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Student Footprints

Students from around the world calculated their class mean and standard deviations for their footprints and posted them on our world map.

Do you see differences across the globe? If so, why do you think those differences exist?

Did you use the calculator to try to reduce your footprint down to the average from a citizen of another country? What changes would you have to make to lower your footprint in this way? Are you going to try and take some of these actions in your daily life?


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Student Footprints

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emeraldbat   2021-10-15 21:32:18
My Footprint

My Carbon Footprint was less than I had expected. I had gotten 8,773 which is lower than the average in my area, lower by 954 to be exact. The highest category for me was food with 3,969. I had expected to get around 10,000 or higher but I am almost satisfied with my result. I hope to reduce my Carbon Footprint in the future.

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AMMALINIM   2021-10-15 19:09:57
How to reuse resources

I think a crucial part of keeping our carbon footprint down is to recycle plastic items, or to use glasswares. By doing so we can reduce our need to purchase new plastic containers by a lot

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AMMALINIM   2021-10-15 12:21:44 (Last post: 2021-10-15 15:48:37)
My footprints

I got an alarmingly high footprint of 10000, which is almost 5 times higher than the national average. California needs help.

NHubanks   2021-10-15 15:48:37

Ironically California is one the most environmentally friendly states. The lifestyle of the average American is completely unsustainable on a global scale, and yet we still always want more. With our consumer culture we NEED to learn to restrain ourselves from easily attainable luxuries in the name of longevity. Try to rethink about what is REALLY necessary in life compared to what is necessary to your current unsustainable life style.

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Bryson D.   2021-10-11 18:40:18
Come on, California!

My carbon footprint came out to be 8,728 kgs. I thought beforehand that my footprint was going to be higher than the average footprint from my state, California, but I was surprised to see instead that the average footprint was almost a full kilogram higher (at 9,727 kgs) than mine! What really surprised me, however, was the average carbon footprint worldwide. At 3,791 kgs, California's average footprint is over 2.5x the average footprint of the world! When comparing California to the rest of the world, it's easy to see why. We are the most populated state in the United States, and the 11th most densely populated state in the country (United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, 2015). Thus, we are more inclined to manufacturing and using a lot more products, which all contribute to the carbon footprint. Plus, America is known for being a rich country, so that also contributes to the lavishness of each American's life. I found this information interesting, so I just thought that I would share this interest.

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kristy_y   2021-10-10 22:50:35 (Last post: 2021-10-11 13:35:16)
My own footprint

My transportation emissions are pretty high as i do live a bit far from my school and my way to go to school but in other category's such as my food emissions they're pretty low. But, i do think that my transportation really kills my average on my yearly carbon emissions as its my highest number out of all the category's.  i dunno what to do to do to help reduce my footprint so if you guys have any tips tell me ty

hodin   2021-10-11 11:27:10

Hi Kristy, yes that's challenging. I guess there is not much publci transportation where you live?  Even if there is not a bus right near you maybe you could ride a bicycle (at least during part of the year) to the nearest bus stop?  If public transportation is not possible for you, then maybe you could try seeing if there are other students with whom you could carpool? 

And then if all else fails, and you really have no choice but to take a personal vehicle to school, then don't sweat it, and look for other ways within your control to reduce your impact.  Some ideas are hanging your laundry when it's sunny, using more blankets at night and turning the heat down, and switching out the bulbs in your home to LED.

Yaser Hosainy   2021-10-11 11:49:26

I agree with you, I also live very far from my school, 20 minutes drive. My transportation emissions are the highest compared to the other ones like food, products etc. One solution is to use Public transportation, like taking a bus, riding ur bike to school, they are all possible solutions to reducing your Carbon Footprint.

Rowan54   2021-10-11 13:35:16

I live pretty far from my school as well, personally I have to drive to school so I cut down on driving in other parts of my life when I can walk or bike. Essentially, I prioritize my driving to only necessities and what matters most to me. This lets me cut down on my footprint while being able to still drive to school.

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Beck_Areti   2021-10-11 11:47:25
Food Waste + Leftovers at School

It's kind of distressing to see the food trays full of food thrown away at my school. So much food, including things like untouched apples, oranges, milk cartons, and pizza are tossed in the trash and forgotten without a thought. I remember my old school had a spot where you could put fruit + vegetables you hadn't eaten, and that food was free for kids to take home. That was good, but then over the last 2 years they stopped doing that to try to prevent spreading covid. I was vaguely wondering if there was something students could do with food waste + food leftover from lunch to decrease our carbon footprint without spreading covid-19, and thought it might be a good idea to try to get a sort of school compost bin going.

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Farah14   2021-10-08 22:06:09
Being more knowledgeable

Students are starting to look more into their own carbon footprint, which is great! They can start understanding what they need to do more and what things they need to stop doing. Understanding these things at a young age can help the earth tremendously. For example, people can start recycling more.

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Umut   2021-10-08 21:16:25
How can students help?

As students, there are many points in our day where we can conserve. Just going to school, we can help with our transportation method. Maybe if its feasible some people can use bikes or public transit. Or possibly walk if they live close by. At school, paying attention to not wasting paper and to not get more food than you need which will end up in the trash.

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sahilsingh5616   2021-10-08 14:32:44
Large amounts of carbon use from cars

I had a large number for my carbon footprint (about 18,500) is from transportation. I think that there should be better ways to lower the amount of carbon prodocuded by cars then just switch to electric cars as i do not think that electric cars will be going away soon.

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Anastasia575   2021-10-08 13:40:47
Carbon Footprint

My full footprint is 19,034 kgs, separately for traveling it's 10,483 kgs and its kind of a big number but I like traveling to different places so I don't know what to do.

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wangn8963   2021-10-07 10:21:23 (Last post: 2021-10-08 09:15:17)
How to Stop the WorldWide Carbon Footprints From Increasing?

Specifically in California, how can we stop the average persons carbon footprint from increasing? Already, our carbon footprint is triple than the worldwide average, which is NOT a good thing. To try to decrease our carbon footprints, we can try to use public transport as much as possible, turning off the lights whenever possible, and try to use cars that dont use as much gas.

jeffshan04   2021-10-08 09:15:17

That is a great question. In my opinion, it is hard to completely stop the worldwide carbon footprint from increasing, as it demands everyone to take action and raise awareness on carbon emissions. However, as citizens who are aware of carbon footprints, we can do something to try to minimize them. Just like you have pointed out, some ways to minimize it is to use more public transportations instead of private cars, turn off the lights when you are not using them, and use cars with fewer carbon emissions. We can also use more renewable energy as possible, such as installing solar panels in our homes, consume local and seasonal food, and limit and recycle our waste. In this way, I believe that we can help alleviate the worldwide carbon footprints to a great degree.

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wiggina   2021-10-07 13:41:15 (Last post: 2021-10-07 13:44:21)
Are carbon footprints made by people important in the bigger picture?

If you think about it, worrying about your own carbon footprint may be good and useful but the emissions made by companies are much easier to reduce and contribute much more to the carbon emitted by humanity. Focusing on reducing companies emissions should be priority number one and reducing carbon emission per person shouldn't be so stressed considering companies are responsible for much carbon emission plus deforestation, oil spills, destruction of habitats, and other harmful things for the environment.

nishkabaliga   2021-10-07 13:44:21

That is true, one individual's carbon footprint cannot be compared to that of a large company. However, we still should do what we can, and try to convince companies to reduce their emissions gradually.

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