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The Story of Stuff is a 20-minute, fact-filled short film about the negative effects of our production and consumption patterns. The film is a cheerful but somewhat brutal look into how wasteful humans can be and exposes the connections between a huge number of environmental and social issues.
The thick-lined drawings of the Earth, a factory and a house are meant to convey the cycle of human consumption, as are the pictures of dark puffs of factory smoke and outlines of skulls and crossbones that represent polluting chemicals floating in the air. The Story of Stuff calls for the creation of a more sustainable and just world. It will definitely teach you something, while making you laugh and it just may change the way you look at all the stuff in your life forever.
Visit www.storyofstuff.com for more info.
Editor's note: This is the first guest post from Max Gladwell. Our children will inherit a world profoundly changed by the combination of technology and humanity that is social media. They'll take for granted that their voices can be heard and that a social movement can be launched from their laptop. They'll take for granted that they are connected and interconnected with hundreds of millions of people at any given moment. And they'll take for granted that a black man is or was President of the United States. What's most profound is that these represent parts of a greater whole. They represent a shift in power from centralized institutions and organizations to the People they represent. It is the evolution of democracy by way of technology, and we are all better for it.
The League of American Bicyclists is promoting Bike-to-Work Week from May 11-15 and Bike-to-Work Day on Friday, May 15.
Cycling is not only less stressful on the environment, it also makes you smarter! That’s right: riding a bicycle, like most forms of aerobic exercise, can actually improve cognitive function.
Ford just announced plans to completely transform one of their plants into a "modern, flexible small car plant."
Most of us are very trusting when it comes to food labels. When it says "Healthy!" or "All Natural!" we generally accept that at face value and don't take into consideration what it really means. Many Americans are eating what they think is very healthy, but without fully understanding how the food companies go through loopholes to label their food "all natural" for example. One of the biggest offenders tends to be "wheat bread."
There are so many things to consider when choosing the university you will attend. Location? Level of academia? Price?
Today's college-bound students are increasingly interested in how green their prospective universities are, according to the Princeton Review survey.
The large Scandinavian country of Norway is getting closer to a ban on gas-powered cars in the near future.
The recent outbreak of Swine Flu -- Influenza A(H1N1) -- is not passed through eating meat but it does makes us reflect on healthy lifestyles and eating habits.
Want to eat better but aren't sure what to begin?
Here is great checklist of tips on what you and your family can do to eat healthier, shop smarter and make sustainable choices, from SustainableTable.org:
- Educated Yourself -- Learn about the kind of food you're eating. Is it local? Is it sustainable?
- Shop Sustainable -- Don’t expect to change everything overnight. Start with one item and pledge to buy it sustainably, such as buying one organic dairy, meat or produce item at your supermarket or one local food at a nearby farmers’ market. Visit the Eat Well guide to find local sources for sustainable food.
It had dried up rapidly since the 1960s, when the Amu Darya and Syr Darya rivers were diverted by Soviet Union irrigation projects. By 2004, the Aral Sea had shrunk to a shocking 25% of its original surface area, and a nearly 500 percent increase in saltiness had killed most of its natural flora and fauna.
By 2007 it had declined to a mind-blowing 10% of its original size.
The small body of water then split into three separate lakes, two of which are too salty to support fish or wildlife.