My name is Sarrina, I’m from northern California, USA. I’m currently a freshman in high school, recently in Biology class we were asked to calculate our carbon footprint. I predicted that my footprint would be average, but My results were higher then the average person. At first I was surprised, but when looking back in the categories I realized certain things like home and transportation were very high, when food and purchases were less.
My Transportation category was higher than the average person in my region. I don’t often travel to much besides the multiple car trips up to my cabin in lake Tahoe, but this year I took four flights (2 round trip) One to Mexico and one to New York, both of which were long flights, putting lots of pollution into the air. When I was collecting information for this project I also realized that we contribute a lot of pollution just with our everyday city driving. Although my family does do a lot of carpooling there are certain things that we can’t carpool to so we do end up driving to a lot of places. Seeing how much my transportation contributes to my carbon footprint I am now thinking of other ways to reduce that like walking and riding my bike when ever possible.
The biggest Carbon output was from my home. My house is larger than most of my friends houses, but its not to big. I knew I had a lot of lights in and outside of my house but when I really started counting I was shocked about how many their really were and how often they were on. Overall my houses carbon output was over 4 time the average for my region. After showing this to my parents we decided we should start changing some of our incandescent lights to fluorescent and always make sure to turn off the lights when we leave a room. Although these are not huge changes we are hoping that they will make a difference in my house.
This was a very fun and interesting project that defiantly made me more aware of my carbon footprint and of the simple everyday measures I can start taking to reduce my carbon footprint.