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The Story of Stuff

The Story of Stuff

The Story of Stuff

Our youngest son attended an overnight youth-fast event at our church and when I went to pick him up the next morning he was all a chatter.  He is normally when he’s really excited about something, but on this morning he couldn’t wait to tell me about a program he’d seen at the retreat.

Last evening the youth group sat down and watched a couple of really informative presentations.  The one I want to share with you, the one which excites me as much as it does my son, is The Story of Stuff with Annie Leonard.

From the website…

What is the Story of Stuff?

From its extraction, through sale, use, and disposal, all the stuff in our lives affects communities at home and abroad, yet most of this is hidden from view. The Story of Stuff is a 20-minute, fast-paced, fact-filled look at the underside of our production and consumption patterns. The Story of Stuff exposes the connections between a huge number of environmental and social issues, and calls us together 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.

I have long lamented – very long – that much of our “modern life” seems predicated upon the idea that we’re here to make money for the IRS and the GNP.  I love our great nation, but there’s just got to be more to life than ripping resources out of the ground, to make stuff we think we want until we don’t want it anymore, instead we want the next one.  Then we throw away what we already have, or worse, we actually pay someone to store what we don’t use.

It reminds me of films like George Lucas’ 1971 feature motion picture, THX-1138.  The concept there was very much the same; make more, sell more, buy more.  By the way this is not a film for children.

That’s enough of that…

I encourage you to have a good look at The Story of Stuff.  It’s informative, not a ranting ecologist with an axe to grind.  This is real information creatively presented.

Watch it several times and see if there aren’t some things which make sense to you.  It’s a really fun presentation.  It’s only a short 20 minutes, and it is very suitable for kids.  Enjoy!

Engage.  Enlarge.  Respond.


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