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Week 13

In regards to the Carbon Footprint, our household is 41% better compared to the average for a similar household by 50 tons CO2 yearly. The areas I considered in the Footprint were natural gas and electricity.  I learned that my families CO2 emissions were lower compared the average provided. Our waste is very low because we recycle most of the household’s materials except the magazines. Our transportation was a little more than the expectation because we have a variety of cars and most of them get good gas mileage apart from the Jeep. Besides, I also use my car both to and from college which is some miles thus I use a lot of gas. Based on this, it is important to note that the major area affecting the planet was transportation.

The ecological footprint is the impact an individual has on Earth and what other people demand from nature. Concerning the ecological footprint, if everyone lived as a do, then we would require about 2.1 Earths. Therefore, compared to the global average which is given at 1.5, it is higher but lower compared to the one for the US (Christensen et al., 2013). It is evident that my lifestyle has an impact on the environment particularly in the line of transport. Thus, to lower my footprint to the average provided, I will have to use public means to get to school. This will assist reduce the amount of energy I use to and from school on a daily basis.

 No, I wasn’t surprised because I was able to learn that my transportation means are assisting my footprints. The calculator indicated taking a public means and walking rather than driving all the time. The other alternative is to get an electric car to assist reduce the use of fuel which has a great impact on the environment. Additionally, my footprint was closer to average since our family has been on the forefront to assist reduce CO2 emissions in regards to various practices. For instance, we recycle almost everything except newspapers. We have a water recycle machine which assists as reduce water wastage. The waste products are collected weekly and are taken to recycling companies. This shows that most of the contribution from our homestead is due to the heavy fuel consuming vehicle we have and use daily. Thus, the Footprint result is a real reflection of our life.

References

Christensen, J. H., Kanikicharla, K. K., Marshall, G., & Turner, J. (2013). Climate phenomena and their relevance for future regional climate change.

Response

Hello Cora,

I want to thank you for participating in the discussion on Carbon and Ecological footprint. It is true that the major areas where people are affecting the planet are natural gas, water, and electricity. Some people use a lot of water without recycling for conservation purposes. However, it is important you realized the areas which you need to improve on to assist conserve our environment. Based on this, it was important conducting a Carbon and Ecological footprint.

Week 11

Yes, I think we have a new Epoch in regards to the readings on the impacts of human actions, but different from the Holocene. It is imperative that most human actions have affected our environment in a variety of ways. According to the readings, the periods on the geological time frame is a reflection of the changes in the forms of life on Earth and dominant situations. The debate on the sea level and glacial retreat to identify the start and end of an epoch has resulted to the modifications we presently are distinct from the Holocene. According to Angus, the early Anthropocene started when large-scale farming started while the late Anthropocene began when people began industrialization. Therefore, I can boldly say that we epoch in the present society in regards to the massive human actions.

It is imperative that the new epoch started in the industrialization age where technology and the use of machines in the production process began. The advancement of human society through modernization led to both positive and negative impacts on society. The negative impact was the emission of Carbon dioxide to the atmosphere. According to Steffan, the recent trends in the emission of greenhouse gases, deforestation, ozone depletion, extinction of species, etc. Steffan talks of the great acceleration during the late Anthropocene leading to massive environmental impacts. It is true that the great acceleration of these impacts was due to the major changes which took place during industrialization and modernization. That said, industries were planted, and various machines were running releasing toxic gases to the environment. There was a lot of deforestation as people were looking for enough space to install their huge industries for production purposes. Moreover, more lands were required for planting purposes which led to the clearing of the forests.

Reference

Steffen, W., Crutzen, P. J., & McNeill, J. R. (2007). The Anthropocene: are humans now overwhelming the great forces of nature. AMBIO: A Journal of the Human Environment, 36(8), 614-621.

https://umb.umassonline.net/bbcswebdav/pid-2841751-dt-content-rid-20856091_1/courses/B2810-9595/B2610-2648_ImportedContent_20160902013204/Angus2015_Anthrocene.pdf

Response

Hello Tess,

I want to appreciate you for taking part in the discussion and for posting. In regards to the discussion provision, I also agree with the fact that we are in a new epoch. This is based on the impact of the human activities which have led to irreversible changes on the environment. As you have also mentioned, the speed at which human activities are affecting the environment is alarming with no solution being addressed by society. Anyway, it was important that I read your post.