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Our Trash Trawl Discovery: Plastic, Inspiration and Hope

By Douglas Weissburger, Story of Stuff Community Member In September, I went out on the Chesapeake Bay with my 15-year-old daughter, Lillian, for a “trash trawl.” The way it works is that researchers gather water samples for lab evaluation to better understand the trash problem in the Bay, particularly as it relates to plastic in our watersheds. We were invited...

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A Big Win!

Great news! On Friday, September 4th, 2015, the California State Senate passed landmark legislation banning the use of plastic microbeads in personal care products! Now it’s on to the Governor’s desk for his signature. This legislation marks a huge turning point in efforts to stop billions of these plastic beads from entering our oceans, bays, lakes and rivers every day....

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Cultivating Climate Justice: A Tale of Two Cities

This is a tale of two U.S. cities building solutions to the climate crisis from the bottom up. We start in the Northeast of the country, with Cooperative Energy, Recycling and Organics (CERO), a newly formed worker-owned cooperative in Boston, Massachusetts. While providing family-supporting jobs for the community, CERO works with businesses on separating out materials that can be recovered....

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Choose Family over Frenzy

By Annie Leonard When I turned on my computer today, I had 8 emails from vendors announcing special low prices — Black Friday deals — available all week. I waded through the Black Friday junk mail, tapping away at my delete button, to find the one email I sought: the message from my neighbor with the menu, schedule and guest...

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Our Next Movie Needs You

Our team spent last Wednesday in a studio shooting our next movie — The Story of Change. I’m more excited to share this movie with you than any of the six we’ve made since releasing the original Story of Stuff because it explains how we can make big change together by exercising our citizen muscles.

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I Know You Can Relate

Have you ever hit the point of feeling completely overwhelmed? Last week I spoke with five separate people who have been personally affected by cancer. Then last night I opened the National Geographic to unwind and learned that black rhinos are being poached to the point of extinction, mostly for their horns’ use in medicinal powders, including a “cure” for...

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Not quite ready for compost worms…

In January, Pennsylvania resident Karla Trotman spent a day in her home with our very own Annie Leonard for a taping of ABC daytime show The Revolution.

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Annie’s live chat with Treehugger

Originally archived by Treehugger.

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Stop Shopping, Start Living

Dear friend, I’m back in California today preparing for Thanksgiving with family and friends after a week on the road. Revisionist history aside, Thanksgiving is a great holiday — an opportunity in the midst of our hectic year-end hustle and bustle to spend two days pausing, recharging, and looking into the faces of loved ones rather than our computer screens.

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Rosa González: WATER WORKS

Post written by Rosa González from Green For All  Every year, enough untreated sewage escapes into our waterways to completely cover the state of Pennsylvania in sludge an inch thick. Yuck. So what if there were a way to fix that – while putting over 1.8 million people to work and adding more than a quarter of a trillion dollars...

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“We’re just trying to save the environment”

In this inspiring little video produced by our friends at the Dogwood Alliance, you’ll see 10-year-old Cole and three of his friends travel from North Carolina to the KFC headquarters in Louisville, KY to deliver over 6000 hand-drawn postcards from youth across the South asking the company to green their packaging. As Cole put it: ” We just want them to use...

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Nestle rejects pumping from Wacissa for its bottled water plan

Originally Posted by Mary Ellen Klas. The headwaters of North Florida’s spring-fed Wacissa River has been the source of an intense local feud over whether to allow Nestle Waters North America to pump water from the spring for use in its Madison County bot­tling plant. Grassroots lobbying groups mounted an educational campaign to prevent the pumping. Nestle ordered a scientific review. On...

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Happy Planet Index (or Economics as if People and the Planet Mattered)

Last week, I finally got to meet the people at the New Economics Foundation, whose motto is “economics as if people and the planet mattered.” These are the guys in London who create the fascinating Happy Planet Index, or HPI, which evaluates countries based on 3 components: their level of health, level of well-being and rate of resource consumption. Basically,...

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Moving beyond the false divide of environment versus economy

I was recently at a meeting near Washington, D.C. where speakers kept mentioning a new Gallup poll showing that Americans care more about the economy than the environment. Gallup say this is the first time the U.S. public has prioritized economic growth over environmental protection since it started asking this question in 1984.

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Sharing is a two way street

Over the past two years, a network of over 300,000 people like you has grown up around The Story of Stuff Project. You count on us to produce high quality, easy to understand movies on the topics you and your communities care about. Movies like The Story of  Bottled Water and The Story of Citizens United v. FEC. We count on you...

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