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AFFLUENZA - Resources_______________________
Fight the battle of "affluenza" by encouraging your student to volunteer with a community service project. Click on the link below for information on Gwinnett's Great Days of Service, coming up October 3-4:
- From Library Journal
De Graaf, producer of the PBS documentaries Affluenza (1996) and Escape from Affluenza (1998); David Wann, a former EPA staffer and expert on sustainable lifestyles; and Thomas H. Naylor, professor emeritus in economics at Duke, have assembled an updated and more in-depth look at the epidemic of overconsumption sweeping the United States and the rest of the world, based on de Graaf's documentaries. They define "affluenza" as "a painful, contagious, socially-transmitted condition of overload, debt, anxiety, and waste resulting from the dogged pursuit of more" and examine the spiraling cycle of overconsumption, spending, stress, and broken relationships caused by America's obsession with uncontrolled economic growth at any cost. This witty yet hard-hitting book provides evidence of the social problems caused by the American obsession with acquiring "stuff" and proposes solutions for living more sustainably. Highly recommended for academic and public libraries. Mark Bay, Indiana Univ.
- Also, GCPS schools offer many service club opportunities for students. Contact your school counselor for additional details.
Producer of Affluenza and partner with us on the Parentvision teen series.