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Con·sume, verb, 1. to destroy or use up. 2. to eat or drink up; devour. 3. to destroy, as by decomposition or burning. 4. to spend (money, time, etc.) wastefully.

Wait we’re consumers, not destroyers, right? And what does consumption have to do with global warming, anyway? Simple. The actual price tag on our objects of desire isn’t just the money we pay for them, but the energy it takes to produce, package, and transport them. Not to mention the energy it takes to get to the mall.

In this section you’ll learn about the real costs of living in a consumer society. You’ll also meet some of the people who are working to save the planet. And you’ll find out what you can do to avoid being cast in a horror flick called The Shopping Spree That Ended Civilization.