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My Ecological Footprint is 4.6 hectares. The bigger components of my footprint using the Pie Chart are my Carbon Footprint which is 2.5gha, cropland with a 1.3 gha, and Forest Products which has a 0.5 gha. The larger sections according to the Bar Graph are food with a 1.4 gha, Goods with as total of 1 gha, and mobility with a total of 0.8 gha. My Carbon Footprint has a total of 7.1tons of CO2 emissions per year. My footprint was 3.5 earths. The larger selections were food, Goods, and mobility. Food was a high category because I eat a decent amount of processed foods. Goods was a high category because I use a lot of running water, and I do not use barely any renewable resources. I currently do not walk or ride a bike to school because of the weather. I also do not have solar panels to power my house.
I changed my footprint, instead of my house being made out of brick/cement, I chose wood. Instead of choosing rarely carpooling, I chose the option of carpooling almost very often. I cut mt driving time down from 120 miles to 26 miles per week. Instead of choosing a home that uses barely any electricity from a renewable source, I chose a house that uses almost 50% of renewable resources for electric. Instead of a big home, I chose a smaller house. My footprint went from 4.6 Hectares to 3.7 Hectares. My Carbon Footprint by tons went from 7.1 tons of CO2 emissions to 4.5 tons per year. My Carbon Footprint went from 53% of my Ecological Footprint to 42%.
The solutions that the website offered was to live in an urban area, instead of the city because by 2050, 70-80% of people are going to live in cities, compared to urban areas, which could lead to more pollution in major cities. Another way to lower my footprint would be to use more renewable energy. Lastly, one of the major solutions was to take a bike, walk to class, or use a shuttle to get to and from campus every day, instead of me driving myself. Instead of eating packaged, processed foods, the website gave an alternative to eat like a Vegan or Vegetarian once a month. Personally, I can live in an Urban area because I lived in an urban area my whole life. Currently, riding a bike or walking to school is a struggle for me in the winter. I hate being cold on my walk to school. In April however, walking to school would be pleasurable because the temperature would be warmer. One problem that I would have would be eating like a vegan or vegetarian because I love meat and I eat it on a daily basis.
My results of my Ecological Footprint did surprise me, I did not think I was destroying the earth as much as I am. I was not aware by me commuting back to Shippensburg would contaminate the environment as much as it has. I was not aware that packaged foods were harmful to the environment. One of the major shocking points was before I lowered some of my components, the website stated that it would take 3.5 earths if everyone lived like me. I felt angry about this because I was not aware that my lifestyle was ruining the earth. I did not know that a house that was built from bricks and cement causes more harm to an environment, than a house made out of wood. I did not know the amount of CO2 that I released approximately in a year and roughly 4.5 tons is a pretty heavy amount. I am willing to change my lifestyle such as eating less packaged foods and eating more fresh foods. Another change that I will take part in would be walking or riding my bike to school when the temperature gets warmer. I am more likely going to change my ways because I see how much I am damaging the environment and I have never been aware of the amount of damage I have personally been placing on the environment.
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