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Welcome to the September 2019 ISCFC discussion forum!

Welcome to the September 2019 ISCFC discussion forum! We are now hosting our very own forum for the September session!

Look to the right side of this page, and you will see a series of Student Discussion topics listed. Students: you should look through those topics, read other students' comments, post replies, and add your own thoughts. Join as many discussions as you like!

Teachers can meet other ISCFC participating teachers and share ideas at the Teacher Planning Discussion link at right.

Note that all teachers and students who wish to participate in the forum will need to register, you can now use a single registration for both the footprint calculator and our new forum!

Click the buttons at the top right of every page to either Register or Log in so that you can participate in the forum.

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AustinCHall97 in Student Footprints
35 easy ways to help

These are 35 way to help lower your carbon foot print.
https://blogs.ei.columbia.edu/2018/12/2 … footprint/

amillerSJRState in Student Footprints

These are quite achievable ways to reduce your carbon footprint! In fact, I find that the fourth option of reducing food waste is especially simple when you have dogs to eat the unwanted scraps. My family never leaves food to waste, instead we just divide it among the three dogs to eat. Of course, this is not the only option to eliminate food waste, but it surely makes a happy dog and environment all at once.

Ivan malat in Student Footprints

HOW dare I feed solomon scraps!! Absolutely outrageous he s vegetarian

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josiea in MY Family Footprint
Saving water

If me and my family take shorter showers and turn off the water, we can save water and resources

SonjaM in MY Family Footprint

I agree with this and i can also do this. by doing this we can limit the amount of water being wasted.

Harley F in MY Family Footprint

I can also do this. Taking long showers is unnecessary and only wastes water. Setting a timer may be a good option to achieve this goal.

linamcr in MY Family Footprint

Yes, I definitely agree with this. Especially where we live we take basic things such as food, water, and shelter for granted and by being aware that we can actually save water, we are not only helping the environment, but are being more conscientious about are water usage. Additionally, I heard that we actually don't need perfectly clean water for things like taking showers, washing dishes, and taking a shower, only for drinking. These kind of water is called grey water and I think it would be a very good idea to instead change form using clean water for things that we don't necessarily need clean water for, and instead replace it with grey water.

Ivan malat in MY Family Footprint

The point of a shower is to be clean. Unclean water = unclean bodies ?

Diabetic in MY Family Footprint

We need clean water for heaps of things such as drinking, showering, bathing, cooking and more

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Danek in Climate Change Resources
Easy way to make a difference

One of the easiest ways to reduce your carbon footprint is to change your diet. One of the best diets would be non-meat eating diets such as pescetarian, vegeterian or vegan. Another way to change your diet in a way that would affect climate change in a positive matter is to eat less, perhaps by a fasting diet. In one of these fasting diets you would eat in a certain period of time, let's say 8 hours, and then not ingest a single thing for 16 hours, and then repeat the process every day.

lululm in Climate Change Resources

I agree that changing your diet is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint but, I don't think it's the easiest way. It is hard for some people to completely cut certain things out of their diet like meat and sugar. I also think it would be hard to get everyone or most people to fast and even become a vegetarian or pescetarian.

abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz1234 in Climate Change Resources

if you're a vegetarian then you are not cool vegans

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HenryB107 in MY Family Footprint
Line drying

Dryers produce a large amount of carbon dioxide and there is an easy solution, line drying. Line drying would cost you less money and the only downside is you would have a longer wait time.

bongie in MY Family Footprint

In Australia we use clothes hangers and put them in front of our fires and we only use our dryers if we are in a rush.

bozza in MY Family Footprint

in Australia we rarely ever use clothes dryers unless we need the clothes dried fast or if its heavily raining.

bongie in MY Family Footprint

in Australia we use line drying most of the time when we dry our clothes

Brock James hamilton in MY Family Footprint

Today we use line drying to save money and electricity

Brock James hamilton in MY Family Footprint

In Australia we all use line drying

abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz1234 in MY Family Footprint

