Hike #7 - Pre-hike Video (not Reading)
(For all you visual learners, here's one for you.)
Credits: written by Annie Leonard, Louis Fox, and Jonah Sachs, directed by Louis Fox and produced by Free Range Studios. Executive Producers included Tides Foundation and the Funders Workgroup for Sustainable Production and Consumption.
Date: December 2007 (BUT STILL RELEVANT!!)
Background: In one of the first classes of my second environmental science course, our teacher (Carla Grandy) showed this video and it immediately altered my framework on environmentalism and consumerism. I already subscribed to the problematic neo-liberalism mess the Western world has gotten ourselves into, including prioritizing GDP growth over social and environmental benefits, equality, and... well... healthy and happy living within our environmental limits. This put sustainability in context with that belief. Enjoy the video... if it doesn't make you rip your hair out.
Excerpt (from Story of Stuff website):
We have a problem with "stuff." We use too much, too much of it is toxic and we don’t share it very well. But that’s not the way things have to be. Together, we can build a society based on better not more, sharing not selfishness, community not division.
The Story of Stuff video is a 20-minute, fast-paced, fact-filled look at the underside of our production and consumption patterns. It 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 may change the way you look at all the stuff in your life forever.
The Story of Stuff project is larger than the video. It's about the way we make, use and throw away all the Stuff in our lives. A decade and millions views later, plus other videos and campaigns, the project is a Community of more than a million changemakers worldwide, working to build a more healthy and just planet. Check it out here.
LINK TO VIDEO HERE (new window)
See previous pre-hike reading HERE
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