Monday, December 31, 2007

The Story of Stuff

Thanks to the Bru Notes, I discovered this 20 minute interactive video that'll blow your socks right off. It's called The Story of Stuff, and a woman named Annie Leonard guides us through the five steps of "stuff" (extraction, production, distribution, consumption and disposal). In a rapid-fire but easy-to-follow style, she shows us how we can't possibly sustain our endless, ever-increasing pursuit for "stuff". I highly recommend taking 20 minutes out of your life and watching this video, rather than watching TV or shopping. It's pretty difficult to talk about consumption and environmental issues without getting bogged down in details and making it difficult for the layperson to follow, but Ms. Leonard does a wonderful job. There are also resources on the website if you want to get further involved.

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