Wednesday, September 16, 2009

The story of stuff

Amongst the news of the success of various stimulus payments and the rebirth of our national economies from the rubble of the financial crisis comes a report by a team of international authors led by Nobel-price winning economist Joseph Stiglitz and commissioned by French President Nicolas Sarkozy that questions the very basis of how we measure our wealth. A link to the full report can be found at the Globalpost website.

This reminded me of the wonderful animation "The story of stuff" with Annie Leonard which explores the modern cycle of production (posted below). The website for "The story of stuff" has further links.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

The age of stupid and who is going to pick up the bill

In this four-minute movie produced by Peter Wedel the CO2 intensive lifestyle of an urban dweller (played by Benno Fürmann) is put in contrast to the people in developing countries which are affected most by Climate Change. (more info at

Australian per capita emissions top even those of most other developed nations, including those mentioned in the movie. For the most up-to-date information on Australian emissions see Australia's National Greenhouse Accounts.

The new documentary "The Age of Stupid" by McLibel director Franny Armstrong looks beyond this immediate scenario and shows that in the end, climate change will affect all of us, no matter how sheltered we in the developed world deem ourselves from the effects of global warming. The message is clear: the time for change is now.

The Age of Stupid will be screening in Australia later this month.