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MY Family Footprint

Many students using our footprint calculator said that they could not pledge to reduce their home footprints because they were not making the decisions for the household. Here is your chance to design your own sustainable virtual household!

If you had your own home, what would you do to make it more energy efficient? Where would you get your electricity from? Where would your house be? Would you live near to your school or work or local transit options? Where would you get your food from?

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MY Family Footprint

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Aloo   Yesterday 18:17:16
What's your family's carbon footprint

What's your family's carbon footprint and how can you lower it? There are many ways some simple and some more drastic. Simple ways are like turning of the lights every time you leave a room if you don't already or turning of the water when you are brushing your teeth and not using it. More drastic ways are like not traveling to other places or not eating out every day. What are some other methods you can think of?

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Gavin.Hatcher   2021-10-09 18:33:29

The highest contributor to my and my family’s carbon footprint is travel. My mom works from home but my dad, brother, and I all take a car to school or work. We also normally fly to Florida every summer.

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poptart234   2021-10-09 14:52:02
My own home

If I were to have my own home in the future, I would be sure to use energy-efficient methods to maintain it. I would obtain my electricity from solar panels, and my house would preferably be near my school/workplace in order for me to use my bike as a method of transportation. If possible, I'd like most of my food to come from a home garden, but of course, grocery stores would still be the main source.

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katherinefc   2021-10-08 20:06:21
My future home

Hopefully I will have my own home in the future. I’d like to install solar panels as they are a pollution-free energy source. I would also like to live close to my work in order to reduce the time that I am driving. If possible, I would bike/walk to work. If my home had a backyard, I would plant a garden and grow vegetables and fruit.

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petergriffinfromfamil   2021-10-07 11:28:29 (Last post: 2021-10-08 13:52:27)

Showeting wastes water and is bad for the evrionemnt, stop showering and the world will be good again

Subbiahn0335   2021-10-07 12:25:39

The solution to that wouldn't be to stop showering completely, but to lower the time that you do shower. I usually take 10-15 minute showers like most people, but if we all lowered our shower time to 5 minutes that would be beneficial towards the environment.  smile

Inna. L   2021-10-07 12:32:10

I dunno about you but I have no idea how you take 5 minute showers.

C5753   2021-10-07 15:21:26

While I agree that showering for extended periods of time wastes water, not showering at all is unhygienic and socially unacceptable. Instead of not showering, maybe people should just not waste their time in the shower and only take 10 minute showers. smile

shaun_s   2021-10-07 21:32:30

Wasting water really is bad, but being unhygienic also is. So please continue to take showers and try to lower the time you take them. (Try at least somewhere near 10 minutes or try to periodically lower the time it takes for you to shower.) Try not to use bathtubs since they use up so much water, and don't forget to turn off the tap when you're done (or using soap).

Kmctamaney   2021-10-08 10:03:03

This is not true. There is a certain standard of hygiene that people need to follow and it would overall leave the world cleaner. I think the solution is to take shorter showers and only taking them when dirty. Also if there was a system where the water could turn cold after 7 minutes or less to limit comfort.

Alexandra5424   2021-10-08 13:23:34

I agree that showering wastes a lot of water, but it would be really bad if you didn't shower at all, instead maybe lower the amount of time that a person is in the shower for.

2PU3590T7   2021-10-08 13:52:27

Yes, wasting water is bad for the environment, but I wouldn't consider taking a short shower as wasting water.

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ScreenName3507   2021-10-07 12:56:33 (Last post: 2021-10-08 11:25:10)
Family Carpool

My biggest contribution to my carbon footprint is transportation. I think if my family used a carpool to save as many miles as possible, it would affect my footprint greatly.

nhgftv   2021-10-07 22:53:22

If you also used public transportation such as busses or trains you could also minimize your carbon footprint while traveling.

MaxHite   2021-10-08 11:11:18

Great idea. To further diminish your Carbon Footprint, you could invest in buying a bike, skateboard or scooter and use that as your source of transportation. Public transportation such as buses or the metro could be a good idea too.

Zachary43   2021-10-08 11:25:10

I agree with both of these ideas. You can find alternate methods of transportation as mentioned, such as public transportation, or carpooling. You can also try to limit the number of miles you drive, by making sure your destinations are important and you aren't making unnecessary trips (by combining errands). Walking, biking and running are great alternatives.

