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– Mission –

The POI College Road Tour will:
  • Highlight the people, companies, and movements that are challenging the Linear Consumption Economy, and intervening at points along a wasteful and unjust system to build a better model.
  • Empower young people to realize their individual skills and passions as essential parts of a collective solution.
  • Spread the message that “Nobody Can Do Everything, But Everybody Can Do Something”. Together, we can fix a broken system.

– What are the “Points of Intervention”? –

With 60 percent of global greenhouse gas output coming directly from the stuff we consume, it is clear that climate change, waste, and the social inequities that result are not issues in isolation from one another. Rather, these global woes are symptoms of a collectively flawed system: the Linear Consumption Economy. The hand-me-down of current affairs can leave our generation feeling overwhelmed and powerless. Fortunately, there are many points along this economic model at which we can intervene.

Challenging the Consumption Economy: The Points of Intervention Tour will travel to college and university campuses across the country, sharing the stories of individuals who are peeling back the pieces of this broken system in their own way for a just transition to a circular economy. From local food production to harnessing renewable energy, this tour will show students that activating their unique experiences and passions is a part of this fight, and that while nobody can do everything, everyone can do something.

We refer to these actions along the Linear Consumption trajectory as Points of Intervention: specific places in a system where a targeted action can effectively interrupt the functioning of a system as a whole and open the way to change. Whether they are physical (i.e. an expanding landfill) or ideological (i.e. planned obsolescence of consumer products), these points serve as avenues to better understand, and ultimately reconstruct, the Linear Consumption Economy.

There are countless ways to intervene, so we will be highlighting a few that encompass issues of waste, climate change, and environmental justice:

Resistance:

Halting dirty resource extraction operations that are jeopardizing the health of surrounding habitats and communities, while reinforcing a reliance on fossil fuels.

Redesign:

What we buy doesn’t have to be made to break. Planned obsolescence is being replaced with extended producer responsibility and modular products that are repairable and built to last.

Regulation:

Passing legislation that prohibits landfills and incinerator expansion, particularly in areas of low income and communities of color.

Redistribution:

Creating markets that ensure equitable distribution of goods and services, so that folks growing, stitching, and building consumer products also reap the benefits of their labor.  

Reuse/Repair:

Empowering our generation to mend, stitch, and prolong the life of their stuff, so that we own that stuff, and don’t just mindlessly consume it.

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