Monday, May 11, 2009

The Story of Stuff

This is EXCELLENT! From the site:
"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."

If you're an Environmental Science teacher, or an economics teacher, or if you teach anything at all about consumerism, then you MUST WATCH this video. According to this video, only one percent of the stuff we buy is in our homes and being used six months later! But, it gets better. Watch the whole video. This would be a great video to watch, stopping at the start of each chapter for a discussion forum activity, or a blog entry.

When you share it with kids, note that you can select the "Chapter" by clicking the tabs at the top of the video.

This really is excellent!!!

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