pollution

Stuff: The Solution is not for Sale

During the Stone Age, Homo habilis apparently created and used tools. It could be argued that this was the beginning of man’s affinity for stuff. Tools were, and are, valuable and worth carting around from place to place. Speaking of carting, it’s stuff that was the impetus behind the invention of the wheel in the late Neolithic era. Wheels were used to make pottery — ahem, more stuff — and to build horse-driven chariots to carry stuff.

While tools and wheels are pretty fundamental items, many of the things we purchase today are not as necessary. At Mountainfilm in Telluride 2012, we showed Living Tiny, a film about downsizing living spaces. In it, one character says, “ People like having lots of stuff, Americans in particular. Ultimately, you can only occupy 12 square feet of space at a time. Everything else is just a place to keep your stuff.”

New Campaign from 350.org: Take Action on Money Pollution

350.org launched a new campaign recently called the "US Chamber Doesn't Speak For Me" to "show that when it comes to climate and energy, the US Chamber of Commerce represents the interests of big polluters, not everyday American business."

Bill McKibben, 350.org founder, wrote a great article in response to attacks on the campaign in the Washington Post:

The Chamber of Commerce spends more money than anyone else lobbying Congress. They dropped hundreds of thousands on the last state elections in Wisconsin, all of it for the side now standing up for union-busting, I mean human freedom.

So what's the goal of the campaign?

Getting more and more businesses and local Chambers of Commerce to stand up and say, "the US Chamber of Commerce doesn't speak for me." Businesses like Apple, PG&E and Microsoft who have all quit the U.S. Chamber due to its climate policy. And what will the result be?