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Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Stuff, Stuff, Stuff, Buy, Buy, Buy

Welcome Wednesday! For everyone that is interested and/or concerned with the rate at which we are purchasing new things, please watch this mini-movie by Annie Leonard:


The Story of Stuff is a 20-minute, fast-paced, fact-filled look at the underside of our production and consumption patterns, with a special focus on the United States. All the stuff in our lives, beginning from the extraction of the resources to make it, through its production, sale, use and disposal, affects communities at home and abroad, yet most of this is hidden from view. The Story of Stuff exposes the connections between a huge number of environmental and social issues and calls for all of us to create a more sustainable and just world. It'll teach you something. It'll make you laugh, and it just may change the way you look at all the stuff in your life forever. Written by Leonard, the film was produced by Free Range Studios the makers of other socially-minded, web-based films such as “The Meatrix” and “Grocery Store Wars.” Funding for the project came from The Sustainability Funders and Tides Foundation.

I found this to be a very informative and influential look at US culture and capitalism in general. It might be a good teaching tool and great resource to pass on to our kids concerning how we can begin to conceptualize other alternatives besides buying, buying, and more buying.

Stay tuned for next week's entry when we return from Wheatland!

Until Next Week! Cheers- BA

1 comments:

Radiance said...

It is indeed an eye-opener and commendable effort to be so effective in 20 minutes! I wrote a blog post on it myself some days back, http://is.gd/3478P. Good to see someone else spread the word about this wonderful educational effort :).