Campus Sustainability Office

Consumption

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Consumption, the broad sense of the term, is something that all species practice. We consume resources to survive and as humans we consume goods and services to enhance our standard of living. A more narrow definition examines the worldwide over-consumption of resources. Our current model encourages perpetual global growth and calls this 'success'. Growth is measured in the available funds of the middle and upper classes and how well those are leveraged to increase production, sales, and profits. We rarely measure growth by quantifying the negative effects -- externalities like degradation, depletion and exploitation of resources, including people.

 

The Story of Stuff is one of the most simplified and popular explanations of our consumer-based economic model, as well as the effects on our society. Visit http://storyofstuff.org/ for more info.

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