The following links are organized by relevant Research Question. They are also labelled as either Canadian (CAN), International (INT), American (US), or British Columbian (BC). The links are labelled into Level 1 or Level 2, where Level 2 links are slightly more complex and give more insight into the topic.
The Library of Links contains:
- Research Links
- Helpful Optional Links
- Stakeholder Links
- Current Events
- Report or Suggest a Link
- Works Cited
These links will inform your Research Questions and Critical Thinking Questions.
Q3.1 INT – Life wasn’t always like this and a historic context shows us how things are changing: Link 1 (10:00) L1
US – The rise of American consumerism gained significant traction after World War II, read why here: Link 2 L1
INT – That $8 shirt you impulsively bought the other day is bad for the environment and here are some solutions to get around it: Link 3 (3:38) L1
INT – A large portion of the clothing we purchase is made from cotton. Let’s look at the impacts on the human and environmental communities that are producing this cotton: Link 4 (1:56) L1
INT – The Story of Stuff walks us through why we consume stuff, how we consume stuff, and how we get rid of our stuff: Link 5 (6:35 - end at 16:46) L1
INT – This website breaks down the environmental and social consequences of overconsumption: Link 6 L1
Q3.2 INT – A lot of the products we use aren’t made anywhere near where we live and are made by people who we have never met. Sometimes these products aren’t made under legal labour conditions. Learn 11 facts about sweatshops here: Link 7 L1
INT – Find out more about sweatshops here: Link 8 L1
Q3.3 INT – See what Kate Lawrence has to say on the media’s effect on overconsumption: Link 9 L1
INT – Does consuming more make us happier? Link 10 L1
Q3.4 INT – Find out more about our current economic system and some of its pros and cons! Link 11 L1
INT – What are alternatives? Check out Norway’s economic system as an alternative to ours: Link 12 L2
INT – Check out how we can achieve a sustainable society without excessive growth: Link 15 L2
Helpful Optional Links
INT-US – Did you know…? source: Link 16 L1
INT – Fight Everything! This quick video gives an overview into consumerism: Link 17 (1:17) L1
INT – This video highlights the sheer amount of clothes that we dispose of (and the associated impacts): Link 18 (3:18) L2
INT – Electronics such as phones actually have a fairly large impact as well: Link 19 L2
CAN - Free Geek is a local nonprofit community organization that reduces the environmental impact of waste electronics by reusing and recycling donated technology. Check them out, get your electronics there, or consider volunteering with them! Link 20 L1
INT – Consumerism proves to be an unsustainable culture, misplacing millions of indigenous populations all over the world: Stakeholder 1 L1
CAN – As globalized patterns of consumerism continue to grow our ecological footprint, the way First Nations and Inuit relate to their land, their cultures, their needs, and their societies are changing. Stakeholder 2 L1
INT – 2018 March 26 - RTE News - “The High Cost of Fast Fashion” Fast fashion brings catwalk styles quickly and cheaply to the High Street, but it's a process which comes at a huge human and social cost: Event 1
INT-US – 2018 April 5 – LA Times - “H&M's woes mean fast fashion is getting worse, not better” with fast fashion retailers like H&M closing more stores than ever before, modern consumers are beginning to consider minimalism in the face of consumerism: Event 2
INT- 2017 March 28th - ABCNEWS - In some parts of China and India, farmers are predicting what next fashion trends will be present due to colours from river run-off of the textile industry: Event 3
INT – 2015 May 13th - DW - “Report highlights growing global e-waste problem” E-waste is a global problem, this article highlights e-waste producers, consequences and solutions: Event 4
CAN – 2015 April 19th - CBC News - “E-waste worst offenders include US, China says UN report” A report from the UN highlights some of the worst E-waste offenders and what this means for the global problem: Event 5
INT – 2015 April 9th - Business Cheat-Sheet - “Is Ethical Consumerism Dead?” Ethical consumerism is a practice of conscious purchasing and knowing the processes, ingredients and people behind what you are buying. This article explores how this idea is changing (and shaping) business: Event 6
INT – 2015 January 15th - The Telegraph - “In defense of rampant consumerism” This article provides an alternative view, defending consumerism as a driver of the economy and a symbol of progress: Event 7
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Be The Change Earth Alliance has archived all Research, Local Activity, and Stakeholder links to ensure students will always have access to the required articles to complete their Action Pack. These links were retrieved as of February 25th, 2019. These links may not reflect the current state of the website. If you see your website on our citations list and would like us to take it down, please contact us immediately at email@example.com.
Akers, Keith. (October 4, 2015). “Kate Lawrence on media overconsumption” Youtube. January 23, 2019. Web. Retrieved from https://archive.org/details/Youtube.comwatchvSdcyMwvwVRo.
(April 22, 2009). “The Story of Stuff” Youtube. January 23, 2019. Web. Retrieved from https://archive.org/details/Youtube.comwatchv9GorqroigqMt10m11s.
(August 20, 2007). “Cotton - Environmental Disaster & Lethal Pesticides” Youtube. January 23, 2019. Web. Retrieved from https://archive.org/details/Httpswww.youtube.comwatchvnlSQevNPBd4nohtml5False.
Becker, Sam. (April 9, 2015). “Is Ethical Consumerism Dead?” The Cheat Sheet. January 23, 2019. Web. Retrieved from https://web.archive.org/web/20190123172112/https://www.cheatsheet.com/money-career/is-ethical-consumerism-dead.html/?a=viewall.
“Children, Adolescents, and Advertising” American Academy of Pediatrics. January 23, 2019. Web. Retrieved from https://web.archive.org/web/20190118131358/http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/118/6/2563.full.
