The aim is to raise awareness on the unfair conditions of worldwide collaboration as well as on the resource intensive global production.
The example of a pair of Jeans illustrates the global trade.
1. The way of a pair of jeans
- Present the journey of a pair of jeans.
- Ask, what your participants know about this topic.
- Discuss in which way this production style might have an impact on
- people and
2. Production conditions
The reasons that certain countries are favored for production usually entail:
- disregard of workers’ rights
- workers are often women and children
- very long working hours (> 60 hrs. / Week) and low wages (not enough to cover basic needs)
- poor safety and hygiene conditions
- discrimination against women (they earn less than men).
- Ask, how participants consider working conditions in their consumptive decisions.
- Discuss, what would be fair conditions? What has fairness to do with sustainability?
- How different are the environmental and working conditions in their country?
3. Value added chain of a pair of jeans
- Look at the value added chain. What is surprising? What did you expect?
- Where are the "adjusting screws" for making trade and consumption more fair and sustainable?
- Ask, what kind of measures the actors within the society could and should undertake. In example:
- Activists/Civil Socoiety Organizations
- National regulation
- International regulation
- Arpine Galfayan, Sebastian Wehrsig, Nils-Eyk Zimmermann: Environment and Civil Involvement; How Can We Connect Sustainable Development Education and Active Citizenship Empowerment? ISBN 978-3-944012-01-8 Online
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