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Eco-nomics, The hidden costs of consumption Eco-nomics, The hidden costs of consumption Presentation Transcript

  • eco nomics uncovering the hidden costs of everyday consumption ?
  • meet joe.
  • joe’s an average guy
  • trying to make the right choices...
  • for his family...
  • and his pocketbook.
  • in a single year, joe will spend $25,000 on consumer goods and energy
  • and consume $100,000 worth of natural resources.
  • joe pays for the products he uses...
  • but is he paying the of consumption ?
  • what about the costs?
  • costs from pollution & contaminants
  • costs from disaster and pollution cleanup & lost natural resources
  • costs for oil & agribusiness subsidies
  • military costs for energy & food security
  • what would the true cost of products be...
  • if their pricetags reflected the costs?
  • gasoline the cost of filling up retail cost $43.73 hidden costs total cost $232.11 what’s hidden? environmental, healthcare, subsidies, security, and other traffic-related costs
  • hidden costs gasoline
  • plastic kid’s toy retail cost made in china $1.99 hidden costs total cost $3.94 what’s hidden? environmental costs for the oil needed to ship the toy
  • cheeseburger retail cost the hidden cost of beef $1.99 hidden costs total cost $3.00 what’s hidden? environmental costs from the production of beef
  • bottled water retail cost the true cost of convenience $2.50 hidden costs total cost $5.23 what’s hidden? environmental costs from the use of oil to produce and ship the plastic bottles
  • home electricity retail cost a month’s supply $351 hidden costs total cost $784 what’s hidden? environmental costs from the use of coal power
  • in a nation of 304 million...
  • costs add up.
  • $1.69 trillion hidden costs $513 billion annual U.S. consumption of gas
  • $338 billion annual U.S. consumption of goods made in china $330 billion hidden costs
  • $38 billion hidden costs $75 billion annual U.S. consumption of beef
  • $5 billion annual U.S. consumption of bottled water $5.45 billion hidden costs
  • $451 billion hidden costs $370 billion annual U.S consumption of electricity
  • for the sake of convenience or a lower pricetag today...
  • we’ve avoided paying the costs.
  • so... who will pay our debt?
  • our kids.
  • through rising healthcare costs
  • and higher taxes to pay for environmental cleanup, government subsidies, and food & oil security.
  • and we haven’t even mentioned the things you can’t put a pricetag on...
  • depletion of natural resources global warming lower quality of life animal & plant extinctions
  • so what’s an average Joe to do?
  • limit your impact. reduce your consumption (buy used, borrow, grow your own food) eat less meat walk or bike instead of driving
  • vote with your dollars. support eco-conscious businesses and products buy food from farmers’ markets shop local to reduce transportation and shipping costs
  • spread awareness. talk to your family & friends about the hidden costs of consumption teach your kids to consume less encourage your employer to be more eco-conscious
  • your everyday choices make a difference.
  • think about the costs
  • and make nomical choices.
  • for your family...
  • and your pocketbook.
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