CHE Cafe call with Annie Leonard, author of the Story of Stuff

May 4, 2010
2:00 pm US Eastern Time

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CHE was pleased to host Annie Leonard, author of The Story of Stuff (Free Press, March 2010) and Director of the Story of Stuff Project, which produced the award-winning webfilm, The Story of Stuff, on a CHE Cafe call.

CHE Director Elise Miller, MEd, facilitated the conversation.

More about Annie Leonard

In December 2007, Annie released The Story of Stuff, a hit 20-minute webfilm that takes viewers on a provocative and eye-opening tour of the often hidden costs of our consumer driven culture. The Story of Stuff has generated over 10 million views in more than 200 countries and territories since its launch, making it one of the most successful environmental-themed viral films of all time. The film has won numerous awards, including a South by Southwest Festival award, and in 2008 Annie was named one of Time Magazine's Heroes of the Environment.

Annie has spent nearly two decades investigating and organizing on environmental health and justice issues, traveling to over 40 countries to visit the factories where our stuff is made and the dumps where it ends up. Annie's films, writing and presentations combine solid information and first hand investigative reporting with a profound sense of hope that we can, indeed must, find a more sustainable way to meet our material needs.

Prior to directing the Story of Stuff Project, Annie worked for the Funders Workgroup for Sustainable Production & Consumption, the Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA), Health Care Without Harm, Essential Action and Greenpeace International. She is currently on the boards of the International Forum on Globalization and GAIA and has previously served on the Boards of the Grassroots Recycling Network, the Environmental Health Fund, Global Greengrants India and Greenpeace India.