Here’s what the Story of Stuff is about:
“From its extraction through sale, use and disposal, all the stuff in our lives affects communities at home and abroad, yet most of this is hidden from view. The Story of Stuff is a 20-minute, fast-paced, fact-filled look at the underside of our production and consumption patterns. The Story of Stuff exposes the connections between a huge number of environmental and social issues, and calls us together to create a more sustainable and just world. It’ll teach you something, it’ll make you laugh, and it just may change the way you look at all the stuff in your life forever.”
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One of the topics we examined in the IPPE 2017 course was food, particularly our consumption and the sustainability of food production. Here’s the link (below) from Annie Leonard’s Story of Stuff project (we are already in her community map for screening the Story Of Stuff). Anna Lappé’s video is an equally critical take on Agri-Business. The website is called Food MythBusters, here’s their description and the first part of Anna Lappé’s video.
“The biggest players in the food industry—from pesticide pushers to fertilizer makers to food processors and manufacturers—spend billions of dollars every year not selling food, but selling the idea that we need their products to feed the world. But, do we really need industrial agriculture to feed the world? Can sustainably grown food deliver the quantity and quality we need—today and in the future? Our first Food MythBusters film takes on these questions in under seven minutes. So next time you hear them, you can too.”
The World Bank has a good introductory book to sustainable development called Beyond Economic Growth. It is in its second edition and though the data is a little bit dated (published in 2004) the chapters are short and accessible with good illustrations. There’s a lot of informative material to help you with the Development, Development Indicators and Consumption sections of the course. Chapters 1-6, 8-9, 12 and 15 are required reading.