What Are Your Consumer Consequences?


Play this fun (or is it scary?) game, Consumer Consequences, to see how many Earths would be needed if EVERYONE lived like you did. I’ve used calculators like this before, but this one really covers all the bases and you even get to make a funny avatar for yourself. Good times courtesy of American Public Media. How many Earth’s did you get? Report back in the comments. Come on, you’re just wasting time at work anyway, right? Hee. hee.

This is actually part of some great programming that you may have been hearing this week if you listen to public radio (you should!):

American Public Media recently announced that “Consumed,” American Public Media’s cross-program series on the sustainability of the consumer economy, will broadcast on public radio stations nationwide November 9-18. “Consumed” will provide listeners with a unique perspective of the impact our consumption has on our economy, our ethics, our environment and more.

“Consumed” comprises reports from Marketplace, Marketplace Morning Report, Marketplace Money, Weekend America, Speaking of Faith, The Story and American RadioWorks. Each program will examine the consumer economy in its own way, providing a thorough, multi-disciplinary approach to a topic that affects all of us.

Starre Vartan is founder and editor-in-chief of Eco-Chick.com and the author of the Eco-Chick Guide to Life. She's also a freelance science and environment writer who has published in National Geographic, CNN, Scientific American, Mental Floss, Pacific Standard, the NRDC, and many more. She lives on an island in Puget Sound with her partner and black cat. She was a geologist in her first career, and still picks up rocks wherever she goes.