Conscientious Consumer Being a conscientious consumer is a growing act in today’s time. More and more people are switching to this for many reasons. I am using two different sources to inform you further on a conscientious consumer. The first article is Andrew Leonard’s “Black Friday: Consumerism vs. Civilization.” This article really intrigued me when I read it, for the reason of it opening my eyes more to how more ethical I could be, and how many people around the world are today. The second article is by Julie Irwin, “Ethical Consumerism isn’t Dead, It Just Needs Better Marketing.” This article is a complete opposite from the first however it still seems that these customers still have their own idea of what is right and what is wrong.
I believe Krugman did a great job in representing an important issue and backing up his claims. I do think he could have used more sources and quotes to back up certain points; however, he still presented factual information. I agree that solar and wind power would be an ideal alternative to current practices. Now that it is more cost-effective, government figures should be stepping in since there is physical evidence that fracking is detrimental to the health of humans and this planet. The info graphic in "What Goes In & Out of Hydraulic Fracking," presented some important statistics that supported Krugman’s logic in his article.
They share similar outlooks when discussing ways to make less of a carbon footprint on the planet. The environmental approach was very evident in both of their talks, but they are also saying that everyone on this planet needs to be more mindful of the choices we make. Hill in his laid back manner, sharing his thoughts on the way to make the world less crowded is a much more feasible than never buying anything new to wear. According to Diana Kendall in her essay titled “The Realities of Hedonistic Consumerism” she states that “people are so caught up in consumerism that this becomes the main reason for their existence, the primary thing that brings them happiness”
In theory, raising the minimum wage would lessen America’s dependence on such benefits. If workers are making more money, Hanauer says that workers are spending more, and increasing the demand for more workers as opposed to cutting jobs. Hanauer closes his essay by telling the reader to see the economy as Henry Ford did; an effective economy is one that works for all not just part of the country. ANALYSIS: After reading Nicolas Hanauer’s essay on raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour, I take an affirmative stance on this issue. The main reason for siding with Hanauer is that he is thinking about how many people can get an upper hand with a wage increase.
“Why Bother” Michael Pollan’s essay “Why Bother” claims both sides of the argument of why people should take action to change their daily lives that will help the environment or if it is a wasted effort to try to change the things that have been done. Pollan repeatedly asks the reader a specific question throughout the essay: Why bother? Why bother slowing down global warming? Why bother walking to and from to make one’s self carbon footprint better? He asks these questions over and over to make the reader engage and think about the environment.
Their citizens latch to this dangerous technique, considering that they need affordable energy and an underpaid job position, which these companies offer to third world countries. Of course, this practice is a clear example of environmental racism. Moreover, on page 46, Gould and Lewis indicate that modern societies such as the U.S conscientiously take risks; and most of the time governments know the hazards and implications. However, American citizens should be making their personal decisions based on the Ecological Modernization Theory, which implies that capitalism is flexible and, that we can continue enjoying the newest technological commodities and at the same time be eco-friendly. In addition the market should our best support, not the government, according to this theory.
There is a quote by President Barack Obama saying, “To truly transform our economy, protect our security, and save our planet from the ravages of climate change, we need to ultimately make clean, renewable energy the profitable kind of energy,” (“151 Inspiring Environmental Quotes”). He believes as many due that nonrenewable resources are harmful to all aspects of life. The energy we use now is harmful to our planet, to humans, and to animals. Scientists are taking steps to making the world a better place. They found sources that replenished naturally in a short amount of time and are less destructive in all aspects.
goods being produced and packaged under metric standards results in our country being at a competitive disadvantage in world markets (Manbeck).” National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in USA has been encouraging U.S. industry to use the metric system. They said adapting the metric system in U.S. industry will increase its competitiveness (USA NIST The International System of Units (SI) 4). “As Representative, Vernon Ehlers of Michigan noted in Congressional testimony this year: it is not just how much we will gain by metrication, it is how much we have been losing by not switching to the world’s standard of measurement (“Going Metric Pays Off”).” Thus it is necessary for U.S. industry to switch to the world’s standard of
Introduction to development. Student Name: Eamonn Byrne Student Number: 14501163 Essay Title: “Fair Trade has become increasingly popular in recent years. While it has merits in drawing attention to an unjust global trading system as well as bringing a better price to primary producers, some commentators are critical of the Fair Trade movement, arguing that it equates activism with consumerism and depoliticises development. Discuss both the merits and the criticisms of the Fair Trade movement.” Throughout this essay I will analyse the pros and cons of Fair Trade, to achieve this I will use points from Fair Trade critiques and other readings. In order to this it is important to understand just what is Fairtrade and what is its goals?
Williamson explains that happiness is the true key to success according to research. Happiness can also help society as a whole. Happier people tend to live longer and have better overall health, found in more than 160 studies. They even are 50% less likely to have a heart attack or simply catch a cold. Being happy makes life all around better and leads the happy people to benefit society by doing things like vote and respect laws.
Their arguments based on the economic needs of the Americans are driven by their political ambitions rather than a radical position on important political and leadership matters. As the Republicans seem to be more radical about addressing the economic needs of the people today, they will be forced to apply the same level of aggression in addressing climate change concerns. Putting a price on carbon emissions, the preferred prescription of economists across the political spectrum, could fit well within the Republican canon (Porter). It may cost the United States today, however, it will help to create a long-term economy that guarantees productivity for the current and future generations. In light of this internal party division and indecisiveness over the issue, it is important to put political ambitions and interests for the greater good of the country and the citizens of that country today and in the future.
The book, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate, was written by Naomi Klein in which she talks about climate change and the different roles affecting it. Klein would argue that climate change is a civilizational wake-up call and confronting it is about us changing the world before the world changes by itself in a negative way. This book helps the reader understand that the economy does play a part in climate change and that there are many economical controversies which can shape people’s views on the matter. A lot of people think that the market will save us, but the obsession for profit and growth is digging us in deeper and deeper every day. The need to stop climate change would mean that we must consume less, but being consumers has been such a huge part of peoples’ lives that it is all anyone really knows.