Saturday, December 5, 2009

The story of stuff

Having posted Annie Leonard’s piece on emission’s trading, I thought it would be worth highlighting her original introductory video the Story of Stuff

This is a very introduction to how the world works — how things get produced, sold, consumed and turned into waste.

The story of cap and trade: a short video on the reality of emissions trading

Some strange, disturbing and frankly ridiculous political games and fights that have dominated Oz politics over the last couple of weeks or so.

The debate in the Liberal Party over climate change and the Rudd government’s emissions trading bill was accurately described by Green Left Weekly’s Simon Butler as a fight between the climate deniers and the climate pretenders.

Therefore I am glad that the first post on my blog is this short video explaining why emissions trading is not serious climate action.

Here is the spiel, followed by the video:

“The Story of Cap & Trade is a fast-paced, fact-filled look at the leading climate solution being discussed at Copenhagen and on Capitol Hill.

“Host Annie Leonard introduces the energy traders and Wall Street financiers at the heart of this scheme and reveals the ‘devils in the details’ in current cap and trade proposals: free permits to big polluters, fake offsets and distraction from what’s really required to tackle the climate crisis.

“If you’ve heard about Cap & Trade, but aren’t sure how it works (or who benefits), this is the film is for you.”

The Story of Cap & Trade from Story of Stuff Project on Vimeo.

For more information, and to see Leonard’s earlier, great short video The Story of Stuff, click here.