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Annie Leonard and her Wonderful Stories of Stuff


We all need stuff to live. Seems simple. We need food, shelter, clothing, education, representative government, healthcare and employment. But our contemporary culture, and more importantly the people around us, would have us believe that we need more stuff than we actually require for day to day living. Why? To look good, to feel good, to identify ourselves with others with whom we share a common interest, be it fashion, music, sport, or a particular part of life that appeals to us. For many, this need to identify has somehow turned into a self-perpetuating circle of continuous consumption which has become unsustainable.

Like Annie Leonard, many people don’t have an issue with stuff per se. The problem is how much we consume, what we consume, and why.

Check out this article, and her two videos, here and here.

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This entry was posted on 21 December 2011 by in Social Sustainability, Sustainable Consumption.

Part of the Problem? or Part of the Solution?

Rampant consumerism.
Widespread unsustainable lifestyles.
Unsustainable business practices.
Damaging and unsustainable travel and transport.
Extensive environmental degradation and biodiversity loss.
These are some of the problems we face.
Energy crisis.
Financial crisis.
Uneducated and un-empowered.
Environmental damage.
Food and water shortage.
Climate change.
Are you part of the problem,
Or are you part of the solution?

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