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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


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


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

Análisis de Anúncios

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on July 15, 2014 | Filed under College/Adult, Communication, Consumerism, Elementary, High School, Language Arts, Lesson Plans/Activities, Media & Culture, Media Literacy, Middle School, Psychology, Resources, Social Studies/History, Spanish

Estudiantes tienen que explorar como se afectan los anuncios a sus vidas y analizar lo que tratan vender o lo que tratan esconder. Recomendado para grados 5 y mayor Duración: 45-60 minutos Averigüe más sobre… More

Animals in Captivity and Entertainment Global Issues Guide

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on September 30, 2014 | Filed under Animal Protection, Consumerism, Environmental Protection, Global Issues Guides, Humane Living, Language Arts, Media & Culture, Resources, Science, Social Studies/History

Find books, articles, videos, lesson plans & more related to issues of animals in captivity in places such as zoos and circuses, and used for entertainment, to help you teach and/or learn more about this… 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