How We Can (Really) Fix Our Crappy Economy
Last year I posted a video titled “The Story of Stuff,” featuring the inspiring and engaging Annie Leonard.
This video explained, in plain terms and with enjoyable animation, why our current consumerist paradigm is not sustainable, and why we ought to consider how our drive for “more” affects people around the world, the environment, global resources and our fellow animals.
The Story of Solutions (featured above) is the latest installment in The Story of Stuff Project‘s video series and moves beyond why we need to fix our economy into how we can actually begin to do that:
“What if the goal of our economy wasn’t more, but better—better health, better jobs and a better chance to survive on the planet? Shouldn’t that be what winning means?
“Changing the goal of the entire economy—from more to better—is a huge task. We can’t do it all at once. But by focusing on game-changing solutions, we can steadily build an economy that values things like safer, healthier and more fair as much as we currently value faster, cheaper, and newer.”
These game-changing solutions will begin through making shifts in our daily lives and in the communities we belong to; through implementing common concepts like buying less and repurposing, reusing, recycling and simply learning to “share.”
“Things like bike share programs and online platforms that let us share everything from our cars to our homes get us off the treadmill of more, more, more; conserve resources, give people access to stuff they otherwise couldn’t afford, and build community.” – It’s Time to Replace More with Better, storyofstuff.org
Sounds like the kind of world I would like live in! How about you?