“Ecological cities as economic cities” ECO2 Cities. January 23, 2019. Web. Retrieved from https://web.archive.org/web/20180128015057/http://siteresources.worldbank.org/INTURBANDEVELOPMENT/Resources/336387-1270074782769/Eco2Cities_synopsis.pdf.
“Feminists Against Sweatshops” Feminist Majority Foundation. January 23, 2019. Web. Retrieved from https://web.archive.org/web/20180429130951/http://www.feminist.org/other/sweatshops/sweatfaq.html.
Johnson, Allan. (2016). “If Not Capitalism, What?” agjohnson. January 23, 2019. Web. Retrieved from https://web.archive.org/web/20180221083612/http://www.agjohnson.us/glad/if-not-capitalism-what/.
(January 6, 2015). “List of Pros and Cons of Capitalism” Occupy Theory. January 23, 2019. Web. Retrieved from https://web.archive.org/web/20161205182631/http://occupytheory.org:80/list-of-pros-and-cons-of-capitalism/.
Johnson, Howard. (February 27, 2009). “Throwaway fashion” January 23, 2019. Web. Retrieved from https://archive.org/details/Youtube.comwatchvapWc-uZS1oQ_201902.
(July 14, 2017). “Freek Geek Vancouver” Freek Geek. January 23, 2019. Web. Retrieved from https://archive.org/details/FreeGeekVancouver1.
Chan, Amanda. (October 22, 2014). “Why More Things Don't Make Us Happier” Huffpost. January 23, 2019. Web. Retrieved from https://web.archive.org/web/20190123003637/https://www.huffingtonpost.ca/entry/materialism-happiness-gratitude_us_5065187.
Cline, Elizabeth. (April 5, 2018). “H&M's woes mean fast fashion is getting worse, not better” Los Angeles Times. January 23, 2019. Web. Retrieved from https://web.archive.org/web/20180416161515/https://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-cline-hm-fast-fashion-20180405-story.html.
(March 28, 2017). “Fast fashion: Rivers turning blue and 500,000 tonnes in landfills” ABC News. January 23, 2019. Web. Retrieved from https://web.archive.org/web/20181031044726/https://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-03-28/the-price-of-fast-fashion-rivers-turn-blue-tonnes-in-landfill/8389156.
(March 1, 2016). “Why your $8 shirt is a huge problem” Grist. January 23, 2019. Web. Retrieved from https://archive.org/details/WhyYour8ShirtIsAHugeProblem.
Martin, Nicolas. (May 13, 2015). “Report highlights growing global e-waste problem” Duetsche Welle. January 23, 2019. Web. Retrieved from https://web.archive.org/web/20170205191104/https://www.dw.com/en/report-highlights-growing-global-e-waste-problem/a-18448012.
McAlpine, Alacoque. (March 26, 2018). “The high cost of fast fashion” RTE. January 23, 2019. Web. Retrieved from https://web.archive.org/web/20180424182950/https://www.rte.ie/eile/brainstorm/2018/0321/948976-the-high-cost-of-fast-fashion/.
“Mobile Phones” Ethical Consumer. January 23, 2019. Web. Retrieved from https://web.archive.org/web/20181125153914/https://www.ethicalconsumer.org/technology/shopping-guide/mobile-phones.
(November 18, 2007). “Big Ideas That Change The World- Consumerism (1/4)” Youtube. January 23, 2019. Web. Retrieved from https://archive.org/details/Youtube.comwatchvPZ29DQvopZofeatureyoutu.be.
(October 1, 2014). “Life in a 'degrowth' economy, and why you might actually enjoy it” The Conversation. January 23, 2019. Web. Retrieved from https://web.archive.org/web/20190119144029/http://theconversation.com/life-in-a-degrowth-economy-and-why-you-might-actually-enjoy-it-32224.
“Over-Consumption” World Centric. January 23, 2019. Web. Retrieved from https://web.archive.org/web/20190112204423/http://www.worldcentric.org/conscious-living/increasing-consumption.
Rattle, Robert. (2013). “Aboriginal Health and Well-Being: The Paradox of Globalization” Thompson Educational. January 23, 2019. Web. Retrieved from https://web.archive.org/web/20190123170501/http://apr.thompsonbooks.com/vols/APR_Vol_9Ch8.pdf.
Reuters, Thomson. (April 19, 2015). “E-waste worst offenders include U.S., China, says UN report” CBC News. January 23, 2019. Web. Retrieved from https://web.archive.org/web/20180324211720/https://www.cbc.ca/news/world/e-waste-worst-offenders-include-u-s-china-says-un-report-1.3039416.
(September 5, 2006). “Fight Everything” Youtube. January 23, 2019. Web. Retrieved from https://archive.org/details/Youtube.comwatchvfw6J3waKgtYfeatureyoutu.be.
Taber, Jay. (June 8, 2014). “The Curse of Consumerism” Intercontinental Cry. January 23, 2019. Web. Retrieved from https://web.archive.org/web/20140626161710/https://intercontinentalcry.org/curse-consumerism/.
“The Rise of American Consumerism” American Experience. January 23, 2019. Web. Retrieved from https://web.archive.org/web/20181123111207/http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/features/tupperware-consumer/.
“What Is An Ecocity?” Ecocity Builder. January 23, 2019. Web. Retrieved from https://web.archive.org/web/20181214070022/https://ecocitybuilders.org/what-is-an-ecocity/.
“11 FACTS ABOUT SWEATSHOPS” DoSomething.org. January 23, 2019. Web. Retrieved from https://web.archive.org/web/20190108195655/https://www.dosomething.org/us/facts/11-facts-about-sweatshops.