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Personal Consumption (Earth Matters unit)



This product is an individual unit from the high school curriculum Earth Matters. Purchase the unit now and you’ll immediately receive the unit as a PDF. Scroll down to see the list lessons plans and readings included in the unit.

Note: If you’re planning to purchase Earth Matters or have already done so, you don’t need to purchase this unit as it is included within the larger Earth Matters curriculum.

Other Earth Matters units include: Air Pollution, Biodiversity, Climate Change, Energy, Food and Hunger, Forests, Oceans, Population Dynamics, Public Health, Rich and Poor, Solid Waste, Urbanization, Water Resources, and The World’s Women.

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The following are included with the purchase of the 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.

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:

  • Cheap Threads, Costly Impacts: The Price of Fast Fashion – Examine how fast fashion (like H&M, Zara, Shein, etc.) impacts the environment and economy.