Environmental activist Annie Leonard exposes the hidden costs of accumulating ever more and better “stuff” in her 20-minute film “The Story of Stuff”. Regis University is very excited to welcome Annie Leonard to the campus to speak about her work on Tuesday, March 29 at 8pm in the Student Center Dining Hall, located at our main Lowell campus in Denver. The event is free and open to the public.
Leonard’s inspiration for “The Story of Stuff” began as a personal musing over the question, “Where does all the stuff we buy come from, and where does it go when we throw it out?” She traveled to over 40 countries in pursuit of the answer to this seemingly innocent question, and what she found along the way were some very guilty participants and their unfortunate victims.
An expert in international sustainability and environmental health issues, Leonard has more than 20 years of experience investigating factories and dumps around the world. In her work investigating and promoting anti-pollution issues, her travels have taken her to Haiti, Bangladesh, India, the Philippines, Pakistan and South Africa. In 2008, she was named one of TIME Magazine’s Environmental Heroes.
Earlier this month Leonard penned an article in the Huffington Post, “Why Democracy Only Works When People Are in Charge,” which stated that, “There’s no reason we can’t have an economy that provides secure jobs and a healthy environment. There’s no reason we can’t have clean energy, good schools and all the other basics that would make life in America even better. This is America, after all. We are blessed with natural resources and a can-do spirit: we dream big, we aim high, we work together to overcome challenges.”
Using her signature “Story of Stuff” video style to get the message across, “The Story of Citizens United v. FEC (2011)” explains how this Supreme Court ruling is enabling corporations to spend as much money as they choose to influence election outcomes. At the same time, both the article and video emphasize that we live in a “Democracy: government of the people, by the people, for the people. Which is why we need to band together to do two things: get the corporations out of our democracy and get the people back in.”
The event is part of Women’s History Month, and it is co-sponsored by Women’s and Gender Studies, Environmental Studies, RUSGA, Student Activities, and the Institute on the Common Good.