How do you intend to reduce your individual ecological footprint?

Being brought up in a first world country has allowed me to have easy access to necessities. However with this, I actually consume a lot of different types of food per day and use a lot electricity thus leading to me having a large ecological footprint. A lot of the aspects that contribute to my large ecological footprint are things that I take for granted such as air conditioning, cars and meats. Using a website, I have calculated that if everyone on this planet lived like me, then we would consume all of the worlds resources by February 2018.

Some ways that I can reduce my ecological footprint would be to consume less meat based products, take shorter showers, use public transport, reduce usage of air conditioning and turn of plugs that I have finished using. Out of all of these goals, I can say that I have accomplished three of them (reduce usage of air conditioning, take shorter showers, use public transport). For me, I normally use fan’s during the day and I only turn the Air Conditioning on when I’m about to go to bed. I also try to take as little time as possible to shower (5-7 minutes). Finally, I take public transport is my most commonly used mode of transport, when I go out with friends or come home from school, I take the MRT or bus.

However, I do consume a lot of meat, especially beef and cows are one of the largest contributors to the ecological footprint. Cows require large amounts of land to eat, not only that but they release large amounts of methane which then contributes to a large carbon footprint. I should be more aware of the things that I eat. Finally, I need to try to reduce wastage of electricity as I sometimes leave plugs on overnight or charge my electronic devices overnight. This wastes a lot of electricity which then leads to more electricity that needs to be produced which then causes more carbon emissions thus leading to a huge impact on our planet.

Rock Climbing Advanced

Rock Climbing is an activity that I really enjoy as it allows me to challenge myself as well as work with my peers. In this activity, I have to collaborate with my friends, the way that I do this would be when we top-rope climb and boulder. The importance of collaboration during a top-rope climb would be that we need to constantly communicate with one another to ensure the safety of both the climber and the belayer. Not only that but the belayer can help to look for holds, grips or volumes that are available for the climber to use that he/she may not be able to see. It is similar for bouldering too, even though for bouldering, you are really near to the ground, it is still important to keep communication with your peer as he/she can help you by telling you what holds you have available as well as how you might be able to tackle an area that you are struggling with.

Collaborating with my peers made climbing a lot easier as well as enjoyable. Being able to work with your friends and challenge each other is what gives me the motivation to challenge myself on harder climbing routes. Along the way, there have been many challenges, challenges for people are different e.g the hardest one for me would be finding the stamina to continue doing different boulder climbs. Bouldering requires a lot of skill and management of your center of gravity to help you use less energy while you climb. Normally after completing 3 different routes, I can clearly feel that a lot of my energy had been drained. So something that I need to work on would be by building up stamina and managing my energy use more effectively.

Climbing certification that I got outside of school:

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