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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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.