Providing tools and support to families, citizens, and activists to counter our consumerist culture and to create new social norms about how to have a high quality of life and a reduced ecological footprint.
Resources for Educators
A variety of resources are aimed at helping educators teach young people about consumer, resource, and sustainability issues. The Center for Ecoliteracy is working to redirect school curricula so that sustainability is at the front and center, through their "Schooling for Sustainability" project. Also, check out the following publications:
"I Buy Different" and the Smart Consumers Guide
New Dream has developed a series of educational materials called "I Buy Different" designed to help young people understand their purchasing power and what they can do to reduce their environmental impact. These materials include a 37-page guide containing resources to help teachers and their students take on a group action project, as well as the resource book, Smart Consumers: An Educator's Guide to Exploring Consumer Issues and the Environment. This joint publication by WWF and New Dream offers 300+ pages of lesson plans, activities, and information to help you discuss responsible consumption with your class.
The full range of "I Buy Different" materials is currently in the process of being transferred to this website. Please check back, or feel free to contact us if you have specific questions about their availability.
- Get Real: What Kind of World Are You Buying? by Mara Rockliff. This frank, teen-friendly manifesto reveals what young people are really buying when they spend money on a burger, a cheap t-shirt, or a cell phone—and points the way to better choices, both for people and the planet.
- "Media Literacy, Citizenship, and Sustainability" by Robin Andersen and Pamela Miller, in Worldwatch Institute's State of the World 2010