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Come discover what you already have.

Kind of a fun idea, huh? Taking photos that represent the intangible moments that make life worth living. It would be neat to do with the kids in the weeks leading up to Christmas. Making your own little pictorial representation of all of the things, places, people, memories and ideas that you hold dear. Things that you have and take for granted. Things that are worth far more than anything you could ever buy in any store.

I think I’ll take a little poll of the kids and ask them what things would be in their top ten.

Here’s a picture that represents something that money could never buy:

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stuff 2Of the 100 largest economies in the world, 51% are corporations.

The US has less than 4% of their original forest left.

40% of the fresh water in the US is undrinkable.
The Amazon forest loses the equivalent of 7 football fields of trees to harvesting every minute.
      
The USA has 5% of the world’s population, but consumes 30% of the world’s resources, and produces 30% of the waste. If the whole world consumed on this scale, we would need 3-5 planet Earths to live on.

Over 100,000 synthetic chemicals are used in the production of consumer goods.

The US produces 4,000,000 pounds of toxic chemicals every year.

Human breast milk, being on the top of the food chain, is one of the most concentrated sources of toxic chemicals.

Only 1% of all consumer goods purchased in the United States are still being used within 6 months of the date of sale. 99% are trashed.

These are some of the tidbits I learned when I watched The Story of Stuff, released last week in California, and available for viewing online. It is a simple, powerful video that explains  the linear system of consumption in North America. Very visual, very straightforward, and although packed with information, basic enough to be understandable to kids.

I found it on the Challenging Assumptions website.

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