Something that I have been interested in learning more about has been about Environment. I remember my Math Teacher talking about it during his math class, but I didn't have a good explanation on what he really meant. Lately, the issue had caught my eye again. I know that many people feel that why is the environment important to the world and us? From what I have heard many scientist say that we need to have the environment clean. For example I hread that if we dont keep the environment clean we are destryoing ourselves. Now that's what I have heard, it may or may not be true.
On thing that I know for sure about Environment is that it's what we live in and we need to make the best of it. Now I've studied my share of Biology and I believe that the Environment is caused by the smokes and other stuff that damages the world. Personally that's what I know and it may sound kind of funny but hey that's what ever one says.
The most important about this topic is that Environment is what it keeps us on this world. An important quote that I believe that is given alot of information is where it says: Be the change you want to see in the world, said former UCL student Mahatma Gandhi – and staff at the UCL Environment Institute are acting on his advice.Staff calculated the carbon footprint of their work-related travel as part of an ongoing attempt to reduce the institute’s impact on the environment.The study was based on the movements of a total of 12 staff and three PhD students during the 2007/08 academic year.The staff based their calculations on guidelines from the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA).They used the guidelines to calculate precisely how much carbon was emitted in the course of their work-related travel.
According to the article ::
- The total carbon dioxide emissions for staff in 2007/08 amounted to 29.64 tonnes as a result of 231,700 kilometres of travel – an average of 2.5 tonnes per person.
- Of the total emissions, about 23 tonnes (77%) were the result of air travel and 5.5 tonnes (18%) were the result of train travel.
- Travel to ‘one-off’ events far outweighed commuting travel in terms of carbon dioxide emissions, amounting to 81% of the total.
- Flights were by far the most significant source of carbon dioxide emissions for these ‘one-off’ journeys – in fact, 77% of total emissions were attributed to air travel alone.
- The distance covered by aircraft was only 55% of the total, illustrating the higher carbon cost of flying, and these emissions are even more significant because releasing carbon dioxide at altitude has a greater impact on the climate.