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The Story of Stuff

December 7th, 2007 by Dave · No Comments

The Story of Stuff is a great video that takes you through the lifespan of our stuff – extraction, production, distribution, consumption and disposal. It points out the problems of running a linear process like this within a closed system (the Earth) and links to a lot of great resources. In addition to being able to view it on the web, you can also download it, which is very useful for folks like me who do not have reliable internet connections in our classrooms.

To use this in class, I would begin by having students discuss their stuff. For example, I might ask them to think about their MP3 players or cell phones. Where did they come from? Who made them? What, if any, harmful effects did their creation have? Are there any harmful effects to using them? How will they be thrown away?

We would then watch the video (or part of the video) and stop to discuss vocabulary for each chapter. Finally, I would do some sort of follow up activity asking students to reflect on their own consumption. This is a particularly timely topic in countries that celebrate Christmas, but is appropriate elsewhere as well.

via No Impact Man

Tags: blog · consumerism · ESL activity · global issues activities · listening · the environment · video

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