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1. What are the 3 everyday products and practices that contribute most to your environmental footprint?
  Services-36% I drive my own vehicle to work, errands, etc.
  Food- 26% I eat food that is not locally grown in my area
  Goods-18% I use a computer a lot to do personal stuff or school work

2. What impacts might result if everyone in the world enjoyed the same lifestyle? For example, what might the impacts be on:
    • Earth’s climate?   The earth would be tremendously ruined because everyone would be using fossil gas that we burn for our usage, and the fertilizer that farmers use on their farms to grow crops
    • The health of ecosystems and biodiversity?   A lot of animals will go instinct so we will have food storage. We will also have air and water pollution that will start diseases for us humans.
          Humanity’s natural resource base and thus economic security? If we have a shortage on natural resources, prices will go up and only some people will have them and others won’t because they won’t be able to afford it so they will either be homeless or living in poverty

3. Identify solutions to each of the 3 components of your environmental footprint that you listed in question 2. What are the savings of BOTH carbon emissions and money you can achieve via each solution?
  a. How much would this amount to if every household in America (roughly 100 million) did this?   Each person would 11,141 lbs of CO2 per year and save $416 a year
  b. If everybody did this, what might the impact on the health of our environment be?   For example, how might these collective actions benefit our air and water quality? The health of the world’s forests? Farmers wouldn’t be giving animals steroids or medicines to make them fatter and there would be less animals being killed for food
  c. How might these environmental improvements benefit human health and, in turn, our economy? It would benefit our human health because there has never...

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