What about that Wrapper? Using Consumption Diaries in Green Education

Helen Kopnina*

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Date: April 2010. Setting: Classroom of elementary school in Amsterdam. Participants: Four children aged 8, five parents, one teacher (as an observer). FOCUS GROUP MODERATOR (FGM): Today we are going to talk about consumption – that is what we eat, drink and use, and what we throw away. I hasten to say I know as much as you do about consumption, and probably less […] I have your consumption diaries in front of me… First, I want to ask the kids: What is consumption? ANGELA: It’s that diary … that we had to like … make. Right? JAN: It’s what we eat and drink. FMG [TO THE OTHER TWO CHILDREN]: What do you think? ANNEKE: Same as [Angela]. DIRK: Consumption is when you consume things. DIRK’S FATHER: [Laughs] And what is consume? DIRK: [shyly] Eating stuff … JAN [EXCITEDLY]: That’s what I said! FMG [READING FROM JAN’S DIARY]: ‘Mum wants me to have sandwiches for breakfast.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEnvironmental Anthropology Today
EditorsHelen Kopnina, Eleanor Shoreman-Ouimet
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Number of pages22
ISBN (Electronic)9781136658563
ISBN (Print)9780415781558, 9780415781565
Publication statusPublished - 5 Aug 2011
Externally publishedYes


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