What can the US afford after the Great Recession? Annie Leonard has some answers in The Story of Broke.

  • Published on November 4th, 2011

The story of broke - why we can still afford a green economy and need it more than ever

Are we broke? Can we really not afford a clean environment, green jobs, and clean energy?

The truth is, we can’t afford NOT to do those things.

The folks who brought us The Story of Stuff, a cute animated film that asked whether we’re spending too much on random crap rather than leading meaningful lives, now revisits the concept, post-Great Recession: How do we make meaningful lives now that we can’t spend too much on random crap anymore?

Why is there always more money for the dinosaur economy?

Here’s what they have to say about their new film:

The United States isn’t broke; we’re the richest country on the planet and a country in which the richest among us are doing exceptionally well. But the truth is, our economy is broken, producing more pollution, greenhouse gasses and garbage [per capita] than any other country.

In these and so many other ways, it just isn’t working. But rather than invest in something better, we continue to keep this ‘dinosaur economy’ on life support with hundreds of billions of dollars of our tax money.

The Story of Broke calls for a shift in government spending toward investments in clean, green solutions—renewable energy, safer chemicals and materials, zero waste and more—that can deliver jobs AND a healthier environment. It’s time to rebuild the American Dream; but this time, let’s build it better.

Here are a couple of teasers… come back on Tuesday, November 8th to watch the whole thing!

And in the meantime, why not watch the film that explains Occupy Wall Street – the movement to get big money from the Wall Street Banks and megacorporations outof the election process. Check out Why we occupy: The Story of Citizens United – Why Democracy Only Works When People Are In Charge.

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Jeremy Bloom is the Editor of RedGreenAndBlue. He lives in New York, where he combines his passion for the environment with his passion for film, and is working on making the world a better place.