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How Much Did You Really Enjoy Your Last Snack?

Gregg McBride | Posted 06.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Gregg McBride

Yes, that's right, healthy snacking should be as enjoyable as the more decadent kind of snacking. But no matter which type you're doing, you really should be enjoying the whole experience and not eating like a vampire that's afraid of dawn's first light.

Labyrinth Of Plastic Waste Shows Just How Serious Our Consumption Problem Is

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 06.16.2014 | Arts

It's often difficult to visualize how our daily consumption habits play out on a grander scale, how every water bottle we discard contributes to a gro...

Individual Material Consumption, Guilt and the Crisis in Global Sustainability

Steven Cohen | Posted 06.16.2014 | Green
Steven Cohen

A key question as we make the long transition to a sustainable and renewable economy and culture is the role of individual responsibility and personal lifestyle. In the end, our individual behavior as "consumers" adds up to the crisis of sustainability, but the causes of this crisis are far from simple.

Sustainable Consumption and the Global Environmental Crisis

Steven Cohen | Posted 06.28.2014 | Green
Steven Cohen

The idea of reducing consumption is a popular idea with some in the environmental community, but on a world-wide basis has no real relevance.

10 Shocking Photos That Will Change How You See Consumption And Waste

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 03.29.2014 | Arts

As individual and anonymous consumers, it's seemingly impossible to even estimate the physical ramifications of our daily consumption and waste. While...

Students Are Now Competing Across Continents to Reduce the Most Emissions, and Waste, in Their Schools

Veronique Pittman | Posted 05.22.2014 | Green
Veronique Pittman

What began in 2003 in one school as a campus-wide energy conservation competition to raise awareness about energy consumption is now being used as a successful tool for schools and entire districts to meet strict energy savings targets.

The Fifth Force

Eldon Taylor | Posted 04.28.2014 | Healthy Living
Eldon Taylor

The journey of life is really about living into our authentic selves. The first big gotcha is to hide that fact from us, to enculturate us in ways that foster the interests of society as a whole or of an elite few, while organizing the rest of us to conform and thereby consume.

Face It: You Don't Care That Much About Water

George McGraw | Posted 04.21.2014 | Impact
George McGraw

Still, Americans use hundreds of gallons of water every day without thinking. (Especially in drought-stricken California.) I think that if we can learn to love our water, it just might save our lives. So I decided to give a talk about it.

Consuming Over the Horizon: Seeing Our Impact Can Help Us Make the Right Decisions

David Wilkie | Posted 02.18.2014 | Green
David Wilkie

By consciously situating ourselves in a larger, interconnected global community, where most trade is certified earth-friendly, we may begin to make choices about how we build, where we shop, and what we eat a little more carefully.

The Trade Elephant in the Climate Room

Carl Pope | Posted 04.16.2014 | Green
Carl Pope

By pretending that it is the countries where emissions occur which are the problem, rather than the consumers whose products require the pollution, both the EU and the United States have concealed their real failure to shift their economies to lower carbon consumption.

You Are What Your Friends Eat

Alison Spiegel | Posted 12.30.2013 | Healthy Living

Why do people eat the way they do? Food choices are based on many factors, and a new study in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics ex...

President Obama Puts Spotlight on Economic Inequality

Gary Reber | Posted 02.22.2014 | Politics
Gary Reber

Propertyless and under-capitalized Americans sense and experience that they are less secure with prospects for good incomes that they can rely on to support themselves and their families, but they feel helpless to do anything about their plight and continue to struggle on day by day, month by month.

Q&A With Paul Sabin: Dialogues on the Environment

Mark Tercek | Posted 02.10.2014 | Green
Mark Tercek

In this ongoing series, I talk with thought leaders about ideas and trends in the environmental movement. Next in the series is my conversation with...

Meet George Jetson -- and His Test Tube Turkey?

Stephanie Feldstein | Posted 01.25.2014 | Food
Stephanie Feldstein

With enough funding, science probably can bring us the meat paint and meat flowers cooked up by the minds of the Next Nature team. That test tube Thanksgiving turkey can't be too far off. Is it sustainable?

Iran Opens First Alcohol Rehab Center

Mehrnaz Samimi | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Mehrnaz Samimi

Alcohol consumption in Iran has not only brought about addiction, but has created an underground market for sellers and saghis.

Dear 7 Billionth Baby: Some Lessons on Your 2nd Birthday

Stephanie Feldstein | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Stephanie Feldstein

Today, 20,000 species of plants and animals are at risk of extinction. Who knows what animals will be gone by the time you're a grandparent, or even by the time you're three? Will polar bears still be around when you're a teenager?

Hurray, I Am Pregnant! Oh Wait, What About the Planet?

Frida Berrigan | Posted 11.14.2013 | Parents
Frida Berrigan

Our little where-will-the-baby-sleep quandary made me think about a much larger and more intractable problem: overpopulation and our family's small contribution to it. There are more than 7 billion people on Earth today, with another 375,000 born every day.

On the Difficulties of Buying our Way out of the Consumption Problem

Student Reporter | Posted 09.22.2013 | Impact
Student Reporter

By Mikell Hyman, PhD student at Erb Institute, University of Michigan Many new products promise to address consumption-related woes. Yet many of thes...

Caring Is the Future of Consumption

Axelle Tessandier | Posted 09.28.2013 | Impact
Axelle Tessandier

Millennials are driving change. Even if some of the big corporate players still hold the pole position, you can already feel a change in the way they communicate with us.

City Mouse vs. Country Mouse: Whose Carbon Footprint Is Bigger?

Peter Hanlon | Posted 09.17.2013 | Green
Peter Hanlon

City life can be stressful at times and expensive always, but at least you can take solace in having a small carbon footprint. Tiny apartments to heat and cool, no driving -- of course you're not using as many resources as your suburban and rural brethren! But a new study suggests that urbanites shouldn't be quite so smug.

Combatting Gluttony With Temperance - 7 Virtues + 7 Vices For Our Vets

Lisa Cypers Kamen, MA | Posted 09.07.2013 | Impact
Lisa Cypers Kamen, MA

In today's culture, capitalism drives our consumption machine. It's all instant gratification, all the time -- and that's when everything else in our life is smooth sailing. When a condition as complex and unnerving as PTSD enters the equation, it makes an overly abundant vice like overconsumption even more tempting.

Green Consumerism Is No Solution

American Anthropological Association | Posted 08.14.2013 | Green
American Anthropological Association

Those of us concerned with the real impacts of global consumer culture are stuck in the territory between cynicism and tokenism, trying to think more productively about the kinds of strategies that can make a symbolic and material difference.

Facing the Climate Crisis

Asoka Bandarage | Posted 07.31.2013 | Green
Asoka Bandarage

If we are seriously concerned about planetary survival, and thus human survival, we need to reflect more deeply on our uncritical internalization of dominant values and worldview.

How Green Should Economic Growth Be?

Marcelo Giugale | Posted 07.23.2013 | World
Marcelo Giugale

Well before one gets to extreme dilemmas, there is a lot that can be done -- based on common sense -- to make growth greener without making it slower. There are win-wins.

China: The Morphing Dragon

Otaviano Canuto | Posted 07.22.2013 | World
Otaviano Canuto

The Chinese economy has changed dramatically over the last three decades. This extraordinary pace of transformation is poised to continue over the next two decades.