Pocket Change: Pitching In for a Better WorldPocket Change

By author: Michelle Mulder
ISBN: 9781459809666
Format: Hardcover
Pub Date: September 13, 2016
Pages: 48
Price: $19.95
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Until a few hundred years ago, people were embarrassed to buy bread in a store. Families took pride in making almost everything they owned. These days, many people take pride in buying as much as possible! New clothes, a speedier bicycle, the latest phone. If we've got money, someone can sell us a product that will supposedly make our lives better. But each year, humanity uses resources equivalent to nearly one and a half Earths, and we're still not meeting everyone's needs. Around the world, people are questioning consumerism, leaning toward more sustainable lifestyles and creating a whole new concept of wealth. What if you could meet all your needs while getting to know your neighbors and protecting the environment at the same time? Find out how growing a tiny cabbage can fight poverty, how a few dollars can help ten families start their own businesses and how running errands for a neighbor can help you learn to become a bike mechanic—for free!

Awards

2017 - Green Earth Book Award, Honor Book

Reviews

Booklist, September 6, 2016
"An important and accessible book for growing communities."

School Library Journal, August 1, 2016
"Its important message makes it a solid addition for group debates on social and environmental change."

Kirkus Reviews, July 15, 2016
"Ambitious in scope and mission...valuable in its illustration of alternative models of commerce."