I enjoy pretty much everything there is that has to do with the outdoors. Some of my most peaceful moments have been while walking through the forest, sitting on a beach, or boating (minus the loud engine). Accordingly I have a great respect for nature and enjoy learning about the plants and wildlife therein. My plan is to continue that learning process and hopefully enhance it by sharing what I learn. I intend for this blog to serve many purposes, but in the immediate future it will be a place for me, and hopefully others, to share ideas about reducing our individual impact on this planet, protecting wild spaces, and in general just to comment on the things we enjoy most in the great outdoors. I welcome all opinions as otherwise you cannot consider every aspect of a subject. However, I would ask that every opinion be expressed in a respectful way and considered with an open mind. Often there is no single right answer. Thanks.







Saturday, September 22, 2012

Check out the Story of Stuff

A friend of mine recommended the Story of Stuff to me some time ago.  Unfortunately, or fortunately depending on your viewpoint, I do not spend much time sitting down watching TV or movies/documentaries on my computer.  She recently reminded me that it was only 20 minutes long so I sat down with my kids the other night and watched it.  It was great.

In my post Not Loving Cell Phone Companies I complain about how people change their cell phones like underwear.  Sometimes I know that something is not right but I cannot articulate what it is that bothers me about it.  The Story of Stuff articulates what I dislike about our materialistic society and explains in detail the process that is so wrong.

My husband recently said to me that he is getting a new cell phone at work - the contract is up and so they are upgrading.  A perfect example of both planned and perceived obsolescence.  Planned because my husband says the apps do not work well on the old phone, perceived because I am sure that he could do without some of those apps.  Both of my kids said, "Dad needs to watch The Story of Stuff".  This made me laugh because I was not sure how much they understood.  We did talk about it, and I paused it a couple times to explain words they were not familiar with, but I think the message was pretty clear to them anyway.

There are also other movies on their website.  I watched their new one, The Story of Change, which is quite short and seems more like a way to build up their contacts.  I also watched The Story of Cap & Trade.  I found this one quite interesting as I hear about Cap and Trade quite often in the media and have not read much about how it works.  This movie provides a viewpoint that I have not heard before.

As I have mentioned before I do not like to tell people what to think, or believe.  I do like to provide links to information that I find interesting, or that gives information you may not find in your standard news media.  If you get a chance I think the The Story of Stuff is a good, short movie to check out.  Enjoy!