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This post is part of a new series called E.C.S.T.A.S.Y.End Consumption, Save The Air & Sea, Y'all!   It's a support group and discussion forum for those who want to kick the habits of consumption that are damaging the world we live in.

If you haven't yet heard of Annie Leonard and her very popular online video The Story of Stuff, there's still time to get with it, y'all!   Leonard's just released a new book with the same title and.... this is so exciting...  she'll be here in DC (!!!) this evening hosting a book signing event, at my favorite independent bookstore, Politics and Prose.  That's tonight, Sunday March 14, at 5 pm, Eastern Daylight Time.  See below the fold for the coordinates.

Hey, y'all, this woman really gets it, and she tells it like it is so well that everybody else gets it too.  In my view, President Obama really goofed up by passing her over as Secretary of Commerce.    

Calling all Washingtonians, come on out this evening to see Annie Leonard talk about her new book and inspire us all to buy smarter and for goodness sakes to buy less stuff -  except for, uh, her new book!

The event is free, and she'll even custom-sign the cover page, making it a collector's item!  

*** Coordinates: 5 pm, Sunday March 14 at Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave in Northwest DC ***

Annie Leonard has also distilled down into plain language other important topics related to our obsession with over-consumption and the literal trashing of the planet.  It's truthful story-telling with captivating simplicity --- understandable enough for a fifth grader or your average Member of Congress -- and engaging enough for your precocious five-year-old.  

Besides Annie's excellent "stuff" video and book, she has an assortment of other stuff....  

For you video-gamers and iPhoners....
The Story of Electronics

For you climate-change-low-carbon-society wonks and wonkettes,
The Story of Cap and Trade

And for you thirsty souls, coming March 22:
The Story of Bottled Water

So come on out and check it out.  Or if you're not from DC (be thankful for that!), you can still get the book at your local indy book store, they're a dying breed and need all the help they can get!  Better yet, borrow it from your local library, or a friend, or just watch the free videos.  My rating:  five stars, guaranteed not to disappoint.  


Politics and Prose book event for The Story of Stuff

The Story of Stuff

The Reverend Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping

An invaluable tool for calculating the ecological footprint of your lifestyle, from the good folks at Redefining Progress.  

and by the way.... if any of our readers know of a resource that should be included in ECSTASY diaries, please include the link and a few words about it in the comments!

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Housekeeping Note:   ECSTASY diaries will appear most often on weekends, and at other times depending on the convenience of the diary author.  All diaries dealing with the problems of living in a Consumerist society are potential candidates.  If you think you've got something to contribute, please contact WarrenS and he'll schedule you in.  

The next diary planned is expected to appear on Wednesday evening; G2Geek will continue discussing the importance of measuring your consumption.  On Sunday, March 21, we will hear from from RL Miller on the subject of Chickens.

The ECSTASY series thus far:

February 28: Introducing ECSTASY.
March 7: The Work of Julian Lee and Juliet Schor: Two Voices of Sanity.
March 10: G2Geek's Measure The Power.

Originally posted to Earthfire on Sun Mar 14, 2010 at 06:13 AM PDT.

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Comment Preferences

  •  No tip jar? (2+ / 0-)
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    Land of Enchantment, WarrenS

    What's up?

  •  see you there tonite! (3+ / 0-)
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    Boston to Salem, WarrenS, patrickz

    I'm flying in from SXSW in Austin just in time. Annie lives in a cohousing-style old-fashioned neighborhood in my hometown, where neighbors connect and share.

    She's also speaking at the Ecology Center in Berkeley next week.

    R (glad you started this series because otherwise I might have to! Will pitch some diaries I've been meaning to write along these lines)

    P.S. It looks like you wrote the diary long enough before posting to avoid the auto-tip-jar, so please do post one.

  •  Great idea for a diary series (5+ / 0-)

    I used 'The Story of Stuff' in my Biodiversity and Sustainability seminar last fall.  It got mixed reviews - it does have a great message and it is presented in a very appealing style.  However there are a number of statements made in it that I found distractingly implausible.  The one that sticks out in my mind was that 99% of stuff purchased is thrown away within 6 months.  What kinds of 'stuff' are included on this list?  Food?  Cleaning supplies?  Magazines?  I find it difficult to believe that 99% of durable goods are trashed within six months.  So I was left with the feeling that either it was wrong or it was using a misleading definition of stuff.

