I watch a lot of films and read a lot of books and magazines. I have to. I study sustainability, and am president of an organization that promotes sustainability. There is admittedly more to learn than I can handle.
The topics are not new; people in the know have been studying, predicting, writing, making films for years now. Some of us are just beginning to listen, feeling the creep of dread as each news story of cataclysmic weather and each demonstration and each economic crisis comes to our attention.
One easy and entertaining way to get information fast is to watch Annie Leonard’s “Story of …” videos. Each is only about 7 minutes long, and provides a basic explanation of the issue being illuminated. Her first such video was “The Story of Stuff,” but I discover she’s gone much further. There are now short videos on: Story of Broke, Story of Citizens United vs. FEC, Story of Electronics, Story of Cosmetics, Story of Bottled Water, Story of Cap and Trade. Leonard is optimistic, obviously believeing we can make the changes necessary to save our necks.
These videos are cut-down, fast-moving, and cover just the basics, giving me a framework to understand what assaults me daily in my reading and viewing. I have “favorited” the site, and watch a video or two each week. It’s a nice break from the usual. Here is where you can find them. You will be able to click on each movie from the top menu bar, MOVIES.