Annie Leonard made a splash with her viral video about our consumerist society, “The Story of Stuff,” which inspired a book, an in-depth website, and a series of spinoffs. Her latest installment in the series is “The Story of Broke” — watch it here:
The video in a nutshell:
The Story of Broke: Why there’s still plenty of money to build a better future
The United States isn’t broke; we’re the richest country on the planet and a country in which the richest among us are doing exceptionally well. But the truth is, our economy is broken, producing more pollution, greenhouse gases, and garbage than any other country. In these and so many other ways, it just isn’t working. But rather than invest in something better, we continue to keep this “dinosaur economy” on life support with hundreds of billions of dollars of our tax money. “The Story of Broke” calls for a shift in government spending toward investments in clean, green solutions — renewable energy, safer chemicals and materials, zero waste, and more — that can deliver jobs and a healthier environment. It’s time to rebuild the American Dream; but this time, let’s build it better.