Globalization has made families and individuals powerful actors in the world economy. Our daily choices as consumers affect the lives of workers in distant places and the way people live. Living sustainably means buying goods and services that do not harm the environment, society, and the economy. Although it is predominantly an issue for high-income and emerging economies, consumption is an excellent entry point for teaching about sustainable development. Consumer education is practical, touching the daily lives of people near and far away. Local consumer action can have a global, social, economic, and environmental impact, both today and tomorrow.

Education therefore has an important role to play for consumers, in terms of:
  • learning to know about the products we buy; encourage curiosity about how and where goods are produced as well as what the working conditions are in the country of origin? How far are goods shipped to reach the supermarket shelves? What is the environmental footprint of the production and transport of certain products?
  • using knowledge about the impact of our economic choices in order to change our behaviour and consumption habits. However, knowledge is not enough. The wiki linked to this page has been assembled as a transformative learning process and aims to change the way people interact with the world.


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