Landscapes of Change – peer C02 Usage Analysis

Participants in Landscapes of Change provided CO2 usage data. Eight of the 34 participants (23%) provided data specific enough for comparison, in effect describing the tons of C02 estimated to sustain their current lifestyles.

The original samples, in tons of c02 per year, are

  • 12.0
  • 30.0
  • 14.0
  • 16.0
  • 26.0
  • 8.4
  • 13.6
  • 24.0

With so few observations, it is difficult to determine any statistically significant patterns.

Following are some basic general statistics, as I learn how to use R Studio.

  • The sample average is 18 tons per year.
  • The group standard deviation is 7.7, meaning 68% of the participants use between 10.3 and 25.7 tons of c02 per year.
  • The histogram does not seem to follow a normal distribution.

C02 Usage for the Landscapes of Change program

Emerging Process: Additional Regional Organizations

Today I continued independently researching organizations for the Changing Climate Change Portal. I had several insights, with the help of my friend Susan, regarding community initiatives towards localization and efficient community development.

Localization, e.g. local food production and distribution, has an effect on our global carbon levels as less petroleum is necessary in the distribution of food. Additionally, many local farms are promoting organic and/or permaculture techniques that may be far less detrimental to the planet than large scale, petroleum dependent, industrial agricultural systems.

I also found several organizations promoting sustainable development of both dwellings and general community spaces. We can greatly reduce our carbon consumption, and increase our quality of living, by designing our homes and communities to promote resource sharing, proximity, efficiency,  and equality.

Emerging Process: Early Research Phase

Today we met at the Computer Applications Lab to continue researching organizations for the Changing Climate Change Portal. Tucker, Otto, and I refined the category of research where we are working, “Forest conservation and agriculture soils”.

We realized that there are aspects of conservation that are specific to watersheds, and the general bioregion. We extended the scope of our research slightly, as the watershed and bioregion conservation organizations are also working to reduce our global carbon levels.

After the research session, the three of us went to Downtown Olympia to have some pizza and hang out on a chilly Friday night!

EPA Carbon Footprint Calculator

I filled out the EPA Carbon Footprint Calculator, and was interested to learn different strategies to reduce my annual household carbon output. The process of filling out the fields doesn’t take very long, although some of the questions are a bit difficult to answer. The calculator is flexible with many answers, allowing different values to be entered (e.g. dollars spent, or kilowatt hours used). Midway through the process, the calculator offers several suggestions on how you can commit to a lower CO2 footprint, including calculating the CO2 savings.

At the end of the process, my results were:

Current Household Emissions: 3,816

Reduced Emissions Pledge: 2,673

West bay, logging barge heads towards Port of Olympia

As I walked along the West Bay, I noticed a large vessel being towed by two smaller boats. I observed the boats maneuvering the  large barge for some time. The ship’s name was Global Wisdom, and it was bound for the Port of Olympia.

Piles of logs were stacked along the waterfront at the Port of Olympia. I recorded a few videos which can be viewed on the Internet Archive.

Emerging Process: Team

Today, in Landscapes of Change, we selected our team for the collaborative research project, along with a team name.

Our team, Emerging Process, consists of four members.

  • Tucker Armstrong
  • Nathan Blanchard
  • Otto Kildegaard
  • Brylie Oxley

Our researching topics are agriculture and forestry. We will look for regional organizations that are active in those areas.

Renewing hope each day

If we run out of hope at the end of the day, we’ll rise in the morning and put it on again with our shoes. –Barbara Kingslover

The sun sets and gives us time to regenerate our energy. By the dim light of the stars, our body and mind can relax. Although the struggle to better the world seems insurmountably difficult, and at times woefully impossible, we can, each day, renew our fortitude with the slender rays of the rising sun.

Putting on our shoes is a simple act of preparedness, a necessity of our morning routine. With muscle memory, we tighten and tie our laces. Often our mind is halfway out the door already.