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We the People, and the Republic we must Reclaim

April 24th, 2013 · No Comments

Over the past several election cycles, I’ve become convinced that the only issue that truly matters is getting the money out of politics. Until we do that, no meaningful change is possible. Lawrence Lessig’s recent TED talk expresses this problem in clear and engaging terms. This talk would be difficult for most students, but it […]

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Tags: blog · finance · global issues activities · listening · politics · statistics · video

Imagine All the Water

July 13th, 2012 · No Comments

Imagine All the Water offers a bunch of information on indirect water use. In other words, it addresses the issue of how much water is consumed in producing various foods and industrial products. The site features many short readings and a short video. The readings are fairly dry, but the video is funny, and the […]

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Tags: blog · global issues activities · reading · statistics · the environment · vegetarian / vegan · video · visual prompts · water

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 […]

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

Youth Xchange: Training Kit on Responsible Consumption

October 24th, 2011 · No Comments

Youth Xchange is produced by UNEP and UNESCO, and it has links to loads of educational resources aimed at young people. Topics include the environment, consumption, body image, nutrition, and much, much more. I haven’t nearly explored it all, but there is a lot of good stuff here. It is mostly profiles of people and […]

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Tags: blog · climate change · consumerism · cultural issues · food and hunger · global issues resources · health · k-12 · poverty & wealth · statistics

Business Insider: A Ton of Charts and Graphs on Wealth Inequality

October 20th, 2011 · 1 Comment

Business Insider has a page that features a ton of different charts and graphs on wealth inequality. It would work great in conjunction with an activity on Occupy Wall Street. The graphs start off showing how unemployment is at an all-time high (since 1940), then they look at CEO pay and corporate profits. The graph […]

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Tags: blog · consumerism · finance · financial crisis (2008) · global issues activities · poverty & wealth · statistics · visual prompts


September 27th, 2011 · 1 Comment

Spent is an educational game that attempts to give users the experience of living on the edge of poverty. You make a series of choices, trying to keep your head above water financially. It is text-based, providing lots of reading opportunities with plenty of life-skills-related vocabulary. I particularly like how they demonstrate that financial pressures […]

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Tags: blog · consumerism · financial crisis (2008) · food and hunger · global issues activities · health · poverty & wealth · reading · statistics · teaching with games · video games

Center for the Advancement of Steady State Economy

September 7th, 2011 · No Comments

One of the fundamental problems with capitalism as it is currently practiced in many countries around the world is that it relies on continual growth. Obviously, this is not sustainable. The Center for the Advancement of Steady State Economy (CASSE) is an organization that seeks to explore the true costs of growth-based economics, as well […]

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Tags: audio · blog · climate change · consumerism · fair trade · finance · global issues resources · politics · poverty & wealth · reading · slideshow · statistics · the environment · video · visual prompts

Pedaling away from the health care crisis

March 31st, 2011 · 2 Comments

A friend just sent me this article in Grist about how cycling can help in America’s health care crisis. One paragraph in particular caught my attention: A recent analysis of the health savings resulting from the bicycle infrastructure in Portland, Ore, came up with stunning results. If the city builds out only the infrastructure it […]

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Tags: blog · climate change · global issues activities · health · reading · statistics · the environment

It’s the Inequality, Stupid

February 28th, 2011 · 3 Comments

Mother Jones has put together a collection of 11 great infographics that look at the distribution of wealth in American from a number of different angles. I particularly like the one headed “Out of Balance” (included here) that compares perceptions, reality and preference. It is really incredible, with the concentration of wealth and power in […]

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Tags: blog · finance · infographics · politics · poverty & wealth · statistics · visual prompts

Buy, Use, Toss – Free 10 Lesson Unit from Facing the Future

September 2nd, 2010 · 1 Comment

Facing the Future is offering Buy, Use, Toss, a 10 lesson unit on consumption, for free download. It looks very good, and features some old favorites like The Story of Stuff and Chris Jordan. It’s aimed at grades 9-12, and seems like it would be perfect for adult ESL learners. The lessons ask students to […]

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Tags: blog · consumerism · fair trade · global issues activities · k-12 · lesson plans · pictures · poverty & wealth · reading · statistics · the environment · video · visual prompts