Resources for Southeastern Forests and Climate Change Activity 9 – The Real Cost

Through a simulated shopping activity, students learn about life cycle assessments and the potential impact of their consumer choices on the environment. They explore questions such as: What factors do we use to make decisions about the products we buy? What are the hidden environmental costs of everyday items? Who should pay for these hidden costs?

This is one of 13 activities that can be found in PLT’s Southeastern Forests and Climate Change secondary module. To get the activity, “Choose Your Free Curriculum” on your PLT Account homepage. Below are some supporting resources for this activity.


Download the copyright-free student pages that are included with this activity:

Money (PDF)

Product Cards (PDF)

Externality Cards (PDF)

Product Assessment (PDF)

Externalities Essay (PDF)