We’re not broke.
In early March, over 40 members of the Story of Stuff community gathered online to talk with a dynamic group of movers and shakers about getting their money out of nasty mega banks and holding them to a higher standard. With folks on the line from The New Bottom Line, Green America, New York Communities for Change, the Responsible Endowment Coalition, and PACT, we chatted with representatives from schools, churches, community organizations who have made the switch and are investing their money in a better future and healthier planet….
Post written by Monica Wilson at GAIA, the Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives. GAIA is a worldwide alliance of more than 650 grassroots groups, non-governmental organizations, and individuals in over 90 countries whose ultimate vision is a just, toxic-free world without incineration.
The U.S. could create 1.5 million jobs through recycling. Right now, public funds for expensive, dirty “waste-to-energy” incinerators hold back job growth – and Congress is about to make it worse.
The U.S. could add nearly 1.5 million jobs if it adopted a 75% national recycling rate. Wow, that’s a lot of jobs! Instead of propping up the dinosaur economy highlighted in The Story of Broke, we can be investing in more jobs and a healthier future by keeping the stuff we use in our economy, instead of dumping or burning it….
Post written by Rosa González from Green For All
Every year, enough untreated sewage escapes into our waterways to completely cover the state of Pennsylvania in sludge an inch thick. Yuck.
So what if there were a way to fix that – while putting over 1.8 million people to work and adding more than a quarter of a trillion dollars to the economy? As you’ve guessed: there is.
Green for All, in partnership with Economic Policy Institute, American Rivers, and Pacific Institute, recently released a new report: “Water Works: Rebuilding Infrastructure, Creating Jobs, Greening the Environment.” The report looks at what would happen if we invested in America’s water infrastructure – and finds that an investment of $188.4 billion spread equally over the next five years would generate $265.6 billion in economic activity and create close to 1.9 million jobs.
With the side benefit of keeping sewage out of our streams….
Here at the Story of Stuff Project, we celebrate the fact that our movies have inspired millions around the world—from Brazil and South Africa to the UK and India and everywhere in between. But while many members of the Story of Stuff community don’t live in the United States, we’ve chosen to focus our advocacy efforts here in our home country.
Here are just a couple of the reasons why:…
Originally Posted at EarthTrack, which works to make government subsidies that harm the environment easier to see, value, and eliminate.
Like implant dentists or utility accountants, subsidy wonks go to trade meetings (yes, meetings on natural resource subsidies do exist) to find people who talk our language. In that “safe” space, we can be met with a knowing nod as we wax poetic on the difference between revenue loss and outlay equivalents, or what is missing from a price gap estimate….
Originally posted at Global Exchange, an international human rights organization dedicated to promoting social, economic and environmental justice around the world.
The Occupy demonstrations have raised a central issue that we must confront: how does capital get invested and who is controlling the process?…
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The Story of Broke couldn’t come at a more relevant time. Before Thanksgiving, the Congressional Supercommittee will propose a plan on how to bridge a $1.2 trillion budget gap – and if they don’t, the country will face a series of draconian, across-the-board budget cuts.
With sky-high unemployment and our social safety net in tatters, it’s no wonder many of us feel a collective sense of desperation. But as Annie points out, we aren’t broke…