A classic exposé in company with An Inconvenient Truth and Silent Spring, The Story of Stuff expands on the celebrated documentary exploring the threat of overconsumption on the environment, economy, and our health. Leonard examines the “stuff” we use everyday, offering a galvanizing critique and steps for a changed planet.
The Story of Stuff was received with widespread enthusiasm in hardcover, by everyone from Stephen Colbert to Tavis Smiley to George Stephanopolous on Good Morning America, as well as far-reaching print and blog coverage. Uncovering and communicating a critically important idea—that there is an intentional system behind our patterns of consumption and disposal—Annie Leonard transforms how we think about our lives and our relationship to the planet.
From sneaking into factories and dumps around the world to visiting textile workers in Haiti and children mining coltan for cell phones in the Congo, Leonard, named one of Time magazine’s 100 environmental heroes of 2009, highlights each step of the materials economy and its actual effect on the earth and the people who live near sites like these.
With curiosity, compassion, and humor, Leonard shares concrete steps for taking action at the individual and political level that will bring about sustainability, community health, and economic justice. Embraced by teachers, parents, churches, community centers, activists, and everyday readers, The Story of Stuff will be a long-lived classic.
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Did you ever wonder what happens to all that trash set out on your street on garbage day? Where does it go? While living in New York City, Annie Leonard wondered about that question and ended up studying Stuff for 20 years before writing this book. Other questions addressed include: "What is the real cost of Extraction (of raw materials), Production, Distribution, and Disposal of all that Stuff?" In the course of addressing such questions as these, Leonard invites us to consider the impact of toxic chemicals and ingredients of Stuff, and how those toxics affect the miners/extractors of raw materials, production workers, purchasers of the Stuff, AND how they affect the people who live in areas where the Stuff with its toxins (if any) are dumped. An overarching issue is our carbon footprint (individual, corporate, etc.) and Global Warming. Whether you believe global warming is a hoax or a real crisis, "The Story of Stuff" has something to say to you. If you...
A very polarizing book because it criticizes the very foundation of our American economy and way of life. It is like having your parents tell you that you were really adopted and your real father was a serial killer - you have to start all over with your asumptions about who you are, how you want to live and wonder if you have a future or if you are doomed by your past. Unfortunately most people would rather put their head in the sand than know that their way of life might come to an end, and that the way they are living now is depriving others of a decent life. The book is both thought provoking and guilt producing (for those who tend to those feelings.) Although most people say they don't trust the government, really they want to believe that the government is looking out for their best interests, health and well being. They hope to achieve the "American Dream" of owning an enormous house, having a huge wardrobe and owning a fleet of cars and being the envy of all they know...
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