Monday, September 15, 2008

The Story of Stuff with Annie Leonard

This straightforward film effectively explains the use and abuse of materials in our society, from extraction of natural resources to production to distribution, consumption and disposal, highlighting the flaws in this linear system all along the way. Leonard explains terms like "planned obsolescence" and "perceived obsolescence" is simple terms with visual assistance from stick-figure animation. Beyond the film itself, the website provides a dearth of resources for further information on consumption, resource use and waste, available by clicking "Learn More" under each of the section headings along the top navigation bar, and by clicking on the link to get 10 more recommendations for another way at the end of the film. You can even get an annotated script if you're a teacher interested in giving students copies for reference or if you want to stage your own version of the Story of Stuff in your classroom. And the Story of Stuff Blog is definitely being added to my feed reader.

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