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Slavery Footprint

November 9th, 2011 · 2 Comments

Slavery Footprint is a visually engaging survey that roughly determines how many slaves were involved in producing the goods we consume. It’s similar to carbon footprint calculators in terms of the questions it asks, asking about your home, electronics, diet, clothing and so on. On several of the questions, it allows you to really delve into detailed answers if you want, but it doesn’t require this. As you go through the survey, facts on slavery / bonded labor are given. The real information comes at the end, though. You are presented with a map that shows the regions whose slaves your specific lifestyle is most likely to involve. Clicking on each of these areas reveals a short summary of the particular industries in that area that rely on slave labor.

I think this is an effective way to get students to look at the ramifications of their consumption, and it also serves as a powerful reminder that slavery is not a thing of the past. I would absolutely use this in class, perhaps following it up with a reflective writing assignment.

Thanks Larry

Tags: blog · child labor · consumerism · fair trade · global issues activities · human rights · poverty & wealth · reading · statistics · visual prompts

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2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Alan Tait // Nov 10, 2011 at 9:38 am

    Hi Dave.

    This post sounds great, but the link is dead for me on Firefox.

    Cheers,

  • 2 Dave // Nov 10, 2011 at 10:56 am

    Whoops, thanks Alan!

    You’d think after all these years that I’d remember the http. It should work now.

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