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HOW WE ALL ADD TO OUR CARBON FOOTPRINTS

V. Ryan 2008 - 2017

 

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We all have a carbon footprint and add to it every day of our lives. Almost everything we do increases our footprint. For example, the start of a typical day for a typical pupil/student is outlined below:

Gets out of bed at 7.30am and turns on the bedroom light - this uses electricity.
Turns on the radio - more electricity used.
Has a wash - electricity has been used to pump water to his/her home and heat it up. The waste water produced is released down the drain and has to be cleaned at a water treatment plants before retuning to rivers and lakes. All this requires energy often produced by burning fossil fuels.
Eats a breakfast - often this is cooked using electricity or gas. Even if a cereal is eaten, it has been grown on a farm. The farmer has planted the cereal crop using vehicles and equipment burning petrol or diesel (creating pollution). When cropped it is transported to factories where it is processed, all this uses more energy.

All this takes place before leaving the house in the morning. During the entire day a typical pupil/student increases their carbon footprint dramatically.

 
 

List all the ways you contribute towards your carbon footprint during a normal day. A good way of doing this is to build a record of one days activities, on a table such as the one shown below. Write on it all those activities that add to your carbon footprint, in chronological order. Explain alongside each activity why it adds to your carbon footprint.

   

6.00am

 
 
 
 
 

10.00am

 
 
 
 

 

2.00pm

 
 
 
 

 

6.00pm

 
 
 
 

 

10.00pm

 
 
 
 

 

   
   
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