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Jan 25, 2017
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We need to work less to live better

David Suzuki
A lot needs to be done to reform our economic systems and to address critical issues like pollution and climate change. Reducing work hours is one way to make substantial gains.
Blog
Apr 21, 2015
Photo: Nick Harris/flickr

Microbeads are a sign of our plastic consumer madness

David Suzuki
Microbeads illustrate the excesses of marketing and consumerism, but they're only part of the problem. Most plastics break down into microparticles, often ending up in oceans and other waters.
Blog
Mar 11, 2015
Image: Flickr/stuckincustoms

Why you can't afford to shop for a spring outfit

Lizanne Foster
I finally understand why so many people prefer to look away when the topic of climate change comes up: cognitive dissonance is more comfortable than facing the facts about the crisis we are in.
Blog
Jan 13, 2015
Photo: Magnus von Koeller/flickr

Digging out of Canada's mining dilemma

David Suzuki
Canadian mining companies haven't always had a great record for environmental and social responsibility in communities where they operate, but public scrutiny and pressure may help to change that.
Book Review
Jul 10, 2014

Exploitation of the invisible hands that do all the work

Eleanor J. Bader
Does rampant consumerism make us view those who harvest our food, sew our clothes and assemble our electronics as invisible? 'Invisible Hands: Voices from the Global Economy' argues yes.
Podcast
Jul 9, 2014

George Monbiot on The Pricing of Everything

Redeye
In the annual lecture at the Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute, George Monbiot challenges the idea that it's possible to put a price on nature.
Podcast
Dec 23, 2013

Tips for simplifying the holiday season

Redeye
Sarah Baird of the Center for a New American Dream shares some suggestions about how to resist the urge to buy a lot of stuff for our loved ones at Christmas and do something more meaningful instead.
News
Dec 20, 2013
photo: flickr creative commons from asenat29

Holiday gift guide

Jessica Rose
Trust us, you don't have to be a craft expert to avoid consuming this holiday. Here are just a few of the many ways to keep your holiday gifting sustainable, ethical and economical.
News
Dec 20, 2013
photo: flickr creative commons Melissa Eder

Why we shopped second hand

Jessica Rose
For the second year in a row, my dad's side of the family committed to buying second hand, which meant combing thrift stores, vintage boutiques, flea markets and antique stores for the perfect gift.
Blog
Nov 29, 2013

Why not boycott the NFL?

Meghan Murphy
While the white, male left focuses on consumerism and 'Buy Nothing Day,' they conveniently ignore the sexist, corporate NFL.

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