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chapter 3

chapter 3

We and the environment

Consumption does not only mean that you buy something, it also has other consequences. Consumption has an ecological impact and can threaten our living environment. Just think of:
• the amount of waste we produce;
• the cutting of tropical rainforest;
• the pollution of soil and water;
• the greenhouse effect;
• the acidification of forests;
• noise and air pollution.

links
An inconvenient truth
Organization for sustainable environment (www.omslag.nl)

glossary

Glossary chapter 3

free rider behaviour
Profiting freely from the efforts made by others.
negative externalities (= external costs)
Unintended consequences of production and/or consumption that are bad for the welfare of others and that have not been set off in the price of the product.
positive externalities (= external costs)
Unintended consequences of production and/or consumption that are positive for the welfare of others and that have not been set off in the price of the product.
sustainable production and consumption
All activities of producers aimed at environmental aspects and fair trade.

exercises

Exercises (Word)