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The Story of Stuff

Secondary

Description

This video provides a fast-paced, fact-filled look at the underside of our production and consumption patterns. Using cartoon graphics, host Anne Leonard explores the many connections between global economic, environmental, and social issues, and challenges us to create a more sustainable world. By exploring the life cycle of manufactured goods, the video highlights the role that governments and large corporations play in encouraging us to spend and consume at the expense of dwindling resources, environmental degradation and unfair labor practices.

General Assessment

Recommendation of how and where to use it

This video could be used as an effective introduction to the study of sustainable consumption. It would motivate discussion on the role of government and big corporations in promoting and benefitting from our spending. It could also be used in science class to introduce or summarize outcomes involving energy use, exploiting natural resources and environmental contamination.

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        • Geographic Issues of the 21st Century: Natural Resources
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        • Citizenship and Sustainability: Area of Inquiry: Consumerism
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        • Issues in Canadian Geography (Academic): Interactions in the Physical Environment
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Themes Addressed

  • Citizenship (1)

    • Sustainable Consumption
  • Economics (2)

    • Corporate Social Responsibility
    • Globalization
  • Human Rights (1)

    • Social Justice
  • Waste Management (1)

    • Cradle-to-Cradle