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mareBOD   2021-05-03 23:13:12 (Last post: 2021-10-08 10:19:43)
Reducing Plastic Use

One thing that my family, and many others can do to reduce their carbon footprint is to cut down on, or completely cut out their usage and consumption of plastic. As of recent, plastics used for packaging and coating are showing to have very negative effects on the human body, more specifically organ health and reproductive health. As most people know, plastic waste also contributes to a mass percentage of the world's pollution, specifically that in the sea. In fact, there is an entire collection of trash (mostly plastic) that has come together as a result of the tides, and it bigger than the state of Texas. I believe that if the population stopped buying single use and non-repurposable plastics, like toys or products with packaging, we could significantly cut down our general waste production and lower our carbon footprints.

olivia.c   2021-10-08 10:19:43

I agree that decreasing plastic consumption would definitely be beneficial as 60-95% of the pollution in the ocean is comprised of plastic debris. Plastic has become one of the cheapest, most accessible resources in terms of manufacturing mass amounts of products and because of that is difficult to avoid. Ideally, people could buy more reusable items such as metal water bottles, reusable bags, and other repurposable tools to use in everyday life. However, for some people buying re-usable items is an extra cost many can't afford and will continue to purchase plastic goods and products with plastic due to its low cost and accessibility. I think it's important that we push for companies, the producers of plastic goods, to be held accountable for their plastic waste and disposal of waste in any way possible and encourage carbon offset programs.

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Moss_Elf   2021-10-07 13:34:29 (Last post: 2021-10-07 13:42:22)
hey hey heyyyy c'mon mannnnn im just a little guyyyyyy

While i do hope to ya know not die to global warming and or not destroy the earth for my friends future children, at this current state of bieng a little guy I dont know what i can do. Eco-friendly products tend to be really expensive and its almost impossible to convince my parent, if i do it rarley sticks. Im not sure if we even have enough time to make a diffrence but i can't do anything now. so what do we as children do?

Brilliance   2021-10-07 13:42:00

why are uyo asking me?? im just a little guyy! broo im broke

dudzikm9199   2021-10-07 13:42:22

yea i totally get that, im also just a kid and the little definitely things do count. i understand not being able to do much about this but i promise there are a lot of people out there who are doing their best.

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Shril   2021-10-07 13:29:31 (Last post: 2021-10-07 13:37:09)

My family is very forgetful. We try to reduce the amount of carbon that we create, but every time we try to change our ways, we just forget everything and go back to our bad habits. This has been a really big problem. If someone is trying to reduce the amount of carbon in their family, try to reduce it little by little. Buy a little less food, try walking to the store every other day, and before you know it, you’re gonna be reducing your carbon footprint.

IJustWantToMakeAnAccountPlease   2021-10-07 13:37:09

Spell "stun seed" backwards if you really want the solution.

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Brilliance   2021-10-07 13:28:25
My family footprint

My family footprint is above average on both food and transportation (13,381 Kgs). The only problem that I never thought about is that obviously humans need to eat but my family is a family of five, meaning this will be difficult to reduce the Kgs of my family footprint. I have the same problem with transportation. My family has to constantly drive to different areas, like to stores, work, or soccer practices/games. I’ve been looking through some of the posts here and I saw some talking about importance of carpooling and other stuff and I would like to give some sort of solution to this sort of problem but I can’t. This might mean that a lot of people around the world might be dealing with this type of issue and this will just increase concentration of greenhouse gases.

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Smith_5227   2021-10-07 12:50:41 (Last post: 2021-10-07 12:57:18)
MY Family Footprint

My carbon footprint for food is a bit higher than the average. If I did have more control over the food. I would bring reusable bags when shopping for food. I would also go to more local food markets either walking or using public transportation. I would also eat less meat.

phane7551   2021-10-07 12:57:18

This is a good idea! Because of the amount of greenhouse gases that meat and animal farms emit, limiting meat consumption helps the environment a lot, and lowers your carbon footprint

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Graeme   2021-10-07 12:55:32
Food Waste

There is so much food waste that goes on in america. Just remember take what you will eat and then you can go back for seconds.

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