Everything we buy requires energy to make, precious natural resources and takes a toll on our environment. We can do better when it comes to making and buying stuff. In fact, after watching this video on The Story of Stuff all I could think about was that an easy way for me to help would be to stop buying stuff (unless I really need it). And then when I do buy something I will pay more attention to buying better quality from companies that are better stewards of our resources and better employers of our workers, whether the item comes from the U.S. or abroad. This is a great 20 minute video by Annie Leonard and http://www.StoryofStuff.com. Consider watching the video and commenting here on how it has influenced / inspired you. Some additional ideas to think about - what could we do if we need something instead of buying it? Please let us know what you think.
Carl DeCesare is an Engineering Technology Teacher in the Niskayuna Central School District. "Engineering is about making dreams come true." I recommend http://pbskids.org/designsquad/index.html as a great place for kids to have fun learning about engineering. He can be reached through Member email.
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