I use the fire inside to dry my cloaths and the line drier

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HenryB107 in Home Grown
Gardens

Gardens are a very effective way of reducing your carbon footprint as you are planting things that will help clean the atmosphere. Also, you could be spending less money on a meal or two.

rabbits in Home Grown

Great idea. The plants suck up the carbon and a good vegie garden can provide with plenty of food that you don't even have to drive to a supermarket to buy. In Australia many families have their own vegie garden and we share vegies with others too.

abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz1234 in Home Grown

good idea
but it costs as much to buy the materials but you could just buy it all fron the supermarket or you could go to a local farmer that has a paddock full of vegies and buy it.

banana king in Home Grown

In Australia we often share our vegetables that we grow at home and also we sell them at markets. It's a great way to reduce carbon and to help out others. Our climate is really good for growing vegies all year round.

Brock James hamilton in Home Grown

Gardens are a very efficient way to reducing your carbon footprint as you are planting things that will held clear the atmosphere

banana king in Home Grown

So Alphabet man, have you considered that driving to the supermarket is not the only problem with your ideas. How do the vegetables get to the supermarket? They come in huge trucks, across the country that use gallons and gallons of diesel. Supporting a supermarket when you can buy local from markets or grow your own is exactly what we are trying to prevent. More trucks and driving equals more emissions and more carbon problems.

Diabetic in Home Grown

Gardens are a good thing for people to have as it turns carbon dioxide into oxygen. Homegrown veggies taste much better the supermarket ones, since there are chemicals in them. A lot of people in Australia buy Australian fruits and vegetables to support local farmers. Growing your vegetable garden will also save you money and time to buy them.

abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz1234 in Home Grown

HORSE AND CART which don't use diesel or petrol, they only use water and hay
Banana king

Brock James hamilton in Home Grown

Bongie

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asrunyr in Student Footprints
stop using plastic straws

why do we need plastic straws they are killing our turtles and many more animals. we can really stop using them and just drink from the glass or bottle that we are using. and if we really need to use straws then there are medal straws that we can use over and over again so we don't throw the plastic straws in to the ocean.

Gj12 in Student Footprints

I agree, a good amount of establishments are beginning to use paper straws as well to reduce the plastic waste that harms the Earth.

Nathan.cole in Student Footprints

I agree with you, I hardly ever use a straw nowadays. Just imagine how much plastic is being thrown in the waste. Save the turtles.

r-romero-sjrstate in Student Footprints

You're right that straws really aren't needed. If more public establishments took a step in cutting out straws, and taking small steps towards helping the environment, the carbon footprint of so many people would be greatly reduced.

rileyyeich in Student Footprints

Hey there! Plastic straws are used because they are convenient. But, I agree that everyone should make the switch to reusable metal straws. I saw online that some companies sell them that can hook on to your keychain so you can have it on the go!

juliannnnnn in Student Footprints

if they want us to trade to metal straws wouldnt they give them out for free like plastic straws. its all in the government my friends, the government is just slowly killing us with all the plastic straws. #save the turtles

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LeonardP(USA) in Student Footprints
How Can Students have less footprints?

Other than composting and recycling, how can students help the environment?

machewtops in Student Footprints

By riding the bus and biking or walking to school

Benbrave in Student Footprints

Or you could also carpool with friends.

Imogen in Student Footprints

You can also scooter or skateboard. There are many different ways

eva.bifone in Student Footprints

We can take the public transportation to go to school and we could ride bikes and if we ride a car we can get electric cars.

JessaS in Student Footprints

Students can have less footprints by taking less flights, eating less meat and reusing materials more often.

Kaate in Student Footprints

Walking and biking is a nice way to travel. It’s healthy and efficient. Like going to a park, it would be way better to bike there instead of using a car.

