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Monday, 6 December 2010

Story of Stuff, Full Version; How Things Work, About Stuff



Thanks Veggie PAK for this link. This is a good and easy to understand video on where things are going wrong in our present system. The key, as in permaculture, is to find a circular not a linear system.

10 comments:

Veggie PAK said...

Thank you for posting it! I'm a novice at blogging, so I didn't even know it was possible. I hope all visitors watch it! Thanks!

Stefaneener said...

I keep trying to get my kids to watch it. Some day. I'm constantly on "stuff prowl" at home, trying to move things out. It's hard in our culture and with a largeish family.

Heiko said...

I remember when I was first taught about in economics when I was in middle school back in the 70's and was told that the conomy needed to grow every year. I was thinking to myself: "but how can that be possible?".

MikeH said...

You say "but how can that be possible". Very easy - make stuff that breaks and needs to be replaced. Then encourage people to borrow to buy the stuff that breaks.

Heiko said...

Obviously, Mike, but nothing can go on growing forever.

vrtlarica said...

I am considered a very odd person as I drive 14 year old Skoda car and don't buy shoes until the current ones have holes... I never thought of why I am like that, but this video probalby articulates it the best.
I watched the video yesterday and shared it with my friend here. I hope that some if it stays with them.

contadina said...

Karl Marx predicted capitalism would eat itself because greed carried to its logical extreme is totally dysfunctional and cannot sustain itself.

The search for never ending growth solely for the creation of shareholder value and subsequent short-termism could well be the nail in the coffin and that's before you even look at the environmental impact.

Large corporations rule the world and capitalism is only concerned with creating profit, with no obligation to society or the planet. Most definitely a wake-up call and time for change.

Heiko said...

Vrtlarica, keep on spreading the message!

Contadina, You don't even need Marx to see through what is really common sense. If I thought that when I was taught economics at the age of 14, surely everyone can see through it if they want.

Luckily there are some of us out there who want tochange the status quo and start with themselves rather than just talking grand theories.

contadina said...

I don't think there's nearly enough groundswell yet Heiko :(.

I used to write for various financial publications and it's pretty shocking how no one ever questions the continued growth mantra, nor the adverse affects it has on both people and the planet.

Consumerism leads people to convince themselves that it's okay for people to produce those goods in far-flung sweatshops; as being paid peanuts is better than nothing, right?

More protests, such as UK Uncut shaming corporations who happily dodge paying taxes is a good start but weening people from buying the tat produced by these corporations is not going to happen overnight.

LindyLouMac said...

Interesting and certainly gives one plenty to think about.