Professor of Consumerism
Our country is facing serious times. On the heels of sky-high fuel prices this summer, a massive financial crisis has sent the economy into a tailspin. As the holiday shopping season kicks into high gear, do consumers ever wonder what goes into producing all of those items that we go into hock for and what happens to their stuff from holidays past?
Consumer mania may have been born from the post World War II era, but economic manipulation has driven consumerism to where it is today and the condition of the environment. From the limited life cycle of personal computers to changes in footwear fashion, products are either designed to be regularly replaced or to convince consumers that their stuff needs to be upgraded. This notion of planned and perceived obsolescence drives the machine of American consumerism year round.
Watch this inspiring 20 minute video about the things we take for granted and solutions that can make a difference…
How we can invent and invest our way out of the pollution-based grey economy and into the healthy new green economy?
If you liked The Story of Stuff and the messages it conveys, download it for free or purchase the DVD and share it with your community by showing the film at a house party, or classroom, or church group, or neighborhood association or any other location. Here is everything you need to organize a successful event…
In the book, The Green Collar Economy, acclaimed activist and political advisor Van Jones delivers a real solution that both rescues our economy and saves the environment. A New York Times best-seller The Green Collar Economy is not a dire warning but rather a substantive and viable plan for solving the biggest issues facing the country–the failing economy and our devastated environment. From a distance, it appears that these two problems are separate, but when we look closer, the connection becomes unmistakable.
Stacy Malkan’s groundbreaking expose’ about toxic chemicals in personal care products has won a top award from the independent publishing industry. Not Just a Pretty Face: The Ugly Side of the Beauty Industry (New Society Publishers 2007) received a 2008 Silver IPPY from the Independent Publisher Book Awards in the category of Health/Medicine/Nutrition. The contest honors the best independently published books of the year in 64 categories.
It is for all the reasons above why I’ve taken the time to learn about Young Living therapeutic-grade essential oils and create this blog… so that I might help others make a difference in their lives and in the world. If you’re interested in some of the ways I use essential oils in place of common over-the-counter medicines and toxic household cleaners visit my page on Making the Switch.