reduce my carbon emissions because for both getting to school and traveling, I need to use a car to get to and from the certain destination.

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Klaire H-USA, Oct. 10, 2013

Howdy y’all I’m Klaire and I’m from Texas! Transportation was one of my highest contributing factors of my carbon footprint. This is because of my daily commute to and from school, and I also travel by car often. I live approximately 14-15 miles from school, and it usually takes me from 30-40 minutes to get to school because of traffic and construction on the roads. I do carpool with another girl, which helps to lower my carbon emissions. In addition to my daily transportation to and from school, I travel often throughout Texas to visit family or just to vacation. This also contributes highly to my carbon footprint. For this, I don’t really know any ways to help reduce my carbon emissions because for both getting to school and traveling, I need to use a car to get to and from the certain destination.

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Veronica I-USA, Oct. 10, 2013

“The number of cars on the world’s roads surpassed one billion last year, according to a study that has spurred debate on what the rapidly-growing car population will mean for the world’s economy and environment. According to a report from Ward’s Auto released last week, the global number of cars exceeded 1.015 billion in 2010, jumping from from 980 million the year before,” (http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2011/08/23/car-population_n_934291.html). Based on this statistic, travel by car is—needless to say—an extremely crucial form of daily transportation. This is definitely an “off-the-table” sacrifice. I use cars to get to school, church, hang out with friends, and go to extra-curricular activities. I live about 5.1 miles away from my school and I have to be there at 7 A.M. That means I would have to wake up even earlier than I already do (5:30 A.M.) in order to get to school on time if I chose to walk. I already stay up until 1 A.M. just doing homework. So no, thank you, to sacrificing transportation by car. It saves so much time and energy. However, to cut back on the CO2, I could carpool to school and extra-curriculars with friends who live in my area.
Something else that’s “off the table” for me is airplane transportation. I have family in London, California, and Egypt. I personally don’t really want to drive to California from Texas. I also don’t plan on taking a ship to London, especially not Egypt. However, I wouldn’t mind to take a road trip with some friends to California because that would be fun, but that’s all I’d be willing to do in terms of giving up airfare.

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  • Anna W Anna W Oct. 10, 2013
    You could also bike to school- it is a good way to get exercise and reduce your carbon footprint while not taking too much more time from your sleep. Don't forget that transportation is not the only thing affecting your carbon footprint! It doesn't take too much time or energy to recycle or take a reusable canvas tote bag to the grocery store instead of using store bought plastic or paper bags.

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Elizabeth B-USA, Oct. 10, 2013

For habits that are ‘off the table’ I would have to say that it’s transportation and home, with AC being the most prominent for home. I live in Texas and my family basically uses the AC until December and then start it back up again in the middle of March. The other thing that I think is ‘off the table’ is transportation. I only have a 7 mile drive to my school, but the streets are pretty busy in that area and so it would not be safe to ride my bike. I carpool with a senior in the morning so that does help it a little. In total, just for getting to and from school, its about 21 miles (7 for me, 14 for my dad). Transportation really is one that is hard to change in a busy city. The only thing I think I could do for transportation to and from school is to try and join a carpool in the afternoons so it will only be a total of 14 miles instead of 21 miles being driven. These are the only ones that I can think of that I can not do almost anything to change.

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  • Klaire H-USA Klaire H-USA Oct. 10, 2013
    Hey Elizabeth! I saw your post and can definitely relate. I also live in Texas and having to use our AC almost year round is so true! That was actually highest level of carbon emission for my home category on my carbon footprint! I also carpool with a girl who goes to my school, and I definitely agree that its a good way to help lower our carbon emissions for transportation. Everything we do, no matter how small or how large, is important and helps lower our carbon footprint! :D
  • Anna W Anna W Oct. 10, 2013
    Hi! Another Texan here. In the relatively cooler months like October through December and March, my family uses electric fans or manual fans. Also, I know that these are not very common in America but you could also consider getting room to room AC units; these can cool down one room without having to cool down the whole house. These reduce the carbon footprint greatly because normally, only a few rooms throughout the house are being used at a time.
  • Eric M - United States Eric M - United States Oct. 17, 2013
    I can only imagine Texan life without AC. I live in East Bay California, so my home footprint is about a third of the U.S. average, we have a pretty mild climate throughout the year. My food and purchases footprints were pretty small as well. The only really shocking thing about my findings was my transportation. I got about 32,000 lbs/year, about 4x the average for our region! I would normally be horrified by this, but we did a huge amount of travelling in the last year (2 5 hour flights, one international flight to Venice, and a drive 550 miles away to the Grand Canyon). I know we'll never be doing quite as much travelling, so I'm comfortable with my results, despite my astronomically huge transportation footprint.

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Anna H-USA, Oct. 10, 2013

Hi, I live in Texas and down here air conditioning is a must. A big part of my carbon footprint was due to the fact that I have to have the air conditioning on almost all year. My family tries it’s best to keep it at a reasonable temperature, and when the weather is nice we turn it off and open the windows and doors but the weather is only like this a few days out of the year. When the air conditioning isn’t on (like during the winter) we have to put the heater on because we are not used to the cold weather. So i think that air conditioning is off the table for me.

