My name is Shannon, I’m from Florida. I really enjoyed doing the Carbon Footprint Challenge because it is truly an eye-opener. My footprint was about average for American people (which is by no means, a good thing). We recycle every week. I have a car that gets decent gas mileage. The main problem I had was electricity and the amount of miles I drive. I’m a nanny so I’m constantly driving the kids from place to place to place; not to mention, I have to go to school 5 times a week. The amount of electricity my household uses was a big problem, too, because we live in a 5-bedroom house with 6 people. Between my online college classes, cell phones, and TV, we use up a lot of electricity. Since I started my Environmental Science class, I’ve thought a lot about the things we use. I try my hardest to drink from reusable, glass bottles rather than using plastics. I’m about to reduce my footprint by selling the car I have now and getting one with much better mileage, so hopefully that will fix my constant need for gasoline. I’m really glad I got to see my carbon footprint compared to other peoples’ all around the world.
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Hello Everybody. I am Jeevin, from the Bay Area, California. As I received my carbon footprint, I was very shocked and surprised to find that my Carbon emission was way past the average Carbon emission of a California resident.
As a basketball player, I have the privilege to travel the country playing basketball. This year I had the oppurtunity over the summer to play in Dallas, New York City, Las Vegas, Los Angeles (3 times), Las Vegas (twice) and other cities. I quickly realized after I had filled out my carbon footprint, that by flying to all of these destinations I was heavily increasing my carbon footprint. I had absolutely no idea about the amount of carbon dioxide that planes emit! Do you guys think that if we traveled by car to Las Vegas or to Los Angeles instead of flying that the carbon emission would be less or more? This is a question that I found myself asking recently?
I had also gotten thinking recently about how much carbon that I use daily to and from school. I live in a town that is forty-five minutes away from my school of Bishop O’ Dowd High School in Oakland. I have tried brainstorming ways to maybe cut down on the amount of carbon that I emit by traveling every day. I am the only person from my city to go to my school, so there is no way that I could carpool with anybody. There is no bus that will take me as far as I need to go. There is however, a BART (public train system) station right next to my house. The only problem is that I need to be at school by 6 in the morning for basketball workouts and the closest station to my school is 3 miles away. If anybody had any suggestions please feel free to help me!
I found that my carbon footprint was very far past the average on all except purchases. This activity surprised me because i did not know that i used that much carbon during my day. I Didn’t know that the things i used released that much energy. When i got my results i was extremely surprised that my results were almost double the average. My house was the highest of my categories because the amount of light bulbs i have in my home. My purchases were the lowest because we do not buy very many items with large amounts of packaging. to lower the amount of carbon i use i will turn off the lights when i am done using them and only turn them on if i actually need them. also i am going to shorten the length of my showers. These changes will not make it perfect but it will help to lower my carbon usage and help save the earth.
I found in my carbon footprint that I was below average in my region of all the categories except for home. I think this is because in my house my dad has about 7 t.v.s! Which, to me is ridiculous and if I was able to live on my own I would not have that many! Also the fact that we have 3 laptops in the house. This can use up a lot of energy if they are plugged in or on all the time. So when not in use I am going to make sure my electronic devices are unplugged and turned off.
Many people don’t realize that doing everyday tasks at home can actually affect your carbon footprint. Keeping your lights on when you are not using them is a huge waste! It is also important to turn off the water when you are brushing your teeth, rather than letting it run. I sometimes forget to do these things, but I try to remember because I know it is helping the environment. Another action that you can take to reduce your carbon footprint is to not keep your chargers plugged in when you are not charging your cell phone or laptop. This is a waste of energy, so you should just keep them unplugged unless you are actually charging something. These are only a few of the many things that you can do to improve your carbon footprint. These actions may be hard to remember at first, but you should try to implement these tasks into your daily life, so it becomes a routine.
