How big is your footprint?

Let’s take out the ruler and measure our footprints. Then maybe once and for all, we may solve the mystery of Big Foot, or better known as the Yeti or the Abominable Snowman! Is he found in your class, masquerading as a quiet, teenie weenie student?

Wait a minute! Sorry, before you take out your shoes and expose your smelly feet, I got it wrong. I mean how big is your carbon footprint, you carbon humanoid.

Sorry for the name calling, but that’s what we are basically. But yes, your carbon footprint refers to the amount of carbon dioxide you produced in your daily lives. Oh yes, you don’t cook over charcoal fires, you don’t do open burning and the little carbon dioxide you breathed out is inconsequential. So your carbon footprint should be small, right? Not exactly. Because everytime you switch on the air-conditioning, drive a car, use an appliance, or even throw rubbish, you will somehow be contributing to the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere! That’s because carbon dioxide is the common by-product in most of life’s activities.

What does the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere have to do with me? For one thing, it warms up our earth –  a phenomenon called global warming. It causes climate changes and cause chaos to our weather patterns. So do your part in reducing your carbon footprint.

Wonder how to do that? Well, for starters, you go to the our school library and look at the noticeboard that has been done up beautifully for this very purpose. And below here, I append a brochure done up by some students.


12 Responses

  1. Do you honestly think that such an advert will actually create an awareness among the people?? Honestly can you honestly tell me that you’ve never left any of your own personal carbon footprints you “carbon humanoid”…. Not that I am not for saving the environment or anything it’s just that there’s been a whole lot of such adverts but yet none of it has ever been able to really make someone think twice before using an aerosol spray on a cockroach or setting their rubbish on fire… or actually considering Carpooling as an option of transport… your post is great it shows that you’re really into environment but I honestly think that this post won’t really make much of a difference on the world…. what I honestly think would make a difference, is if you bring in money… “Money makes the world go round”…. creating awareness on, “how taking care of the environment can save the world”, won’t really make much of a difference.. but, if you create awareness on “how taking care of the environment can get you money”… Now that… that will definitely start a change in the world + help decrease the rate of poverty… =)

  2. We don’t just release carbon dioxide when we use air-conditioners. Another dangerous gas released is chlorofluorocarbon, more commonly known as CFC. CFC is also released through the usage of refrigerators and aerosol sprays, as well as the burning of plastic. The release of CFC causes ozone depletion due to the reaction of CFC molecules with the ozone molecules. The holes punched in the ozone layer as a result allow ultraviolet rays to reach the Earth’s surface, causing diseases such as skin cancer.

  3. Throwing papers -> Not recycling -> Need more trees for paper production -> Chopping down trees -> Excess Carbon dioxide & less photosynthesis -> CO2 trap sunlights on earth surface -> global warming.

    Conclusion: Try dont waste papers on brochures, notices and EXAM PAPERS.

    p/s: dont waste exam papers. reuse or recycle them. Please don’t misunderstand me, teachers!

  4. Of course we are carbon humanoid, because we are carbons themselves.

    I agree with kok soon’s comment. The total amount of papers used for exams throughtout the country over a year can exceed thousands or even millions.
    The exam papers should be taken back and recycle after students have taken back their exam papers. The effect would be impressive than not doing it.

  5. A very informative post and i like the sense of humor in it. In fact, we can reduce our carbon footprint by many simple little things in our daily life such as turn off the appliances that are not being used, etc. These seemingly insignificant acts could help save the environment. I think we humans should be more aware towards these kinds of environmental issues and start to take responsibility of what we have done to our Mother Nature. Since at the end of the day, who gets the shorter end of the stick? Humans.

  6. Now we learn how to prevent from releasing too much carbon dioxide into the environment. But how many of us will take action to reduce the release of carbon dioxide?

  7. Helping the environment by reducing our carbon footprints are probably one of the best ideas on paper that is, but to actually set the plan in motion would prove to be a challenge to many people out there. Ask ourselves, how many of us are willing to give up the comfort of our own cars to take the stuffy and heaty public transportation?

    Surely, everyone these days have comfort in their mind, what I think should really be done instead is to educate many about how badly our environment have been affected, and make them realize this is happening NOW, and not another minute can be spared in saving our environment.

  8. There are many ways to reduce your carbon footprint . You can use the three Rs: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. Or you can use cold water. Try using cold water to launder things that don’t need to be cleaned in hot or warm water. It takes a lot of energy to heat up water — multiply that by the number of loads, and that’s a big footprint. Most major detergent makers sell detergents designed to have the same cleaning power as with regular soap. Therefore you also can buy organic and local.

  9. With so much information, the ultimate question that we’ve to ask ourselves is, are we being environmentally friendly? I can say it’s a big no. Did you know that almost everything you can think of can be recycled or reused? But how many of us actually think before we throw something away? Do we sort our rubbish at home? We, Malaysian are truly lucky that we have yet to be badly affected by global warming. However, the Antartic ice sheet is melting rapidly and unless appropriate measures are taken, it is predicted to be gone by summer 2012. so go green before it’s too late =)

  10. first of all, i must say although we release carbon dioxide everyday, but they are ways to reduce them aren’t there? BUT, considering the killer temperature Malaysia is tormenting us with, how can we not use airconds? from my perspective, we should improvised on the production of aircond, make it less harmful to the earth, because the truth is, come on, you’ll probably be roasted if you don’t turn on the aircond on hot days. :O

  11. Firstly, Bigfoot? “Bwa-ha-ha”. Behold, I am laug- Oh. Sorry.

    Anyways… You know, I agree with the whole recycling thing. It’s not like it’s that hard to group your rubbish into it’s different materials. Just, well, put in a little effort, all thee “carbon humanoids”. (I shall try to follow my own advice now, okay? Thank you very much.) Besides it’s not like there’s a shortage of recycling bins or anything. Ahem. Hint.

    Though I wish they would’ve chosen different colours for them. Especially the brown one. Brown is just… boring. dull. unattractive. meh. Take your pick. Plus it’s the colour of the ground. Maybe people are confusing the ground for a bin (Hello litterbugs!). Now, do you really blame them? 😉

    Oh. Sorry for ranting.

    Airconds? Well… lets just say I’m with Shi-Yuan on this one.

  12. Incase some of you dont know what is a carbon footprint. Here’s some info on it. A carbon footprint is a measure of the impact our activities have on the environment, and in particular climate change. It relates to the amount of greenhouse gases produced in our day-to-day lives through burning fossil fuels for electricity, heating and transportation etc.

    The carbon footprint is a measurement of all greenhouse gases we individually produce and has units of tonnes (or kg) of carbon dioxide equivalent

    well, all i can say now is lets go GREEN!

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