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English Research Links

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 over consumption: 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 – What is an eco-city? Learn about them with: Link 13 L2 and read the first two pages of the following link to find out more: Link 14 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


Stakeholder Links

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


Current Events

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 

Liens de Recherche en Français

Ces liens informeront vos Questions de Recherche et vos Réflexions Critiques 

INT - Notre surconsommation a des conséquences environnementales et de justice sociale. Ce lien explore les raisons de notre surconsommation. Lien 1

CAN – Découvrez les conséquences de la surconsommation! L1 Lien 2

CAN – Qu’est-ce qu’un atelier de misère? L1 Lien 3


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