Todays lesson was the start of sustainability, and you discussed four different areas of our modern lives and how we could make them more sustainable. The lists you created are repeated here with a small amount of editing from me:
We aren't going to change our lifestyles that considerably over any short period of time, and there is of course one great big obstacle to any change, we don't yet have a suitable alternative for oil. Without this we cant make any of the more significant changes, but in the meantime we can look to alternative forms of energy like nuclear/wind/wave and tidal, and we can make changes on a small scale. The phrase to remember comes from Agenda 21 "Think Global, Act Local".
What does this mean? take small steps on a local level, and with enough people taking part we can make a significant impact. The first step towards doing this is to understand our own, individual impacts on the environment at a household level, and the last homework you have for this module it to look at your own houses and lifestyles, and calculate your carbon footprint.
You will need your parents help for this, but
So my total is 5.25 Tonnes per Year, for a three person household. I am fairly energy conscious, and this is how my results compare to the UK Average
So I'm feeling pretty virtuous about now! How does your house compare? Use this link to do your own energy survey and calculate how much carbon your household emits.
Act on CO2
Make sure you select the household option, and bring in your results. You will need some help from your parents on the size engine of your cars, the amount you pay monthly for fuel and electricity, and you need to find the energy rating of the big appliances in your homes, this is normally displayed on a sticker on the side, if not google will have the answers!
Please try to complete this by Fridays lesson, and see what recommendations the website makes for improving your efficiency, are any of them realistic? For instance, by most carbon heavy appliance is my boiler which is over 10 years old, and i could replace it to save money and fuel, but there is a significant cost associated with it.
Any problems let me know, this took me 15 minutes, so with a little research at home yours shouldn't take you much longer!!