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The Story of Stuff

My cousin Alana sent me a link to the Story of Stuff with Annie Leonard today. It is a 20-minute Flash animated presentation about our world of consumption. The straight-talk and simple illustrations in the film cleverly depict the sad reality of our consumption habit, and how it is destroying the planet.

The site is not all doom and gloom though, and does not come off as preachy. There is a playful humor in the animation and thankfully no “10 simple steps” list provided for such a complex problem. This is an awareness piece, which lets you decide how best to make a difference. The good news is that there are great people and organizations working hard to reverse these patterns destroying our planet. Is it too little too late though? Hopefully not!

If you like the idea of having a sustainable world, something to leave behind for future generations… I highly recommend a viewing! It just might change the way you look at things a bit, and perhaps motivate you to do whatever you can to contribute less to the problem.

Also kudos to the design house behind this site, Free Range Studios. They did a really nice job integrating interactive features into the presentation.

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