Mid Term project

by Kirstinszogas
Last updated 8 years ago

Discipline:
Science
Subject:
Earth Sciences
Grade:
12

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Mid Term project

My Carbon FootprintMy Carbon Foot Print is 19.60 metric tons per year. Initially, I was happy with this number, because the the average footprint for people in United States is 20.40 metric tons. I was glad that my family's output was less than the common american's. However, after conducting further research I learned that the average worldwide carbon footprint is about 4 metric tons. Americans use way more than other countries, even countries with large industial components. All of this excess carbon usage is extremely harmful to the envirmoment. The large amount of extra carbon emitted into the air due to cars, factories and other manmade processes can create smog, cause pollution, and even affect global climate change. The extra greenhouses gases present in the atmosphere act like mirrors, reflecting heat from the sun back onto the earth and raising global temperatures. This is not onlt uncomfortable but it melts ice caps and endangers many other creatures. The worldwide target to combat climate change is 2 metric tons of carbon per person per year. To meet this goal, Americans will need to adapt to a HUGE lifestyle change. We need to stop taking our planet for granted and make choices to keep it healthier. In this poster I have included some suggestions on how to reduce your carbon footprint. If enough people follow thee guidelines we will be on our way to a greener, healthier planet.

My Carbon Footprint

And ways it can (and should) be reduced

Ways to reduce your carbon footprint

SHORT TERM1.Turn down your thermostat a few degrees in the winter and up a few degrees in the summer. You will barely notice the difference but it will save you money and reduce your carbon footprint.2. Set the thermostat in your house on a timer. This way it will only heat or cool your home for the hours that you are there. There is no reason to heat or cool the house while you are at work. 3. Turn off things when they are not in use (i.e. lights, computers, the TV) 4. Fill your dish washer and washing machine all the way. This will not only reduce your carbon footprint but save you water, electricity, and washing powder as well.5. Hang out the washing to dry rather than tumble drying it.6.Do your weekly shopping in a single trip.

LONG TERM1.Use energy saving lightbulbs such as flourescent lightbulbs.2. Insulate your hot water tank, attic and walls.3. Replace your fridge or freezer if it is over 15 years old4. Buy appliances that have an energy efficiency rating of "A" 5. Travel less and travel more carbon footprint friendly.6. Carpool or use the bus or a train (For short journeys walk or use a bike) 7. Try to reduce the number of flights you take8. Don't buy bottled water 9. Buy local, organic things with minimal packaging10. Recycle!


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