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Kelly S-USA, Oct. 10, 2013

Hello, my name is Kelly. The most contributing factor for my carbon footprint was transportation. It was 8939 kg, which was above my region’s average. What contributed the most to it was the air travel I took last year. I have 6 flights, 3 trips. What is off the table for me is traveling for 1 trip or 2 flights each year. I have family up north and I always go to see them every summer. It is off the table for me because I only get to see them once a year and seeing family is important. Even though air travel is probably one of the most contributing factor to carbon footprints, as stated in the New York Times, I will not give up my 1 trip, 2 flight to go see my family.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/27/sunday-review/the-biggest-carbon-sin-air-travel.html?r=0
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Camilla H_EK11, Oct. 10, 2013

I must say, I was surprised by my low environmental footprint result. Though, there is always room for improvements! There are a few things concerning my lifestyle that obviously are “off the table”, that I can not live without, such as transportation and food. These topics where the top two of highest carbon dioxide releases. It is hard living without these, rather impossible. I must travel to school everyday, but at least I go there by public transportation and not by car which would be a worse choice. And I do not travel with airplanes so often, which makes my environmental footprint pretty low. But to be able to go anywhere I must transport myself, which makes it hard to chose this away.

The other one, food, is a must, everybody has to eat. But the way each person eats could make big differences on the environment. By choosing organic food products you contribute to a sustainable and healthier environment and by eating less, I am not telling you to stop entirely, meat, it would cause less pressure on the meat industry, which emissions and resources are alarming.
According to facts, (http://ec.europa.eu/food/food/sustainability/) as much as a third of the total amount of produced food for human use globally, is being made for nothing, therefore it ends up in garbage bags. This is a serious problem and this statistics does not sound promising concerning the human’s expected growing population. How will our whole population be able to get food if so much is being thrown away? The food we produced should be eaten and not wasted.
But there are some solutions. The complications with food waste is growing, which could simply be reduce by changing people who live in industrialized countries’s minds to think further and less selfish, and make them stop throwing excellent eatable food away. It will be both more economic and environmental to start making doggie bags out of left overs etc. Poor people can not prioritize buying organic food products, but people with a better life standard can. Simply, everyone, who is able to, should think about this issue and how serious its consequences are. Still, food and its carbon dioxide releases can not be chosen away, but at least its affects could be reduced.

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Cameron M- United States, Oct. 10, 2013

Transportation was definitely one of the highest contributors to my carbon footprint. But obviously, I can’t give up transportation. The average number of miles a person travels in a year ranges from 7000- 12000 miles per year. This is a pretty high number, but I understand that everything adds up. I have to travel to school each day and I don’t live close enough to travel by bike. It doesn’t help that there isn’t a bus system either. It is a pretty long drive to my school (about 30 minutes), but I at least carpool with one of my friends. And to make matters even bigger, my family and I travel quite a bit. We go on vacation about 4 times a year, which contributes quite a bit to the carbon footprint. Also, most of my relatives live in California and it takes releases a lot of carbon dioxide to get there. And we travel even more to visit my siblings that are in different colleges all around the country. Of course there are ways to decrease the amount of co2 though, including driving environmentally friendly cars, and I can try to ride my bike to places that are a little closer. But transportation is pretty much off the table for my family, just like for a lot of other people.

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Karina L-USA, Oct. 10, 2013

After calculating my personal carbon footprint, I found that my carbon footprint is above average. With some further research, I discovered that my daily driving to school, home, and extracurricular activities contributes greatly to this carbon footprint. Also, I am unwilling and somewhat unable to change this habit because my individual driving is often a necessity for me and my family.
Additionally, my meat and dairy consumption contributes to my higher carbon footprint. Of the 21 meals a week that I eat on average, over half of those meals contain either dairy, meat, or both. As meat production throughout the world becomes more industrialized, livestock production significantly increases global warming and produces other grave environmental burdens, such as destroying supplies of freshwater and creating dead zones in coral reefs.
If the individual consumer can realize the impacts of the production and distribution of meat, then he/she can make better choices, reduce personal carbon footprint, and contribute to a more sustainable planet.
This is an interesting article about a study from Stanford University on the consequences and future implications of industrialized meat production.

http://woods.stanford.edu/environmental-venture-projects/consequences-increased-global-meat-consumption-global-environment
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Sarah G-USA, Oct. 9, 2013

In tracking my carbon footprint I have found that the transportation and the home categories are the highest. I can reduce my carbon emission in these categories by doing simple things such as walking to a friend’s house or turning off the lights when I leave a room, but many parts of these categories are “off the table” for me. Driving a car to school every morning and driving home every evening is a necessity for me. I cannot travel to far away sports games or tournaments without taking a car. Luckily, my school offers a bus to take my team. I also take a plane to see family during the summer, which is a necessity for me. These things highly increase my carbon production in the Transportation category but they are all “off the table” for me to eliminate. Even though I can’t cut down on taking the car to school, I can cut down on taking it to a friend’s house or the movies and walk instead. As I am sure you have heard before, carpooling is also a way to decrease carbon emission but it is still not a solution. Also, things like my phone, my laptop, and air conditioning are “off the table” for me. I can buy an old model of a phone without the new technology to reduce energy wasting, but I still need a phone that can do everything I need it to. I can also shut down my laptop when I am not suing it but I often need to leave it on “standby” mode for easy access during class. When you live in Texas, air conditioning can be essential and you cannot just pile on more blankets and coats like you could if it was cold. Even though I can work to reduce some of the carbon produced in the Home and Transportation categories, many parts of those categories are essential for me and cannot be eliminated.

Sarah G-USA
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