Encyclopedia of Sustainability in Higher Education

2019 Edition
| Editors: Walter Leal Filho

Conscious Consumption and Sustainable Development

  • Kathleen KevanyEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-11352-0_269


To consume consciously is a process of deliberation to purposefully and thoughtfully consume what is beneficial and necessary and not consume unconsciously things that are unhelpful or harmful. Conscious consumption also is a philosophy and growing social movement that encourages citizens to become aware of the impact of their consumption practices on their own health and well-being and to consider the social, economic, environmental, and communal implications. This movement pays attention to the effects of media and advertising on citizen-consumer behavior. Conscious consumption may form part of government strategies used to promote ways to address the growing crises of climate change and noncommunicable diseases.

Sustainability requires a focus on principles of equity, inclusion, and distribution and the long-term state of the environment (Hopwood et al. 2015). Sustaining species and ecosystems must be done in ways that allow them to go on renewing themselves indefinitely...


Consciousness Consumption Climate change Reflection Values education Reduction 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Agriculture, Rural Research, Department of Business and Social Sciences, Dalhousie UniversityTruroCanada

Section editors and affiliations

  • Madhavi Venkatesan
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of EconomicsNortheastern UniversityBostonUSA