Harley F in Student Footprints

Using public transportation to get to school and not eating meat are both good ways to help the environment.

juliannnnnn in Student Footprints

you could Also run or walk to school jess, you help the world plus you get excersise up

bozza in Student Footprints

amen @juliannnnnn

abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz1234 in Student Footprints

ride to school on a bike

RJRJ in Student Footprints

just leave early for school and then either run or walk to school jess it's not that hard.

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Seabass in Student Footprints
Clean energy

One of the main problems in carbon emissions is the use of fossil fuels. Some easy ways to cut down on electricity use is to turn off lights when you don't need them on or unplug devices when not using them. A cheaper alternative to using solar panels is to join a community solar farm. Joining this means no installation cost and helps cut down on carbon emissions while saving money over time.
https://www.goingzerowaste.com/blog/5-w … -footprint

amillerSJRState in Student Footprints

I agree with your solutions. In fact, it is a pet peeve of mine when the last person to leave a room forgets to turn off the lights.

Ivan malat in Student Footprints

I agree amillerSJRState The government are pocketing our cash by using ridiculous enegy sources such as coal. WHEN THEIR HIDING THE DOUBLE AA's

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alex912441 in MY Family Footprint
food

i would enforce meal planning to help reduce co2 as much as possible . Our meals are very important if we want to save our planet and make a bigger impact . I would try and not eat as much meat & use less animal made products and substitue it with something more eco friendly.

Filthy in MY Family Footprint

Personally I think we should stop drinking water, think about the fish Alexander...

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nellascott in Off the Table?
What's Off The Table

For me, I would be unwilling to change my modes of transportation. Although I carpool and take public transportation as much as I can, there are certain things that would require moving in a car. It allows me to be on time for school, sports-related activities, and other things. It is possible I could use city buses and trains more, but cars are just convenient for my busy life.

lululm in Off the Table?

I understand that cars are more convenient than other modes of transportation but if we want to reduce our carbon footprint we need to do little things like carpooling, busing, walking, or biking. These small things add up and can really make a difference.

rabbits in Off the Table?

I agree that cars are so much more convenient. And it is difficult to car pool or use public transport when you live far away from school and the shops. Sometimes we just need to use vehicles that are more energy efficient. Or just do the best we can.

abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz1234 in Off the Table?

just walk to school that'll change your ways

abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz1234 in Off the Table?

nella scot

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josiea in Food & Hunger
Growing Food

Crops and food resources can be destroyed by climate change, making it hard for those who rely on growing food.

corey222 in Food & Hunger

So I’m going to try to grow my own food and eat one completely self sufficient meal per week.

ellasabine in Food & Hunger

thats really cool corey

KàriO in Food & Hunger

thats really true. plus its making it harder for certain areas who rely on catching fish.

Imogen in Food & Hunger

That is true and people who are framers and rely on crops are struggling with drought and floods so they can’t provide for their family’s and others

laurenoboy in Food & Hunger

And if the farmers or people rely heavily on the crops that they grow, it would be very difficult to find another resource to replace their crops

juliannnnnn in Food & Hunger

its also good to buy fair trade items

RJRJ in Food & Hunger

If everyone in the world starts planting our own food it can help the environment because of how we all live on buying food from the supermarket which still a good thing to do but if we can all try to make a farm like getting cows and use them for meat or use them for milk.

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sirfrolasar in Student Footprints
eat more natural and organic foods

The foods you eat matter. You should go to grocery stores that sell organic foods and don't process their foods

Lulu A. (USA) in Student Footprints

I agree that food production has a large impact on our world, eating organic or locally grown foods can definitely make a difference. Between growing, shipping, and packaging, the food we eat can greatly affect our climate.

Ivan malat in Student Footprints

I agree however have you ever tried to resist a burger form hungry jacks? The burgers are better at hungry jacks. Come into store now buy 1 whopper get cheese fries free. T&Cs apply. Only available for a limited time. Authorised by the Australian government Canberra

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