Edna Rienzi is the Director of the Beyond Consumerism program at the Center for a New American Dream. She is passionate about focusing on "more of what matters" in her life, which is what led her to initially volunteer with New Dream in 2012. Prior to New Dream, she was a corporate lawyer and, then, a full-time mom.
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December 30, 2015
Research shows that the more people care about money, wealth, and possessions, the less they value protecting the environment. Materialistic values correlate negatively with how often adults and children engage in pro-environmental behaviors such as commuting by bike, reusing paper, buying secondhand, and recycling. One study found that among 20 of the wealthiest nations in the world, those whose citizens are most focused on money and achievement have higher levels of carbon dioxide emissions , even after controlling for gross domestic product (GDP). In a 2010 article in Solutions Journal,...
December 8, 2015
Parents hoping to limit their kids’ exposure to excessive commercialism are understandably frustrated when marketers invade traditionally “commercial-free” venues outside the home, such as your child’s school. And school advertising abounds in many forms. Most of us are familiar with ads in yearbooks and newsletters, on team uniforms and vending machines, and even on the sides of school buses. But some schools now sell ad space in highly visible locations such as on class websites, cafeteria banners, bookcovers, and even homework folders. Even more worrisome is when marketing makes its way...