Cost of Cool: Youth, Consumption & The Environment
Cost of Cool: Youth, Consumption & The Environment
Cost of Cool: Youth, Consumption & The Environment
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Running Time: 27 minutes
Gr 7-Univ
Producers: Gregory Molina, Marc Griffith, Geoffrey Holland, & Alexandra Paul
Director: Michael Tobias
30-Page Study Guide available for download here.


"A terrific wake-up call for young adults, this is highly recommended."
- Video Librarian

"Recommended. This video does in fact make an impact on teenagers, and may be useful for starting class discussions in such areas as Environmental Studies. It may also be used as a starting point to make students evaluate how and why they use their purchasing powers."
–Educational Media Reviews Online

"The message to help the earth by getting along with less and enjoying one's own uniqueness is an important one that can lead to discussions in social studies, science, and home living classes."
- School Library Journal

"The Cost of Cool is a call for teenagers (and all Americans) to STOP and look more deeply at the consumer feeding frenzy that grips us all, even the most environmentally conscious. Its message is clear and timely... what each person does, or does not do, determines the future health of this planet."
- Erik Mollenhauer, Supervisor, EIRC Science and Social Studies Programs

"An engaging film that should capture the interest of our students. It clearly introduces a critical concept to our teens."
- Dr. Charles Khoury, Principal, Paramus High School


-Winner Cine Golden Eagle Award 2001
-Finalist, Excellence in Educational Publishing Competion



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Hosted by former Baywatch star Alexandra Paul, The Cost of Cool: Youth Consumption and the Environment features teenagers discussing what it takes to be "cool", the pressures of consumerism, and the environmental price we pay to have the latest, "coolest" stuff.

The video begins with an examination of the growth of the world's population and the impact of our consumption habits on the earth's resources. The Cost of Cool looks at everyday items from t-shirts to sneakers and tracks the effect of their manufacture on the world's resources.

"If every person alive today lived like we do," says host Alexandra Paul, "we would need three Earths to provide the resources."

Teenagers grapple with their learned buying patterns, and question whether they actually need much of the stuff that they feel they must acquire to be happy and live well.

30-Page Study Guide available for download here.