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On Earth Day, GreenFaith and the Story of Stuff Project Release Curriculum for Teens that Links Consumption and Faith

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GreenFaith and the Story of Stuff project collaborated to build a religious-education curriculum for teenagers that examines consumption and faith

Apr 22, 2010


GreenFaith and The Story of Stuff Project have teamed up to create, “Let There Be Stuff?,” a six-session curriculum for teenagers that explores the relationship between their consumption, their faith, and the health of the planet.  GreenFaith and The Story of Stuff Project are offering free copies of the curriculum – a $35 value – free to the first 1,000 houses of worship that register.  Versions are available for Jewish and Christian teenagers. 

To register to receive your free copy, click here.

The curriculum is based on The Story of Stuff, a 20-minute web film that takes viewers on a provocative and eye-opening tour of the environmental and human costs of US consumer culture—tracking where our stuff comes from and where it goes when we throw it away.  Over 10 million people worldwide have viewed the film, making it one of the most widely viewed environmental-themed short films ever. In May 2009, the film was featured on the front page of the New York Times, which called it a “sleeper hit in classrooms across the country.” Click here to read the article or here to watch The Story of Stuff.

“The Story of Stuff delivers a body blow to consumerism,” said the Rev. Fletcher Harper, GreenFaith’s Executive Director.  “For years, we’ve been bombarded with the message that we find fulfillment through consuming – a fundamentally anti-religious message.  This film shows why this idea flunks, and the curriculum helps teens create a positive response.”  “Annie Leonard is a modern-day prophet,” said Rabbi Lawrence Troster, GreenFaith’s Rabbinic scholar.  “People of all faiths need to hear her message and mobilize their congregations in response.”

“The Story of Stuff Project has received thousands of messages from religious groups since we released the film, revealing a deep resonance between their values and the message of The Story of Stuff,” said Annie Leonard, Director of the Project. “This curriculum will not only help young people explore what their faith asks of them, it will help them put their beliefs into action.”

“Let There Be Stuff?”is designed for confirmation classes, bar and bat mitzvah classes, and ongoing youth group and teen programs at churches and synagogues.  The six sessions are each designed to last an hour, with extensive resources and guidance for adult leaders.

In addition to The Story of Stuff, Annie Leonard and the Story of Stuff Project have created two additional films, with others on the way.  The Story of Cap & Trade and The Story of Bottled Water – both available for free at – have together been viewed over 1 million times since their releases in December 2009 and March 2010 respectively.  The Story of Cosmetics will be released this summer, followed by The Story of Electronics.

GreenFaith is an interfaith environmental coalition based in New Jersey.  Founded in 1992, GreenFaith offers a range of programs to educate and mobilize diverse religious groups to protect the planet. For more information about GreenFaith, click here.

For more information about The Story of Stuff Project, click here.


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