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    The carbon footprint left by people living in highly developed nations is astoundingly high. Some cultures, on the other hand, leave little, if any, carbon footprint. For instance, Nomadic cultures on many continents follow herds of migratory animals (e.g., the !Kung San of the Kalahari). Such people never settle permanently, and live off of the surrounding lands. Discuss how their sense of ownership and property, as well as economics and values, differ from yours. Could a thorough perception of their lifestyle play a key role in abating the profligate abuse of natural resources by us?

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    There is a documentary on exactly the same topic (I put the link in the attached file), which i highly encourage you to watch, it will change your view of nomadic life style and consequences of ruining nature both for the nomads and for us!

    Carbon footprint is a term that refers to green house gases (GHG) emission by an organization, a product or an individual. Although there are multiple green house gases, CO2 (Carbon dioxide) is often used as a reference for the entire GHG emission for simplicity of analysis and the fact that it is the most common GHG. Therefore, when calculating an individual's carbon footprint, one has to answer questions about events and lifestyle choices that cause CO2 emission. Understanding what these events and choices are will help us understand the fundamental differences between so called "modern citizens" and the "nomadic people" or people of different cultures that have a very small/no carbon footprint. The majority of CO2 emission by citizens of North America is caused by:
    - Household carbon footprint (such as electricity use, natural gas use, etc.)
    - Flight carbon footprint (Think of how many flights land in New York everyday!)
    - Motor vehicles carbon footprint (Cars, motor bikes, boats, buses, trains)
    - Diet (Organic food vs. mass produced food in a nice plastic wrap!)

    It should be immediately obvious that nomadic people do not emit CO2 in any of the 4 ways mentioned above. They are not settlers (i.e. they live in a tent) and so the first carbon footprint factor does not apply to them. They do not fly or use any motor vehicles for transportation. The walk and make use of ...

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