Moving Mercy: Consumption
What is Ethical Consumption?
This is the last in the series on consumption that is part of the WMW Justice Team’s Moving Mercy project. The third in the series, Buildings and Grounds, will begin in January. We hope you have found the first two topics, transportation and consumption, in the series informative and helpful.
This week we consider ethical consumption. Ethical consumption stresses the role of the consumer in preventing the exploitation of women and children in sweatshop factories overseas and in the
Obviously, consuming less on a personal level in the
By consuming consciously and ethically we can realistically create change. Being aware of current issues in labor exploitation, environmental conservation, and human rights is the best way to spend ethically. Before buying anything ask: Who makes it? Who needs it? And who profits from it?
Website Source: http://spot.colorado.edu/~shortk/consumption.html
An outstanding link for additional information is the Center for the New American Dream found at http://www.newdream.org. This site covers topics such as Redefining the Dream, Beyond Consumerism, and Collaborative Communities. It includes an excellent video, “Visualizing a Plenitude Economy.” Your attention is held by an artist drawing as the speaker presents a new dream, an alternative to our consumerist culture. The direct link to the 5-minute video is http://www.newdream.org/resources/publications/2011-05-plenitude.