Sustainability in its most textbook form refers to meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. ( Defined by The S.C. Sustainability Network )
Sustainability has its roots in our consumptive nature. Each and every one of us consumes products and services each and every day. Sustainability asks us to consider how we consume our cultural, natural and personal resources.
We all may define sustainability differently, depending upon our personal, political, and spiritual values.
When I assess my relationship in reference to my surroundings, I begin to develop an understanding of sustainability. It is difficult to have a positive relationship and not be responsible. Responsibility is the bedrock for a better tomorrow, a duty to consider each of my choices as I go through my day and think about how it may impact people, places and things tomorrow, next week, next year or the next century.
So, for me, sustainability is a responsible relationship in which my personal, political, spiritual and environmental values develop and grow me as an individual, minimize the consumptive power upon my surroundings, and hopefully guarantee a future for those who follow in my wake.
The Story of Stuff is a 20-minute, fast-paced, fact-filled look at the underside of our production and consumption patterns, with a special focus on the United States. All the stuff in our lives, beginning from the extraction of the resources to make it, through its production, sale, use and disposal, affects communities at home and abroad, yet most of this is hidden from view. The Story of Stuff exposes the connections between a huge number of environmental and social issues and calls for all of us 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.
Written by Annie Leonard, the film was produced by Free Range Studios the makers of other socially-minded, web-based films such as “The Meatrix” and “Grocery Store Wars.” Funding for the project came from The Sustainability Funders and Tides Foundation.
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