Eco-nomics, The hidden costs of consumption

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Eco-nomics, The hidden costs of consumption

  1. eco nomics uncovering the hidden costs of everyday consumption ?
  2. meet joe.
  3. joe’s an average guy
  4. trying to make the right choices...
  5. for his family...
  6. and his pocketbook.
  7. in a single year, joe will spend $25,000 on consumer goods and energy
  8. and consume $100,000 worth of natural resources.
  9. joe pays for the products he uses...
  10. but is he paying the of consumption ?
  11. what about the costs?
  12. costs from pollution & contaminants
  13. costs from disaster and pollution cleanup & lost natural resources
  14. costs for oil & agribusiness subsidies
  15. military costs for energy & food security
  16. what would the true cost of products be...
  17. if their pricetags reflected the costs?
  18. 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
  19. hidden costs gasoline
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. 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
  24. in a nation of 304 million...
  25. costs add up.
  26. $1.69 trillion hidden costs $513 billion annual U.S. consumption of gas
  27. $338 billion annual U.S. consumption of goods made in china $330 billion hidden costs
  28. $38 billion hidden costs $75 billion annual U.S. consumption of beef
  29. $5 billion annual U.S. consumption of bottled water $5.45 billion hidden costs
  30. $451 billion hidden costs $370 billion annual U.S consumption of electricity
  31. for the sake of convenience or a lower pricetag today...
  32. we’ve avoided paying the costs.
  33. so... who will pay our debt?
  34. our kids.
  35. through rising healthcare costs
  36. and higher taxes to pay for environmental cleanup, government subsidies, and food & oil security.
  37. and we haven’t even mentioned the things you can’t put a pricetag on...
  38. depletion of natural resources global warming lower quality of life animal & plant extinctions
  39. so what’s an average Joe to do?
  40. limit your impact. reduce your consumption (buy used, borrow, grow your own food) eat less meat walk or bike instead of driving
  41. vote with your dollars. support eco-conscious businesses and products buy food from farmers’ markets shop local to reduce transportation and shipping costs
  42. 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
  43. your everyday choices make a difference.
  44. think about the costs
  45. and make nomical choices.
  46. for your family...
  47. and your pocketbook.
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