‘The Story of Stuff’…

My sister-in-law Frieda passed this video along to me. Its interesting, thought-provoking, and it gives an accessible (although strongly biased) interpretation of systems of production and consumption and how they effect us. Thanks Frieda!

Just a disclaimer about my choice to put this video on my blog. I don’t think it is very ‘objective’ and the bias of this presentation is very clear. The language and presentation of the information and opinions is rather emotive and meant to get you a bit worked up about the whole thing. BUT, I think it is valuable and it certainly makes me want to research these things more, to gather the facts, and to form a more nuanced, well-rounded opinion of the issues discussed: consumption and production, the cost of these things on the environment, on communities and on individual people, the fact that this kind of system is definitely not sustainable, the role of governments and corporations in the system, what we can do about it, etc.

I think that videos, articles or books, etc, like this can only be considered a starting point for learning more. A 20 minute video is never going to give you all the answers, but it certainly can spark your curiosity and inspire you to educate yourself. So, have a look, and see what you think…

The Story of Stuff

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