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Science Assignment 1 – Environmental Footprint TABLE A. Ecological Footprint Footprint Results (Answers to the following 2 questions will be given upon completion of footprint) If everyone lived like you, how many planet Earth’s would we need? 4 To support your lifestyle, how many productive global acres area needed? 17.7 Ecological Footprint Breakdown (Values can be obtained by scrolling over pie chart generated at completion of footprint) Percent of emissions from Food 16 Percent of emissions from Shelter 8 Percent of emissions from Mobility 18 Percent of emissions from Goods 8 Percent of emissions from Services 50 TABLE B. Household Emissions Household Emissions Results (Answers can be found in bar graphs following completion of calculator) What are your current household emissions? 1479783 What are the U.S. average household emissions? 41500 What was your reduced emissions? 120132 Household Emissions Savings (Answers can be found above bar graphs If you took all actions you would reduce annual emissions by: 19 If you took all actions your potential dollar savings would be: 25553 Your new total annual estimated CO2 emissions: 120132 QUESTIONS 1. Based on your findings from the ecological footprint calculator, how many Earth’s would be needed to support the global population if everyone lived your same lifestyle? Additionally, describe the impacts on the Earth’s climate, biodiversity, and economic security if every individual in the world lived your same lifestyle and discuss why these impacts would occur. Answer = The figure obtained from the ecological footprint calculator is 4 which is quite a lot. It indicates that we all should take some drastic action to make sure that the ecological balance is maintained. The climate of the Earth would deteriorate if everyone follows the same lifestyle. There would be extensive imbalance in the biodiversity and economy security would be threatened. The reason why this impact would occur is because we are consuming the scarce resource of the Earth with no regard to savings for our future generations. The selfish mentality would take its toll and ecological damage would occur sooner than expected. 2. Based on your findings from the ecological footprint calculator, what are the 3 everyday products and practices that contribute most to your environmental footprint? Answer = The findings of the ecological footprint calculator provide all of us with food for thought for what all we can do to save the environment by conserving the resources. Use of gas guzzler automobiles, excessive use of oil for heating and unnecessary use of electricity for running air conditioner, washing machines and other sundry appliances are the major factors that contribute the most to the environmental footprint. 3. Based on the information from the reduce emissions section of the household emissions calculator, name at least 2 actions that you can take to limit your carbon emissions? Include in your answer the exact dollar savings and the weight of carbon dioxide that could be saved (from the calculator results) for each of these two actions. Answer = First, by simply turning down the heating thermostat by 10 degrees Fahrenheit on winter nights, would result in annual savings of $25,021, which is quite substantial. This also is contributing to 18 % of total emissions and lead to savings of 268,130 pounds of CO2. Secondly, if all the 15 nos. of 60 watt incandescent light bulbs in use are replaced by 13 watt energy saver lights, then there will be a reduction of 1036 pounds of CO2 every year. This also results in savings of $ 90 per annum. Savings in terms of dollar may not be much, but the amount of CO2 that is reduced is worth considering this action. 4. Does reducing the size of your ecological footprint necessarily mean reducing your quality of life? Why or why not? Are there ways of enhancing your quality of life while lowering your environmental impact? Answer = Reducing the size of the ecological footprint does not result in reducing the quality of life. On the contrary, one would feel happy that he has been able to help in saving the environment. Sacrificing a little bit of comforts by choice would help the nation in achieving its mission of achieving using less and less of traditional use of resources which are creating havoc with the environment. Moreover, this would also convey a lesson to fellow countrymen to take similar action and thus help in reducing the carbon footprint. Enhancing quality of life is just a perception. By reducing use of conventional incandescent lamps, or by using smaller sized automobiles does not reduce our prestige or reputation. On the contrary, this would make other also follow our actions. References Any sources utilized in your question answers should be listed here. Dodds W.K.2013) Humanity's Footprint: Momentum, Impact, and Our Global Environment Columbia University Press Penna A.N. (2010) The Human Footprint: A Global Environmental History John Wiley & Sons