Stuffed to the gills
Bursting with a few cameras, a laptop and a pile of other gizmos, I lugged my backpack onto the bus this morning, where I sat down and pointed my iPhone browser to the New York Times. With embarrassment, I began reading an article on Anne Leonard’s “Story of Stuff”, a 20 minute film that addresses this fetish many of us seem to have for the things that we consume.
One of the first example she brings up is the iPod. Ouch.
Warning the audience against the hazard of depending on linear production and manufacturing systems in a finite world, there isn’t much here that most ecologists don’t already know. But they aren’t the intended audience – the film is spreading like wildfire across grade schools across the US, with educators clambering to get it into their classrooms.
It’s a pretty inspiring use of media, one that even made me wonder why I was making myself strain under the weight of a tattered backpack filled with too much… stuff. And that’s preaching to the choir.
Watch it here.