Personal Consumption (Earth Matters unit)
Downloadable unit from the Earth Matters curriculum. Purchase now and immediately receive the unit as a PDF.
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:
The Sharing Economy: Is It Good for the Environment? – Examine how new ways of consuming (Air BnB, Uber, Freecycle, etc.) impact the environment.
Unit Lesson Plans:
Needs vs. Wants in a Finite World: Students discuss the varying levels of human needs and then evaluate their own needs and wants and the resources required to meet them.
Watch Your Step!: Students take an online ecological footprint quiz to determine their resource use and test how changes to their daily actions impact its size.