Sunday 15 May 2011

Multinationals Profit, We Consume, They Die

Debate activity to raise students' awareness about our consumerism and its consequences for multinational companies and for the expoited people who manufacture the products that we consume.


o    What is the difference between consumption and consumerism?

Materialism and Consumerism Questionnaire

  1. What do you really want that you don’t have?  Do you really need it?
  2. Is there any such thing as enough? Do you have enough?  
  3. Do you deserve what you have?
    1. Do you feel you are lucky? Why?
    2. Do you feel you have worked hard for what you have?
    3. Do you deserve more than you have? What is the meaning of ‘materialism’?
  4. Do you think you are a materialistic person?
  5. Do you think your school-mates/friends are materialistic?
  6. What do you think motivates the rich? Why do rich people work at all? Why does a millionaire want to be a billionaire?
  7. Why are we so attached to material objects?

QUESTIONNAIRE (continuation):
  1. Does materialism have any consequences for the rest of the world? Which ones?
  2. Think of what could happen in the world if people changed. Is it worth working for a change? 
  3. Can we do anything against slavery and exploitation?
    1. What can we do to change ourselves?
    2. What can you do to help your school-mates/friends change?
  4. Is it easy to work for a change alone?
  5. Can you think of other people who can do it with you?
  6. What do you think of the saying “less is more”; “small is beautiful”?
    1. Do you know in Spanish a saying like that?

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