Apathy and Waste

Promoting Participation in Sustainable Living Educational Programming Events Among Non-Environmentally-Motivated Individuals: The Importance of Key Informant Involvement, Pgs. 10-24

This 2014 paper examines possible strategies for promoting sustainable behaviors among individuals who are not otherwise motivated to conserve. The author provides unique insight into the expansion of sustainability efforts on a national and global scale. This is particularly important because, in order to succeed, conservation campaigns need the support of the populace as a whole, including those who are environmentally driven and those who are not. The author conducted a formative experiment in which she sought to not only identify successful strategies for promoting sustainable behaviors but also to put those strategies into effect. As a result, the author was able to identify various barriers to sustainable living and strategies to surmount those barriers. Readers should direct their attention to the sections “Analysis and Findings” and “Discussion and Conclusions,” which is from pages 10 to 24. However, the rest of the article can be read for deeper understanding in the methods by which the author conducted her analysis.

Wynveen, Brooklynn J. “Promoting Participation in Sustainable Living Educational Programming Events Among Non-Environmentally-Motivated Individuals: The Importance of Key Informant Involvement.” Journal of Rural Social Sciences. Vol. 29. No. 2. 2014. Pgs. 10-24. Web. 29 October 2015. <http://www.ag.auburn.edu/auxiliary/srsa/pages/Articles/JRSS%202014%2029/2/JRSS% 202014%2029%202%201-26.pdf>

 

Millions wasted in federal school lunch program

Discussing an increasingly pressing problem, this 2014 news article details the findings of an investigation that examined widespread waste of fruits and vegetables in schools. The investigation revealed that students involved in the National School Lunch Program, in which students are required to be served fruits and vegetables with their lunches, have been throwing much of it away. The article references multiple studies done by researchers who found that millions of dollars have been wasted through the lunch program. This demonstrates not only the negative environmental influence youth have through their food disposal, but also describes the repercussions of such influence. For instance, the article states that almost 600 school districts across the United States have dropped out of the National School Lunch Program as a result of the food waste. However the article does not address whether or not students’ opinions were taken into consideration in these studies. If school officials were to consult more students, the inclusion of students in the decision-making process might break the cycle of student food waste. This article provides interesting insight into both the negative impact youth have on the environment and its resulting negative effect on finances and policy changes.

Regan, Ron. “Millions wasted in federal school lunch program.” NewsNet5 Cleveland. Cleveland, Ohio. 16 September 2014. Web. 29 October 2015. <http://www.newsnet5.com/news/local-news/investigations/millions-wasted-in-federal-school-lunch-program>.

 

Examining Sustainable Consumption Patterns of Young Consumers: Is There A Cause for Concern?

Two Malaysian researchers, Booi-Chen Tan and Teck-Chai Lau, examine the consumption patterns of youth and set out to determine whether youth are contributing to over-consumption. They analyzed the factors influencing youth’s sustainable behavior, or the lack thereof. The researchers initially contended that over-consumption has been the main cause of environmental degradation and that youth may be involved in contributing to this over-consumption. Tan and Lau collected data from questionnaire responses of 270 Malaysian students, for the basis of their conclusions. The researchers found that neither gender nor courses of study are factors in determining sustainable behavior. An interesting finding of the study was that, on a scale from 1.00 to 4.00, with 4.00 being the highest level of sustainable behavior, youth on average score only 2.62. This is a number that indicates a moderate level of sustainability, but not a high level for concern, as many would expect. This paper provides interesting insight into how behaviors may lead to over-consumption and subsequent environmental degradation among youth and other age ranges.

Tan, Booi-Chen and Teck-Chai Lau. “Examining Sustainable Consumption Patterns of Young Consumers: Is There A Cause for Concern?” The Journal of International Social Research. Vol. 2, No. 9. Fall 2009. Web. 29 October 2015. <http://www.sosyalarastirmalar.com/cilt2/sayi9pdf/tanbooichen_lauteckchai.pdf>.

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