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good read! @latimes talks about “story of stuff”…

there’s a terrific article in today’s la times about annie leonard and her highly successful videos such as, “the story of stuff”. i love annie leonard and her ability to make dense subjects more understandable and accessible to so many (12 million and counting!). her works have been translated into more than 15 languages.

“We environmentalists are a whiny, wonky bunch,” Leonard says. “We bombard people with facts. But who wants to join a movement where people just scold you? We have to make it inspiring. We have to make it fun.”

i’ve blogged about her “story of stuff”, “story of cap and trade” and “story of bottled water“. up next, “story of cosmetics” and “story of electronics”….and maybe if i can stomach it, a recommended trip to a city dump…she says it’s like a “society’s secret journal”.  we all need to think about what we buy and whether it or not is worth a lifetime in a landfill.

and if all of this seems too heavy (you really should read the article, she lives a lovely communal life filled with deep meaning), let me close with this quote:

If her videos leave you overwhelmed, Leonard has an answer: “I’ve been reading about the emerging science of happiness,” she says merrily. “It turns out that after our basic needs are met, more stuff doesn’t make us happy. It’s the quality of our relationships. It’s coming together around shared goals.

“So, re-engage! It’s more fun.”

you know i will post “story of cosmetics” as soon as it is released july 21.

cheers to annie leonard!

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oil and water…

as my heart breaks with each passing day over the catastrophe happening in the gulf and beyond (petroleum), i have to give thanks to the plastic pollution coalition for posting this trailer for the documentary, tapped. whether it is protesting against offshore drilling or trying to educate ourselves about the global threat that is plastic, we need to not go fetal in these trying times, but wake up and take action!

for the 50 BILLION plastic bottles americans use each year, 2.5 TONS of carbon dioxide are pumped into the environment. not to mention the oil used to make the bottles and transport the bottles. and this goes beyond bottles, according to rise above plastics, 1.5 million marine animals die each year because of plastics. as you know, modernest donates a portion of our profits to 5 gyres and surfrider – the plastic detritus in our seas is a disturbing and fatal reminder of our throwaway culture.

and so is this:seriously? “the water with all the answers”? what about answering this:  what about the planet? why jennifer aniston?

bottled water is the biggest scam. their “producers” destroy local lakes and waterways and then package and sell same water back to the residents and the country and the world. they create beautiful packaging and logos and marketing campaigns and make you want to buy something that is available naturally and for free (except for the souls who are too poor to have access to fresh drinking water). vitamin water, smart water, fiji water, dasani, aquafina…all b.s.

listen, back in the day, i, too, fell victim to the pretentiousness of bottled water. i swore by evian and volvic. i wouldn’t drink anything else. i claimed that i could taste the difference, that i was somehow more sophisticated because i drank water that was imported from france. c’est ridicule! but that was decades ago…today, people are growing more aware of the dangers of plastics, of bpa, of stupid marketing campaigns that tell you will be smarter, cooler, more beautiful if you drink their water. enough.

and if you need more reasons to stop, here are five more from the mother nature network.

and for some beautiful and motivating words written on this horrific situation, please visit my friend marie’s blog, the spirit factor.

ban the bottle. ban the bag. ban BP. get involved!

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new from annie leonard: the story of bottled water…

annie leonard (“the story of stuff“) is back with a quick and informative video,”the story of bottled water“. it is definitely worth a look. all about tap water in those heavily marketed plastic bottles with images of mountain springs (she suggests replacing them with mountains of unrecycled plastic bottles). did you know that those plastic bottles use the same amount of fuel that would fill 1 million cars? ridiculous.

i had blogged about her before, here’s the post in case you missed it.

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