Canada: 2a. Pre-Conference Nov 1- Interative Simulations

Environment   Oct 26, 2017 by Julia Chung

How do these simulations relate to your community? Do any of them feel irrelevant to your context?

*I wasn't able to play Climate Challenge due to technological issues, so I won't be talking about the second simulation. 

There wasn't a simulation that was irrelevant to our community in Edmonton. These simulations get me to wonder our community's footprint, and to compare it with mine. Using the Ecological Footprint Calculator, my ecological footprint is calculated to be 7.2 gha, and if everyone lived like me, we would need 4.2 Earths in order to survive. Edmonton's ecological footprint had been steadily increasing, and in 2016, it was measured to be 8.29 hectares per capita. According to the article in the link(https://transformingedmonton.ca/edmontonians-ecolo...), in 2014, Edmonton's ecological footprint exceeds the available capacity by 77%, which is an overwhelming amount. When I see that my ecological footprint has not much difference than those of Edmonton, it scares me. I definitely need to lessen my reckless consumption of resources and emission of carbon. For the Water Footprint Calculator, it is estimated to be roughly around 740 cubic metres a year, while the world’s average is roughly around 1243 cubic metres a year. I wouldn't say Edmonton suffers from serious water issues as it was named to be the most sustainable large Canadian city (https://www.edmonton.ca/city_government/initiative...), but that doesn't mean we can just waste water however we want. I shower very long, and I often hear from my parents that I'm wasting too much of water. I agree on this point, and I always try to shower within 20 minutes (20 minutes is actually long, too). Edmonton would be able to keep that title if they decreased their water usage. 

How do these simulations help you (or not help you) find your place in combating climate change?

Carbon is one of the greenhouse gases that causes climate change. If we can decrease the amount of carbon that is sent to the Earth's atmosphere, we can gradually make a change. Same goes for water. Water is cycled throughout Earth, and there can't be more water added to this cycle. What I meant was, the amount of water available in Earth is quite limited. If water is contaminated, such as due to fracking, these valuable source of life is gone to waste. These simulations, therefore, gave me awareness. My place in combating climate change is to decrease my carbon consumption and water usage. 

Have these simulations changed how you think climate change should be tackled?

It certainly raised awareness- "Have I used resource that much?" was what I thought immediately after I completed the two simulations. I feel that Edmontonians should try out these simulations at least once, so that they would acknowledge how much energy they are using, and what usage could be decreased. 


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