Pocket Change by Michelle Mulder
Pitching In for a Better World (Orca Footprints)

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Until a few hundred years ago, people were embarrassed to buy bread in a store. Families took pride in making almost everything they owned. These days, many people take pride in buying as much as possible! New clothes, a speedier bicycle, the latest phone. If we've got money, someone can sell us a product that will supposedly make our lives better. But each year, humanity uses resources equivalent to nearly one and a half Earths, and we're still not meeting everyone's needs. Around the world, people are questioning consumerism, leaning toward more sustainable lifestyles and creating a whole new concept of wealth. What if you could meet all your needs while getting to know your neighbors and protecting the environment at the same time? Find out how growing a tiny cabbage can fight poverty, how a few dollars can help ten families start their own businesses and how running errands for a neighbor can help you learn to become a bike mechanic—for free!
 

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Published September 13, 2016 by Orca Book Publishers. 48 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, Education & Reference, Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books.

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Gr 4–7—Part condemnation of conspicuous consumption and part call for change, this selection aims to motivate readers to modify their buying habits and seek out alternative modes of energy and production. Students will be all riled up at the waste and harm current consumer culture has caused afte...

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