Can you change the world with your wallet?
You already do.
In this frank, teen-friendly manifesto, Mara Rockliff reveals what you're really buying when you spend your money on a cell phone, a cheap t-shirt, or fast food-and shows the way to better choices, both for people and the planet.
Start seeing the world for real, and discover how you can make a difference. You've got buying power-now let's see you change the world for good! GET REAL has been selected as an Honor Book in the Nonfiction category for the 2011 Green Earth Book Award.
This savvy guide encourages teens to be knowledgeable and media-literate consumers. Gently iconoclastic Pop Art style images spruce up the pages (made from recycled paper), while quizzes and tips urge reflection and action. It's all about making choices: "Try asking for the jeans sewn by a worker earning more than a few cents an hour," Rockliff suggests, along with avoiding fast food, buying local, and being aware of fair trade products. With color photographs documenting the repercussions of waste, Rockliff's frank discussions should have conscientious readers reconsidering their economic actions, while expanding their green vocabulary. Ages 12 up.