Rowan Zawadzki Ecological Footprint May 13, 2018
My footprint: 9.25 hectares Sarah J: 14.85, Valerie: 14.75
The ten actions that increase my footprint the most are:
- Showers are more than 10 minutes.
- Clothes are bought brand new for me or by me.
- Hardly wears ¾ of my clothe s that I own.
- Our garbage on a typical day fits into a small garbage can.
- I own a vacation home with another family
- I spend more than an hour in a vehicle.
- We water the garden every at least week (but we grow a lot of the food we eat)
- I need a lot of equipment for my activities. (a gym for climbing and a bike for biking, and ski equipment for skiing and a computer for video games)
- A lot of land has been changed for my activities(skiing)
- My house has a guest room.
I’ll try to lower my ecological footprint by…
- I take way too long when I am in the shower. I wake up very early and I am in the shower before 6:00 am. This means I am still “waking up” when I am in the shower and also means I am slower.
- I’ll try to donate the clothes that I don’t wear anymore
- I spend more than an hour in a vehicle
- I spend a lot of time in busses on the way to and from school, so I’ll try to walk down to Coquitlam Central Stn. instead of bussing the way(or walking from Coquitlam Central to Gleneagle)
- Some of our food is grown outside of BC
- Now that I think about this, I realize how much of a problem this is. If our food is being transported from California, or Mexico or from farther, it uses a lot of gasoline and resources to get here. I’ll convince my parents to buy only locally grown food, and I predict this food should be cheaper than other food because less money was used to get it here.
- Washing the car once every four weeks.
- I don’t mind dirty cars, so I’ll try to convince my parents not to wash their cars (or not to get me to wash them:) ) I think this will save a lot of water and especially how our family uses a lot of water.
Donating the clothes was very easy, all I did was round up and I don’t wear anymore and walk up to my elementary school. My elementary school has a clothing donation bin and is like a 2-minute walk away. Although it was hard to convince my parents to not wash the car, they thought I was just trying to get out of work. Walking to school instead of taking the bus was an obstacle for me, I misjudged how much time it would take to walk from Coquitlam Central to the school and I was a bit late for block 1. I plan to find more ways of lowering my ecological footprint as I progress into summer and try to successfully complete these ideas.