Ethical Consumerism

Ethical Consumerism Global Issues Guide

When we buy things, how can we do so in ways that do the most good and least harm? Use resources and articles/essays like these to help you think about what you buy and to find products and companies working to be a bit more ethical.

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Magazine Scheme: Are We Here?

Students explore articles, images, and ads in magazines targeted to teen girls to explore messages about women and girls and the effect of those messages on young women and men. (The activity can also be modified to explore appropriate men’s magazines and messages about men and boys.) Recommended for grades 7-12. Time: 2 class periods…

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Resources: Earth Court

Earth Court

The biggest issues and challenges of our time go on trial as students serve as prosecution, defense and jury, and then develop a solutions-based sentencing. Recommended for grades 9 and up. Time: Varies   Common Core Standards for this activity (pdf): Download Common Core for grades 9-12.   Find out how some of our other…

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What Price Beauty?

This activity encourages students to explore and think critically about the impacts of the ingredients in the personal care products that they use on themselves, other people, animals and the environment, as well as how branding and marketing play into our choices. Recommended for grades 8 and up. Time: A few days to several weeks…

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Resources: What do we need?

What Do We Need?

What do humans need to be happy and fulfilled? What are our highest needs? What happens when our needs don’t get met? This activity uses Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs as a springboard for exploring needs. Recommended for grades 9 and up. Time: 45-60 minutes   Common Core Standards for this activity (pdf): Download Common Core…

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Resources: Choices Cards

Choices Cards

Bottled or tap water? Fair trade or conventional? Sport hunting or taking photos? Participants consider pairs of related behaviors and products and contemplate which choices do the most good and least harm for people, animals, and the earth. Recommended for grades 5 and up. Time: 10-45 minutes   Common Core Standards for this activity (pdf):…

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