The Story of Stuff

Just finished watching The Story of Stuff on Wess's recommendation. Definitely a lot of info there, and hard to process through it all critically in such a short space -- I don't buy some of the stats she throws out. I do agree wholeheartedly with Leonard's major point though, that the system we currently have in place is utterly broken and we need to do everything we can to fix it. Set aside 20 minutes, sit back, and let me know what you think when it's done.


Joel said...

You beat me to the punch. I watched this a few weeks back and hadn't made the time to post it. I got led to it by the No Impact Man blog. Pretty interesting watch huh? I've been reading the aforementioned blog for a month or two now and it's been providing some thought provoking stuff. It makes me wish that the Christians viewed stewardship as more important to our lives. God blessed us and invited us to rule and subdue the earth.....I think evangelicals need a theology of the environment. There is some stuff out there but not a whole lot.

Anyways, in regards to the short film, I thought it was good. Yeah, I don't know about some of her stats but I have read similar things about how much of the products we buy are quickly disposed of. Don't know if that the stats you're referring to but I think we could do more as a society.

Jeana said...

Geary and I watched this a few months ago and the thing that still bugs me is Planned Obsolescence. Also, the mixed messages from the news media: "Go Green!" and "Buy More!" How can you care about the environment but still be an uber consumer? We've made a committment to re-use, re-use, re-use,re-purpose...and to buy it used already if we can.

Clint said...

"Stars are out! You suck!" Hahaha... loved that part.

You know, if I was an American this would be really convicting.

Oh, wait.

Clint said...

This actually has a lot to do with why we're all getting a tax refund this summer. The federal government is hoping that we kick that money right back into the consumption cycle and thus help avert a recession. But here's a question: If the current system is unsustainable, is a recession really a bad thing?