    I don't want to seem like I am really anti -'Story of Stuff'.  As I said I thought it was really well presented.  And perhaps I and my honors students were not a typical audience.  I just want to point out the importance of accuracy.

    I look forward to more diaries in this series.

    "We are normal and we want our freedom" - Bonzos

    by matching mole on Sun Mar 14, 2010 at 06:34:11 AM PDT

    •  Can you do a diary or two for this series? (2+ / 0-)
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      matching mole, patrickz

      If you're leading a seminar on Biodiversity and Sustainability, sounds like you've got some stuff we need to hear.

      Freedom isn't "on the march." Freedom dances.

      by WarrenS on Sun Mar 14, 2010 at 06:36:30 AM PDT

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      •  Sure - maybe in a month or so (0+ / 0-)

        I'm not really an expert or anything - it just seemed like a useful thing to do - try and give some elite college students some basic info.

        I'm kind of swamped at work right now (and planning to start my own diaries centering around the international year of biodiversity) - but I could do something in April or (even better) May.

        "We are normal and we want our freedom" - Bonzos

        by matching mole on Sun Mar 14, 2010 at 10:58:14 AM PDT

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    •  Same here (1+ / 0-)
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      matching mole

      While I'm completely behind the message, I nearly certain there are some claims which are factually wrong, exaggerated or stated in a misleading fashion, which always leaves me wondering about the accuracy of some of the other claims.

      That, in turn, tends to foster "solutions" which are ideologically satisfying but not as useful as more mundane changes in behavior which are less spectacular but more beneficial in the long run.

      Bitte sag mir wer das Märchen vom Erwachsen sein erfand

      by badger on Sun Mar 14, 2010 at 08:48:58 AM PDT

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  •  More info on Annie Leonard from Wiki: (3+ / 0-)
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    palantir, greengemini, patrickz

    Annie Leonard was born 1964 in Seattle, Washington, where she also grew up. She has an undergraduate degree from Barnard College and a graduate degree from Cornell University in city and regional planning.[2] She has a daughter named Dewi, born in 1999. As of November 2009, she lived in the Bay Area with her daughter.


    In addition to her work on the Story of Stuff documentary, Leonard is co-creator and coordinator of GAIA (Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives)[5] and serves on the boards of International Forum for Globalization and the Environmental Health Fund. She previously held positions with Health Care Without Harm, Essential Information and Greenpeace International, and is currently coordinator of the Funders Workgroup for Sustainable Production and Consumption.[1] In 1992 she testified in front of the US Congress on the topic of international waste trafficking.[2]


    Freedom isn't "on the march." Freedom dances.

    by WarrenS on Sun Mar 14, 2010 at 06:37:55 AM PDT

  •  Here's her Google Profile: (4+ / 0-)

    Annie has spent nearly two decades investigating and organizing on environmental health and justice issues. She has traveled to 40 countries, visiting literally hundreds of factories where our stuff is made and dumps where our stuff is dumped. Witnessing first hand the horrendous impacts of both over- and under- consumption around the world, Annie is fiercely dedicated to reclaiming and transforming our industrial and economic systems so they serve, rather than undermine, ecological sustainability and social equity.

    Annie is currently the Director of The Story of Stuff Project. Prior to this, most recently, Annie coordinated the Funders Workgroup for Sustainable Production and Consumption, a funder collaborative seeking to address the hidden environmental and social impacts of current systems of making, using and throwing away all the stuff of daily life.

    She has also worked with GAIA (Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives), Health Care Without Harm, Essential Action and Greenpeace International.


    This woman is a global treasure.

    Freedom isn't "on the march." Freedom dances.

    by WarrenS on Sun Mar 14, 2010 at 06:43:12 AM PDT

  •  She was on Colbert last week: (4+ / 0-)

    I can't figure out the embed code, so here's the link.

    Freedom isn't "on the march." Freedom dances.

    by WarrenS on Sun Mar 14, 2010 at 06:49:08 AM PDT

  •  Great idea for a series! (4+ / 0-)

    We have been workign on this in our household for about a year now. It's really something you have to be willing to work on over time.

    Here's another great and related blog about reducing plastic in your life:



    All Kossacks are my allies.

    by Boston to Salem on Sun Mar 14, 2010 at 07:38:09 AM PDT

  •  Heh; I wrote about her this week too (1+ / 0-)
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    after her appearance on Colbert

    We need more like her

    The best way to save the planet is to keep laughing!

    by LaughingPlanet on Sun Mar 14, 2010 at 10:36:10 AM PDT

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