The Story of Stuff

I am grateful to have had the opportunity to hear Annie Leonard, the creator and producer of the acclaimed video “The Story of Stuff,” speak recently. Her short film has been seen by over 12 million people around the world since it was released in 2007. Her message is that we have three problems: We are trashing the planet. (Most of the developed world consumes too much stuff, yet, there are millions of people who have virtually nothing.) We are trashing each other. (Not only with war and aggression, but with toxic chemicals that pollute our bodies and our environment.) We are not having fun. (The happiness/life satisfaction index is declining.) She has recently released “The Story of Electronics,” and “The Story of Stuff, Season Two” comes out in January. However, her message is not one of doom and gloom. Her motto is “Solutions Abound!” We need to be change agents for activism, environmental protection and social justice. Check it out at and be prepared to have your mind expanded.