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Personal Consumption (Earth Matters Unit)


Downloadable unit from the Earth Matters curriculum CD. Purchase now and immediately receive the unit as a PDF.

Background Reading: An All Consuming Challenge

What is an ecological footprint and what are the impacts of using (and disposing of) so much stuff? Read about how personal consumption decisions affect our environment and society.

Case Study Reading: A Lighter Tread: Simpler Than You’d Think

Many people are working to reduce their ecological footprint through everyday lifestyle decisions.


Needs vs. Wants: Students evaluate their own needs and wants in a short activity and determine the resources that are required to fill them.

Watch Your Step: Students determine their ecological footprints by taking an online quiz and exploring why the footprint is an important measurement of their impact on the Earth’s resources.

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