Story of Stuff’s Revolutionary Videos: Interview with Annie Leonard

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Whats the story behind “The Story of Stuff?” Annie Leonard sits down with me today to discuss Story of Stuff, and her latest video, Citizens United vs. FEC. This landmark supreme court case gives corporations the same rights as humans, effectively putting all political power into corporations hands’ because they have the deepest pockets.  “Citizens United vs. FEC” is meant to educate the world on the injustice that has been done.  And more importantly, it is meant to unite millions throughout the US to push for a Constitutional Amendment and put democracy back into the peoples’ hands.

Topics:

-The amazing success of Story of Stuff

-Her Latest project coming out March 1st, 2011 – Citizens United vs FEC (Federal Election Commision)

-Corporate America’s Stranglehold on democracy

-Social Media’s power to rally millions of people throughout the world

-Her plans to rally people together to push for a US Constitutional Amendment!

-Much more

Resources Mentioned:

http://storyofstuff.com/

http://storyofcitizensunited.org

About Annie Leonard

Annie Leonard is the Director of the Story of Stuff Project and author of the book, The Story of Stuff (Free Press, March 2010).

In December 2007, Annie released The Story of Stuff, a hit 20-minute webfilm that takes viewers on a provocative and eye-opening tour of the often hidden costs of our consumer driven culture. The Story of Stuff has generated over 10 million views in more than 200 countries and territories since its launch, making it one of the most successful environmental-themed viral films of all time. The film has won numerous awards, including a South by Southwest Festival award, and in 2008 Annie was named one of Time Magazine’s Heroes of the Environment.

Annie has spent nearly two decades investigating and organizing on environmental health and justice issues, traveling to over 40 countries to visit the factories where our stuff is made and the dumps where it ends up. Annie’s films, writing and presentations combine solid information and first hand investigative reporting with a profound sense of hope that we can, indeed must, find a more sustainable way to meet our material needs.

Prior to directing the Story of Stuff Project, Annie worked for the Funders Workgroup for Sustainable Production & Consumption, the Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA), Health Care Without Harm, Essential Action and Greenpeace International. She is currently on the boards of the International Forum on Globalization and GAIA and has previously served on the Boards of the Grassroots Recycling Network, the Environmental Health Fund, Global Greengrants India and Greenpeace India.

Annie completed her undergraduate studies at Barnard College, Columbia University and graduate work in City and Regional Planning at Cornell University. (bio)

 

 

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