Canada: My Ecological Foorprint

Environment   Nov 3, 2017 by Kate

Climate change and pollution are the planet's most prominent issues. We see the results of our actions every single day. Whether it be smoke and pollution clouding the atmosphere, or trash littering all the shorelines of the world. We will always see the results of our actions, no matter how small or large they may be. Just in the last century, the global water level has been accelerating. 

In 2015, Canada released 722 mega tonnes of carbon dioxide gas emissions, and this is definitely a notable elevation. 

For more info visit Greenhouse Gas Emissions of Canada

In this assignment, we needed to calculate our own carbon footprint. This is calculated by asking a series of questions about how much meat we eat, how much we travel per week, and how energy efficient is our home, and so on. This simulation showed that people don't realize how much pollution we create. According to this simulation, I would need six earths if everyone in the world lived like I do. 

The thing is, we only have one planet. This planet is our home. If we pollute it and damage it to oblivion, it will be our fault. The blame will be on us as a whole. It's unavoidable. But, it doesn't have to be this way. 

My community is a small town, overlooking the Saint John River and the Bay of Fundy. Although our town is clean and fairly energy efficient, we still create pollution. Even if we don't know, we are contributing to climate change and water levels rising. 

Our town is right beside Saint John, which is an Industrial City. There's Irving refineries and the Pulp and Paper mill, which produces a lot of gaseous fuels being trapped in earth's atmosphere. 

This is a large issue going right on before our eyes. Every time we travel somewhere--whether it be in a car, bus, or plane--we are releasing gases, which are trapped in our atmosphere. This gas then prevents the heat from our sun to escape, rising the earth's temperatures fundamentally, 

These simulations show how we might fight against climate change. This is a large and troubling issue, which is difficult to fight. But, using the data gathered by these simulations, we now comprehend the harm we as a whole are causing. Maybe to start, we should just be cautious about this issue. We can begin using more energy-efficient tactics, for example gathering energy from solar panels, and windmills. Even electrical cars would decrease the carbon levels in our atmosphere. 

It's not just humans that are affected by this. All animals across the planet are fighting this battle. Especially marine animals. With the water levels rising and the temperature accelerating, lots of populations of marine animals are at risk. Coral is by far one of the most visible animals that humans are harming with the rise in ocean temperatures. It takes centuries for corals to build up, and only years for them to die. Coral reefs are dying all over the world. Without coral, whole ecosystems will perish, which will come back to affect us. 

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To find out more, check this article: Coral Reefs Could Be Gone In 30 Years

Even though it is still unclear on how we will fight this battle, we understand the harm we've been causing. Awareness is everything, in this case.  

This issue might not be solved in the next ten--or fifty--years, but at least we know where to start.  

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Sarah Flynn
Nov 6, 2017

Great post, Kate! I really enjoyed reading about your look at the broader context alongside your own carbon footprint. The supplemental readings and pictures provide some interesting framings of how you are approaching the issue of water life in the face of climate change. 

Have you had an opportunity to read blogs from students in other parts of the country? How do there perspectives align with your own? How do they differ? 

Again, great work! Can't wait to hear more!  

Nov 12, 2017

Thank you so much! Sorry I wasn't able to get to you sooner, I have been so busy this week. As you can see, I'm really passionate about this, and I want to help the oceans as much as I can, because they are my backyard. Here in New Brunswick, we're surrounded in all types of water. 

I will go ahead and read the other blogs of students because it will be really cool to see how they think about this issue. 

Thanks for reading my really long blog post! I really appreciate it! 

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