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"The Story of Stuff"

"The Story of Stuff"

"Annie Leonard has created a masterwork. Her short film 'Story of Stuff' is hilarious, uplifting, and most importantly the clearest explanation of the full cycle of environmental and social impacts intrinsic to our overconsumtive, wasteful, corporate-driven global economy.
—Jerry Mander, author and founder of the International Forum on Globalization

December 6, 2007 —

As helpful as it is to reward sustainable businesses with our hard earned cash, it's sometimes easy to lose focus of the fact that American consumerism is itself, fundamentally unsustainable. Because we have the money, trading power and infrastructure, we consume way more than our share of the world's resources and release way more than our share of toxins and CO2 into the atmosphere. It's frightening to think that the golden promise of globalization is that one day, people all over the world will be able to consume just as much as we do.

In a short film called "The Story of Stuff," sustainability expert Annie Leonard takes a look at how consumption drives the "materials economy," and the havoc this process wreaks on the world. If you're not in the mood for a jargon-intensive downer, don't worry — this film is fast-paced, fun and accessible. It's well worth watching, thinking about and passing along, and since it's licensed under Creative Commons, it's free!

You can download it from StoryofStuff.com...

or you can just watch the stream on google.video.

 

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