Carbon Footprint

By: Kyra Bryant

What an Ecological Footprint is, and the Factors that Effect it

An ecological footprint shows how much of an effect you have on the environment. Five factors that effect your footprint include: the car you drive, the food you eat, the home you live in, how often you fly, and how often you recycle.

National and World Averages, the Massachusetts Scenario, and Factors with the Biggest Effect

My average is 21% compared to the 27% National average. My average is 2.1% compared to the 5.5% World average. The Massachusetts scenario decreased my carbon footprint because less energy was being used. Home energy and recycling were the factors that had the biggest effect on my footprint.

Calculation Process, Ways to Reduce Emission of Greenhouse Gases, and Pros and Cons

The calculation process includes entering information about your daily life such as the car you drive, the appliances in your house, and less air travel. You can start car pulling, using energy saving appliances, and limiting air travel.
Pros: car pulling reduces pollution emitted by cars, energy saving appliances use less energy than other appliances, limited air travel reduces pollution emitted by planes
Cons: car pulling can mess up car suspensions and uses more gas, energy saving appliances are expensive, limited air travel makes it difficult to go places

Long/Short Term Effects, and Climate Change

Short Term Effects: car pulling can lead to more car repairs than usual, energy saving appliances can lead to a shortage of money, less plane usage leads to less traveling
Long Term Effects: all of them can reduce pollution and the emission of greenhouse gases
Climate can change drastically over night, this surprised me because i didn't now that a drastic climate change could happen in such a short period of time.