During 2007 a sinister video was released entitled The Story of Stuff. The film lasts 20 minutes and is pitched to be a factual overview of human consumption. Apparently, the movie became popular with academia that, according to The New York Times, over 7000 schools, churches and others purchased the movie on DVD.
The movie’s premise demonstrates what environmentalists think of the United States. It not only demonizes capitalism but also accuses corporations of being involved in the production of goods and services for utilizing finite resources while using questionable statistics grounded in Malthusianism. The movie also makes the case that Americans (especially children) should be ashamed of their wealth and prosperity. One scene hints that if you buy a radio at a local store that sells electronics, like Walmart or Radio Shack, you are contributing to the poor conditions of people who work in third world countries and the razing of their country’s finite resources.
In terms of children, the movie does its job of shaming children for the things they have since they are told they are contributing to the Earth’s demise. As The New York Times points out:
And many children who watch it take it to heart: riding in the car one day with his parents in Tacoma, Wash., Rafael de la Torre Batker, 9, was worried about whether it would be bad for the planet if he got a new set of Legos.
The film has actually been shown in many classrooms across the globe too. The Times states that it has been shown in classrooms in Montana, California and even Papua, New Guinea. The report goes on to say:
….hundreds of teachers have written Ms. Leonard to say they have assigned students to view it on the Web. It has also won support from independent groups that advise teachers on curriculum choices. Facing the Future, a curriculum developer for schools in all 50 states, is drafting lesson plans based on the video.
If there is any doubt about the film and its maker’s intent, consider the background of Annie Leonard. She is the Executive Director of Greenpeace who in 2008 was dubbed A Hero of the Environment by TIME Magazine who praised Leonard stating her movie is provocative truth-telling help[s] us see the profound stupidity of this system. The organization that financed Annie Leonard’s project is the Tides Foundation which is a money laundering operation for the Left known to bankroll environmentalist groups among the causes the organization supports.
Parents should make it a point to know what their children are being taught in school and halt efforts like the one that resulted in this movie from being used in the classroom. The film promotes the idea that not only is capitalism bad but it also condemns people’s egos. Consequently, that can result in them thinking they should not even want toys which results in a hindering their sense of fun and imagination. In short, it is a visual depiction of environmentalism’s damnation of human existence. If you can stomach it and would like to see for yourself, The Story of Stuff in its entirety is below.