2a Canada: Northern Ecological Footprint

Environment   Oct 28, 2017 by Branda Le

Living in Northern Canada, the use of natural resources such as water and oil/gas, whether it be directly or indirectly, is significantly higher than other regions in Canada. Not a lot of food can be grown in the north due to the cold climate, so a majority of the food is transported and we have to heat our building for most of the year. Cities and communities in the north currently rely heavily on a diesel power plant due to low water levels that can no longer sustain our hydroelectric power plant. After entering in our information on carbon footprint, the three of us emitted 16.2, 18.5, and 12.9 tonnes of CO2 produced, respectively. Reflecting on these results, the high emissions were expected, but still surprising to see in terms of numbers and figures. Knowing that, there are definitely certain things that can be done individually to reduce one's carbon footprint, such as walking and biking more often and investing in a more fuel efficient vehicle. I think the results have made us more aware of areas we can improve on, but we still agree that it is difficult to make any significant changes due to our situation/the environment in which we live. despite the difficulties we would have addressing the issues directly, the simulations were still helpful in that they were eye-opening, and a good reminder of the impact we have on the world around us, especially compared to other regions. 

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Sarah Flynn
Nov 5, 2017

Great post! Totally enjoyed reading your perspective on the simulation!

I agree, in areas of Canada where the weather ranges more to the extreme, identifying the capacity to make large changes is difficult ~ even in Edmonton, biking with my little dude to school everyday is only possible/realistic for so many months of the year. As you mentioned, perhaps hybrid and other low emission vehicles are a good alternative. What is the general conversation like in your city around hybrid vehicles? Are they outrageously expensive? Do your families consider them a viable alternative? 

I can't wait to hear more! Thanks for posting!!

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