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Useful Web Links

As with all the other resources we have listed here, it is not possible to include everything. So, rather than being complete, we are trying to give you a starting point. Please let us know if there are other sites that we should include.

Select a category from the menu on the left to view a list of websites.

Consumption, population, simple living

Reducing and shifting consumption to enhance our quality of life.

   

A spreadsheet that allows you to calculate the ecological footprint of your household, and also allows you to subjectively gauge the level of fulfillment you receive from the resources and energy you utilize.

   

How individuals, families, and neighborhoods can change their lifestyles to be more sustainable.

   

An educational foundation that attempts to chart out the ways that people can integrate financial intelligence, integrity and independence so that they can have a more sustainable quality of life.

   

With over 110,000 members, Population Connection is the largest grassroots population organization in the United States. They institute lesson plans for K-12 students, inform citizens about the views on population growth held by their congressional representatives, and work with the Federal government to make informed family planning policy. Their three broad issue areas are, "Protecting the Planet," "Defending Women's Rights," and "Ensuring Social Justice."

   

The Right Livelihood Award is given to honor those "offering practical and exemplary answers to the most urgent challenges facing us today." Known by many as the "alternative Nobel Prize," it spotlights personal courage, social transformation, and work that "becomes a holistic response to community needs."

   

This website has a wide variety of resources and documents that focus on a life of "simplicity." To combat the malaise and excess propagated through many avenues of our contemporary industrial society, their texts focus on "fiscal responsibility, conscious consumerism, community building, sharing, right livelihood and sustainability."

   

A seven minute animated short that investigates why many citizens unnecessarily buy large amounts of bottled water. The short follows the manufacturing cycle of bottled water to expose a "take-makes-waste" economy and the system of advertising that "manufactures" a false need and consumer desire.

   

A twenty minute interactive short that follows the life-cycle of a manufactured product, from extraction to production to distribution to consumption and to disposal. The short focuses on ill-thought out (or overtly unconcerned) methods of product production and use. The website poses alternative and more eco-effective ways of product management.

   

The United Nations Environment Programmes Regional Office for North America's (UNEP-RONA) section on its website that is devoted to Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP).

   

Their website lays out the WWF's mission statement, "To stop the degradation of the planet's natural environment and to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature, by: conserving the world's biological diversity, ensuring that the use of renewable natural resources is sustainable, promoting the reduction of pollution and wasteful consumption."