The Environmental Impacts of Consumerism
Students will examine consumerism both personally and globally as it impacts the environment, in an era where people are often considered consumers first and citizens second. Through recent writings, websites and examining personal habits, we will evaluate social, environmental and psychological impacts of consumerism and materialist values and compare them to cultures with alternative worldviews. We will test tools for analysis, consider ethical guidelines for personal and institutional choices, and review initiatives for how to move to a less consumptive society.
Not Offered This Semester