The Stories!

2011 ,    » 11 Comments
Ratings: 8.26/10 from 19 users.

The Stories!If you liked The Story of Stuff, you'll sure like this excellent series of insightful videos.

Cap and Trade. Host Annie Leonard introduces the energy traders and Wall Street financiers and reveals the "devils in the details" in current cap and trade proposals: free permits to big polluters, fake offsets and distraction from whats really required to tackle the climate crisis.

Bottled Water. Over five minutes, the film explores the bottled water industry's attacks on tap water and its use of seductive, environmental-themed advertising to cover up the mountains of plastic waste it produces.

Cosmetics. This video examines the pervasive use of toxic chemicals in our everyday personal care products, from lipstick to baby shampoo. It also reveals the implications for consumer and worker health and the environment, and outlines ways we can move the industry away from hazardous chemicals and towards safer alternatives.

Electronics. High-tech revolution's collateral damage - 25 million tons of e-waste and counting, poisoned workers and a public left holding the bill. Host Annie Leonard takes viewers from the mines and factories where our gadgets begin to the horrific backyard recycling shops in China where many end up.

Citizens United v. FEC. An exploration of the inordinate power that corporations exercise in our democracy.

Broke. The United States isn't broke; We're the richest country on the planet and a country in which the richest among us are doing exceptionally well. But the truth is, our economy is broken, producing more pollution, greenhouse gasses and garbage than any other country. In these and so many other ways, it just isn't working.

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11 Comments / User Reviews

  1. IndustryOfBlame

    Not much new info here, but kudos for neat packaging and cool mom-narrator. Schools around the globe should show this doc in class.

  2. sknb
  3. sknb

    These are a great series. On their website, subtitles in multiple languages are available. I used the "Story of Stuff" in my adult education class.

  4. Roger Gordon
  5. Roger Gordon

    Two thumbs up! Easy fast forward and right to point. Can't agree more with make this mandatory for all schools.

  6. oQ
  7. oQ

    How about mandatory in all families, especially the ones with parents.

  8. Sieben Stern
  9. Sieben Stern

    i like her tap water one ;u;

  10. Ragin Redneck
  11. Ragin Redneck

    episode 4: congress within the US actually recently pushed through a law that says all laptop and cellphone chargers have to be universally interchangable.

  12. batvette
  13. batvette

    Re: Electronics: Perhaps unintentional but the message here is global socialism and one world government. Along the way, being implemented by us forcing our will and policies upon third world countries. In the name of capitalism it's condemned as imperialism, for those who intend an environmental agenda they think it's all good. The result is the same.
    Sorry but there is only so much wealth to go around, globalization has caused the fortunes of individuals in America and other industrialized nations to plummet while that wealth goes not to the poor in the rest of the world but to their corrupt leaders to skim off the top.
    Just remember this when you think you can curb climate change with lopsided legislation penalizing the "haves" for past sins. You can do that but don't complain you don't have the opportunities mom and dad had.

  14. N
  15. N

    Try understanding this after you have just watched an episode of Honey Boo Boo.

  16. Julu
  17. Julu

    i love their work!! good job!
    gets the basik information about the problems and the solution quite fast to the watcher :-)

    i would love to get the longer version as well... so that who wants can get more of this condenced information about it!!

  18. Leigh Atkins
  19. Leigh Atkins

    Haha - "We're trashing the planet & not even having fun doing it!".
    Ain't that the truth?

  20. Leigh Atkins
  21. Leigh Atkins

    Wow, this woman's biggest problem is that she still thinks that as a voter, she has power - pfft...

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