Friday, December 21, 2007

THE STORY OF STUFF

All our stuff comes from somewhere, that meaning that someplace on the face of this Mother Earth, there is a new forest clear-cut or rainforest conversion, or a mine, or some other form of extraction. It all starts somewhere. Many times these projects are on what is, or was, Indigenous Lands. As we accumulate, utilize, and dispose of our stuff, this sets in motion an entire sequence of events that accomplishes a wide variety issues related to the global economy we live in today. Many of the events in this sequence are not sustainable. By conducting business in the manner that we are, we are robbing future generations of all species of their inheritance to a clean and healthy planet. The Story of Stuff, in twenty short minutes, gives us a profile of the sometimes un-thought of, and many times, unhealthy relationships we have with our stuff. From raw resource extraction to disposal, our stuff leaves a trail of displaced people and underpaid workers to toxic manufacturing and disposal practices. Please see this action packed video starring Annie Leonard. And please, the next time you are contemplating buying some stuff, take a moment to reflect on the source, disposition and need, of your stuff.

Peace with Earth

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As Jim Hightower explains it, is that “the wealthiest 1 percent of Americans possess more net worth today than the bottom 90 percent of us combined. Worse, these privileged few and their political henchmen have structured a new economic ‘normal’ of long-term joblessness, low wages, no benefits or worker rights, miserly public services, and a steadily widening chasm between the rich and the rest of us.” We must restore sanity to this nation.