Ecological Footprint

The Plan:

My ecological footprint is: 7.65 hectares

Comparison:

  1. Mia: 6.7
  2. Kevin: 7.05
  3. Shubham: 7.05 
  4. Sarah F: 7.08 
  5. Leah: 7.25 
  6. Yoonha: 7.35 
  7. Edward: 7.45
  8. Neilan: 7.45 
  9. Elaine: 7.45 
  10. Albert: 7.46 
  11. Me: 7.65
  12. Makenzie: 8.13 
  13. Jerome: 8.35
  14. Kailey: 8.36
  15. Caitlin: 8.60
  16. Olesya: 8.75
  17. Grace: 9.0 

– Class Average (Mean): 9.2125 hectares

  1. Rowan: 9.25
  2. Noah: 9.4
  3. Annie: 9.5 
  4. Dylan: 9.7 
  5. Jackson: 10.04
  6. Ashley: 11.43
  7. Jayden: 11.6 
  8. Kimi: 12.45 
  9. Yunmin: 13.85 
  10. Valerie: 14.75 
  11. Sarah J: 14.85

Canadian Average: 7.8 – 8.18 hectares

Class Total: 257.95 hectares

Ten/Fifteen Actions That Increase my Footprint:

1) If your shower is usually 3 – 6 minutes or your bath is 1/2 full  – If your shower is usually more than 10 minutes or your bath is full

2) If you usually spend some time of the day on a public transport (bus or ferry)

3) If you usually spend some time carpooling (travelling with others in their car) – If you usually spend some time traveling just with your family in your car

4) For each time in one week that you eat organic, free-range chickens

5) If you usually spend more than an hour on the computer and/or watching TV per day

6) If you need a lot of equipment for your average day’s activities (ie. ski gear)

7) For each time in one week that you eat organic beef

8) For each time in one week that you eat organic pork

9) If wild fish is part of your diet

10) For you to do your activities on an average day, consider how much land has been changed into fields, rinks, pools, gyms, ski slopes, movie theatres, parking lots, schools, etc. – If lots of land has been changed (more than two hectares)

11) If some of your cloths was bought brand new for you or by you

12) If they number of rooms in your house per person is 2 to 4

13) If your family uses two cars

14) If some of the food you usually eat was grown in BC

15) If fruits/vegetables are part of your diet

Five Actions I Want to Change and Why:

  1. If your shower is usually 3 – 6 minutes or your bath is 1/2 full – If your shower is usually more than 10 minutes or your bath is full: I take long showers without noticing, and I want to conserve more water, especially considering we are very lucky to get fresh water, and other places might not be so lucky.

3)   If you usually spend some time carpooling (travelling with others in their car) – If you usually spend some time traveling just with your family in your car: I need to be driven a lot to be able to get to all the different ice rinks for Ringette. I want to carpool more often to reduce the amount of exhaust released by the amount of cars that it takes to get my entire team to a rink.

5)   If you usually spend more than an hour on the computer and/or watching TV per day: I spend a lot of time on a screen (homework, play), and that takes up a lot of battery and electricity. Saving electricity is a quick and easy way to reduce my footprint.

7) For each time in one week that you eat organic beef: As a challenge I want to reduce the amount of beef I eat for one month to reduce the amount of cows and gas that are needed to sustain the human population.

10) For you to do your activities on an average day, consider how much land has been changed into fields, rinks, pools, gyms, ski slopes, movie theatres, parking lots, schools, etc. – If lots of land has been changed (more than two hectares): School takes up a lot of space, but the amount of different rinks I play on depending on what ice times are free for practice or what teams we play takes up way more than two hectares. While there’s nothing I can do about the construction, I can do something. And that something is keeping the areas clean of litter.

Five Actions To How I Can Change My Footprint:

  1. Take shorter showers, and if I want a longer shower, take a shallow bath instead. I can also put a clock or timer out so I don’t get distracted and loose track of time.

3)   Carpool with my teammates more often; carpool to practices, games, and other events. This also saves time for my parents so they don’t have to drive as much.

5)   While it is highly unavoidable to cut the amount of time I use electronics to under an hour due to homework, research, and other activities, I can reduce the time I spend on a screen to play/relax. Setting a timer with breaks and finding other things to do will reduce the amount of time. In addition, it will be good for my health.

7) I can eat chicken, pork, or meatless meals instead of beef. If I do have to eat beef, I can take only a small piece and eat more alternatives and side dishes.

10)  I can pick up trash and litter around the different areas (school, rinks) to reduce the garbage in that area and letting the wildlife that lives there grow healthier.

The Reflection:

Easy Changes to Make and Why;

Some easy changes to make was eating less beef, taking shorter showers, and picking up litter in communities. These were easy because they were small changes that I was motivated to do and didn’t require or concern other people. Picking up litter was simple, as you see the garbage, pick it up, and drop it off at the nearest garbage can. Eating less beef; beef didn’t really come up this month, so it was easy to avoid. Taking shorter showers was a bit difficult at the start, but with some determination and time management, I was able to shorten how long my showers are.

Hard Changes to Make and Why:

Some hard changes to make was cutting down on personal electronic time and carpooling. There were harder because they were bigger changes that required motivation and including other people. Using screens for fun less was very hard, as once you start to relax time can flow by really quickly without you noticing. Setting restrictions for myself and taking breaks helped though, and I am doing more things like playing piano and checking out more books from the library. Carpooling was very hard; it required the corporation of the parents of my teammates from Ringette. Luckily, one of my teammates lives close to me, and we already carpool often. We have started to carpool to 3 in 5 practices together.

Obstacles I Encountered:

I had trouble organizing carpools, but I realize that trying to organize it myself wasn’t working. Instead, I decided to be more open to driving in someone else’s car, and I was able to get more carpooling as my parents realized that I was okay with it if they didn’t drive me to practice.

Plan for the Future:

I have started a one month challenge that can be repeated monthly. It is an ‘Acts of Local Love’ card deck from the United Way Lower Mainland with a different challenge to do each day. I want to share these cards to inspire others to take action in their community. I challenge you to start the challenge; you can order a deck or download free online. I included the link to the website. 

https://www.uwlm.ca/actsoflocallove/

PS. Today’s challenge was ‘Share your meal. Share your umbrella. Share an idea. Share something today!’ What perfect timing!

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