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The Story of Stuff w/Annie Leonard--Consumers & Climate Change

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program: 
Evening News
program date: 
Thu, 04/03/2008

 

Much of what is said about responding to climate change and the coming climate crisis puts the responsibility on the consumer, on the individual.  We're told to buy fluorescent light bulbs, or hybrid cars, or recycled paper, or other products - and that's supposed to somehow save us from massive species extinction.  Or we hear about 'carbon trading', a system that will allow the largest polluters to keep polluting at the same level.

Neither the current administration, nor any of the candidates, have put forward a plan that really recognizes the seriousness of the situation we're in.  At the current rate of climate change, we will face massive species extinction - including the human species - within decades.  The UN Commission on Climate Change has recognized this, the scientific community worldwide has a consensus that this is a reality, yet the US economy continues rushing forward like a steamroller toward this certain death.

But despite the resistance of government and industry, there  are people and groups who are developing a real plan that  can  address and reverse the trend of global climate change.  We'll hear from several of them tonight on this special program on Sustainable solutions to climate crisis.

First, the Story of Stuff, with Annie Leonard.

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