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In many places of the world, people are using CO2, especially the united states. Even though people try to help save the world, most people don’t do as much as they could. To get to help the earth and create less CO2, we can cut down on purchases, use public transportation, eat organic foods, and not heat or cool our homes as often as we normally do.
My name’s Y. I came from Oakland High School. I’m in Mr. Reinhardt’s biology class. After reading this, I think a city with low carbon transportation would look like that city would have many park, trees, and plant. A house have only a car and maybe a bicycle. Most people in that city will travel on feet, bicycle or community transportation such as the bus. Many house in the city have a little garden to growth vegetable, and fruit. People will eat more vegetable, fruit from their garden or from the market. This city will have low carbon because the trees will change most carbon into oxygen through photosynthesis. If people eat vegetable from their garden or from the market, the carbon that created from the transport food from other place to that city would be really low because there would be less transport foods from other place to that city. I would like to live in that city because people who live in that city would be really healthy.
All anybody talk about is electric cars and moving away from gasoline. And sure, that has great potential, but honestly I really don’t think we are ready. Have we considered what we will do with these giant batteries in the cars? How we will safely dispose of them while at the same time do it in an environmentally friendly way? And have we begun to train EMT’s on how to properly handle a car crash with an electric car that poses more danger than a normal car accident? The idea of electric cars is probably what is going to save our planet the most in the long run, however, just not yet.
I’m Julia from Houston, Tx. I have traveled to many European cities, but the one that stood out in terms of low carbon footprints are is Rome. The main difference is that in Rome, they walk everywhere. The few times I was in a car, it was traveling to the airport. Even if there is somewhere far enough not to walk, there are wonderful busses that are much more efficient than personal cars. Not only does that lower the overall cabon footprint, it is why Rome and other places in Europe maintain an overall healthy weight as opposed to America’s rising obesity rates. Also, in Rome, they have public water fountains. If this were more common in other countries, it would cut down on the number of plastic water bottles people use, lowering the overall carbon footprint. The final thing that I have found is that, for the most part, food is grown locally and is all very fresh. Because the food is very fresh and sustainably grown, it cuts down on packaging and transportation of food. If all of these changes were implemented to my city, it would be a very sustainable place with low amounts of plastic wastes, and low amounts of carbon emmisions from cars, not to mention healthier people. Below is a linke for an article that discusses the resons that Europe is greener than the United States.
I’m Jessica from Houston, TX. Houston is a very big city with a lot of people in it so it’s surprising that there is no public transportation system. That means that everyone who lives in Houston has to drive in their own private cars to places they go daily. If we set up an underground subway system, we would be decreasing the amount of carbon dioxide in the air by a huge amount. You might have to walk farther than you would if you drove, but that means more exercise. Every city should have a public transportation system.
My name is Sara, and I am from Houston Texas which is a pretty busy city that is constantly moving. The main mode of transportation in Houston is to drive. Well it is one of the biggest cities in the nation, and with everyone driving, we really pollute the air and add to global warming. I think it would help if we had more bus services to transport people or if we had trains or something like other big cities. For example, New york is huge, but they have metros and stuff. It would help if Houston did that too. If it does not work with the city planning then I think the city should promote buying eco friendly cars like hybrids. Hybrids help the environment and could help us reduce the polution we add to the air. The car might not even have to be a hybrid, but just having eco friendly cars in general could really help! Below i have posted a link that says what the most environmental friendly cars are.
Living in Texas you know its winter when you go to school bundled in sweatshirts and fuzzy socks. Now I know that 60 degrees Fahrenheit might not seem like much to those of you who live in constant cold climates but here in Texas it’s a big deal. Now in the winter season I want to be nice and warm. Doing this requires using a heater which can greatly increase your carbon footprint. This parlays into using the air conditioning when its hot in the summer. Both use a lot of energy and can be quite costly. That’s why in the winter I always make sure I have a good supply of warm clothing and blankets. Also if you have a fireplace that isn’t a gas fireplace (because they use a lot of energy) then you should really use that. I have found that my fireplace can defintely warm up a whole room and sometimes quicker than my heating system. Now when it is hot outside and you need to cool off try to use a small fan if you have one. You could also make a cool refreshing drink which i have found can always cool me off. Anyway the main point is to find ways to reduce your carbon footprint by reducing the energy use in your house. If you have other tips on saving energy please comment and share!
Founders of cities may find it challenging to properly plan and achieve their goals when setting up a sustainable organization, especially in urban cities. You may ask yourself, “What can my community do to increase the responsibility, actions, and opportunities to make a city green?” It’s simple. We all need to work together. If we all work together everyday to help our economic, cultural, and daily lives, then we can all come together to make a change in our cities and how they affect the atmosphere. Living in a very populated city, we could all start by walking or biking anywhere that we can. If this doesn’t work for you, then you can make a carpool with someone instead of individually polluting the Earth. Another thing that majorly affects our city is electricity. We should start our journey of change by starting with the little things. We should immediately unplug that cell phone when it’s finished charging. We could also turn off the lights when we aren’t using them. If everyone takes part then who knows? Maybe our cities may turn to solar power!
Our ideal city is a place where we want to live; it’s a place of choice. Many may think these changes are insignificant, but if we come together and make a change then think of the many lives you may be saving in the future! We have the ability to make our world a better place. The only necessity we need is to become motivated to help our Earth, the same place our descendents will live. They are our future. They will be affected by the choices that we make.
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