The main contributors to my carbon footprint were ones that I didn’t even think about. My amount of transportation for one, was 5987 kg, way over the normal amount. In addition my home energy was above average at 7614 kg. This was most likely due to my lighting and the heating and air conditioning. Looking at other discussion boards, these seem to be very common problems for people not just in my area, but everywhere. Transportation is a must for everyone, whether driving, flying, or going by train, it is unavoidable, But the gases and energy used by these are a huge part of our carbon footprint predicament. There are easy ways to lower this, such as carpooling, biking, walking, even rollerskating! If these don’t work for you planning ahead and scheduling less driving trips to the grocery store, or shopping, and doing for a week. This could cut some of the emissions by as much as half, and it would take less then five minutes! Addressing the home energy, my emission is pretty high. Some steps to lower it could be to buy more blankets, and sweaters for the cold weather and bundle up to avoid using the heater. And for those sweltering hot days, invite some friends over, or with a dog, and have a party with some water! Whether a pool, sprinkler, balloons or even washing the car and making the parents happy, it will cool you right down without your carbon footprint shooting straight up. Changes with lightning are fairly obvious and easy, we just have to remember them. Turning off the lights when you leave a room, using fluorescent bulbs, letting she sunshine in instead of turning on the lights, or seeing by pretty, yummy smelling candles can drastically reduce our carbon footprints with regards to lighting. Next time you see a friend family member, remember to remind them to try to these, because even the best of us forget.
I believe that while it will take some effort, it is possible to reduce our carbon footprints. Looking at our main contributors like transportation and home energy, we can all take steps to lower these like carpooling and having a pool party with friends. We have to think positive, even a little change can add up and make a huge difference. This is a serious problem and we need to start to take action in regards to it.
We always discuss our footprint and how much CO2 an average person use per year. But I can still feel that we are forgetting an important matter, Water. Big companies like Coca Cola have had a big influence on the water resources world wide, mostly in developing countries. In these countries water is a limited asset and vital for surviving. Research is showing that big companies, like coca cola, require a lot of water. Because of this fact, a water shortage is created for the inhabitants nearby. Shouldn´t we who live in industrialized countries take more reasonability and maybe stand up against, for example Coca Cola. Shouldn´t we skip to buy their products for a good cause?
Based on the global footprints, it looks like the U.S. confirmed its status as one of the worst polluters in the world. As a whole, the U.S. footprints were the highest. Personally, I think this a cultural attitude that is built largely on excess rather than conservation. For example, though I have never been to Europe, I understand that there is a much greater emphasis on conservation that is just naturally in place and done without thinking in many places. I have heard about a much more sophisticated recycling system than our own in the U.S. and a habit of using a 2 bin system to wash dishes and then use leftover water to water plants or something of that sort. This more mindful culture could be due to Europe’s experience during the World Wars, when resources had to be used preciously to survive. Here in the U.S. we have never had that sort of experience and thus never learned the lesson as a nation as we need to.
For my own footprint, my highest area was transportation. Unfortunately, there is not a lot I can do to change that since I do not have easy access to transportation where I live; however, I do carpool whenever I can. Given that I do have to drive frequently though, I would love to get a car with better gas mileage or a hybrid/electric car, but that is not something I have control over. Honestly, that is one of my main issues with my footprint: I am more than willing to make the changes necessary but do not have the authority or financial means to.
Transportation plays a huge role in your carbon footprint. Many people don’t realize how much carbon we are emitting into the air every time we drive our cars. Carbon is being produced for each gallon of gasoline that you burn. The average American is responsible for about 20 tons of carbon dioxide emissions each year! That is a huge amount! Therefore, it is better to walk or ride a bike somewhere rather than using your car. Another way to reduce this problem, is to join a carpool. I ride in a carpool to school with three other people. This means that three less people will be emitting carbon into the air that day.
While calculating my carbon footprint, I saw that transportation and home were the two leading contributors to my carbon footprint. I expected transportation to be responsible for the bulk of my carbon footprint, but was surprised to find that the home section (water usage, lighting usage, heat, air conditioning, etc.) was responsible for an even larger amount of the carbon I release each year. I was even more surprised to find that the main reason for this was not cooling or heating, but lighting! Each year, I release a total of 6663 kg of carbon due to lighting my home. Only 3 out of the 42 lightbulbs in my house were CFL bulbs, which are much better for the environment. However, if I switched all of those bulbs to CFL’s, I would only release about 274 kg of carbon each year. That is a huge difference, and can be achieved so simply. I am going to try to convince my parents to get rid of all the incandescent light bulbs in our house.
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