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Resources categorized as Subject: Consumerism

Adbusters

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on August 26, 2012 | Filed under Activism, Consumerism, Media & Culture, Media Literacy, Politics & Democracy, Resources

Find innovative ideas for challenging the commercialized and corporatized world, from cutting edge news and commentary to creative campaigns and  spoof ads. There is also an Adbusters magazine. More

AdMongo.gov

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on August 29, 2012 | Filed under Consumerism, Media Literacy, Online Games, Resources

This game, which is part of a media literacy campaign by the Federal Trade Commission, encourages tweens to complete missions and capture coins in order to improve their critical thinking skills regarding advertising. More

Affluenza

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on August 22, 2012 | Filed under Citizenship & Community, Consumerism, Media & Culture, Psychology, Resources, Websites

From the PBS program, a website focusing on the concept of affluenza (an unsustainable addiction to stuff and endless growth) with a diagnostic self-test, ”treatment” resources, and suggestions for escape. More

Affluenza

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on September 10, 2012 | Filed under Citizenship & Community, Consumerism, Media & Culture, Resources, Videos/Movies

Got the urge to buy, buy, buy? You might have affluenza, an addiction to materialism and consuming everything that might remotely make you happy…but doesn’t. Affluenza (56 min) is a PBS special that explores the… More

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Affluenza: The All-Consuming Epidemic

by John De Graaf, Dave Wann and Thomas H. Naylor

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on June 20, 2012 | Filed under Books, Consumerism, Media & Culture, Resources

Looks at the epidemic of overconsumption that has swept the U.S. and other parts of the world, how we came to be obsessed with acquiring stuff at almost any cost, and suggestions for treating our… More

An Ocean of Plastic

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on October 6, 2013 | Filed under Citizenship & Community, Consumerism, Elementary, Environmental Protection, Humane Living, Language Arts, Lesson Plans/Activities, Resources, Science, Social Studies/History

Using the five gyres of plastic pollution as a springboard, this activity encourages participants to explore the issues surrounding trash in our oceans and to develop solutions. Recommended for grades 3-5 Time: 3 to 4… More

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Ants in Your Pants, Worms in Your Plants! (Gilbert Goes Green)

by Diane deGroat

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on March 19, 2014 | Filed under Books, Children's Books, Citizenship & Community, Consumerism, Early Childhood, Education, Elementary, Environmental Protection, Language Arts, Resources, Science

Gilbert is stuck on what to do for his Earth Day project. Everyone else seems to have taken all the good ideas — from energy conservation to alternative transportation. And then he finds a terrific… More

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Bag It

by Suzane Beraza

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on September 8, 2013 | Filed under Activism, Citizenship & Community, Consumerism, Environmental Protection, Health, Humane Living, Language Arts, Media & Culture, Resources, Science, Social Studies/History, Videos/Movies

Average U.S.-guy Jeb Berrier started thinking about plastic one day when he got a plastic bag for a single container of yogurt he bought. A few minutes later, yogurt container, spoon, and bag were all… More

Behind the Scenes

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on October 11, 2012 | Filed under Consumerism, High School, Language Arts, Lesson Plans/Activities, Middle School, Resources, Science, Social Studies/History

Participants explore the hidden lives of their everyday stuff by investigating how ordinary products come into existence & who/what has been helped or harmed in the creation & distribution of that product. Recommended for grades… More

Black Gold

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on September 11, 2012 | Filed under Business & Social Entrepreneurship, Consumerism, Human Rights, Politics & Democracy, Resources, Videos/Movies

Black Gold (78 min) is an eye-opening expose of the multi-billion dollar coffee industry, and the injustice hidden behind every cup. More