Environmentalist Annie Leonard at SUNY Fredonia
by Artvoice Staff (@Artvoice) - posted 10:57 am, March 7, 2011
On Tuesday, March 8, author, filmmaker, and activist Annie Leonard will appear at SUNY Fredonia. Named by the Washington Examiner as one of the Five Most Important Environmental Movement Leaders, Leonard’s work has played a large role in the green movement. Her most well known contribution is the 2007 film The Story of Stuff, which focuses on our society’s tendency to abuse natural resources, and how our mass consumer culture contributes to the destruction of the environment. In the aftermath of the film, Leonard’s profile grew considerably, andThe Story of Stuff community now boasts more than 150,000 members.
Leonard followed up her first film with several others, such as The Story of Electronics, The Story of Cosmetics, and The Story of Bottled Water. These films continue the theme of the original film, but concentrate it on specific areas. For example, The Story of Electronics focuses on how electronic devices are often quickly discarded and replaced, leading to excess pollution. After the popularity of her films, Leonard is expanding on her concept by releasing the Story of Stuff in the form of book, which she will likely read from during her appearance. Keeping with her environmentally conscious platform, Leonard’s book was printed entirely on recycled paper. Leonard’s quest for environmental consciousness has taken her all over the world, as she has traveled to 40 countries. Leonard has worked with groups such as Greenpeace International, Health Care Without Harm, and Essential Information. Her speech will begin at 7pm. Tickets are $5 for Fredonia students (with valid ID), and $15 for the general public. They are available in the Williams Center at SUNY Fredonia.