'The Story of Stuff': A Video Lesson in Environmentalism

Teaching kids that excessive consumption hurts the Earth

Monday, May 11, 2009

Activist Annie Leonard wanted to convey to kids that excessive consumption harms the Earth. So she made a simple web video. Now, millions have watched her film, The Story of Stuff, and thousands of teachers around the country are using it as a teaching tool in their classrooms. New York Times environment reporter Leslie Kaufman joins The Takeaway with a look at how a web phenomenon is helping to make up for textbooks that can't keep pace with evolving scientific understanding about the environment.

For more, read Leslie Kaufman's article, A Cautionary Video About America’s ‘Stuff’, in the New York Times.

You can view here The Story of Stuff:

Guests:

Leslie Kaufman

Hosted by:

Farai Chideya

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