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March 10th, 2010
10:21 PM ET
Christiane - all ears for the feedback.
Christiane – all ears for the feedback.

The majority of the Amanpour viewers complimented and appreciated the video titled “Swimming in Stuff” by environmentalist activist/consumerist critic, Annie Leonard.  The video was thought by most to contain all the necessary elements that detailed human consumption, waste and recycling.  Praise for the facts narrated, the “powerful” information shared and the video’s creativity were extended.  Lastly, many viewers felt this was a great “presentation choice” by Amanpour and her team.

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Christian – excellent choice of subject.
ref story of stuff
1. two-thirds to 99% of what almost all humans do is in efficicient, unproductive, useless rubbish
2. almost all humans are idiots and idiots can only relate to stupidity. The idiots only understand capital allocation to useless consumption of wealth rather than capital allocation to creation of wealth
3. The creation to consumption ratio of any entity determines its level on the evolutionary scale. The more evolved an entity the higher its creation to consumption ratio (i.e it creates more & consumes less)
Dg

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'The Story of Stuff' ...and Plastic

March 10th, 2010
02:04 PM ET

Watch the complete edition on 'The Story of Stuff' on our podcast.

Watch the complete edition on 'The Story of Stuff' on our podcast.

(CNN) - Every bit of fully synthetic plastic that's ever been produced over the past 100 years is somewhere on our planet, a leading environmentalist, David de Rothschild, said Tuesday.

De Rothschild, who's about to set sail on a boat made of recycled plastic to highlight pollution in the Pacific Ocean, told CNN's Christiane Amanpour there has been a huge aggregation of small molecular-sized pieces of plastic in our atmosphere, in our oceans, or on our land since plastic was first produced in 1909.

"We're seeing them aggregating ... and getting into the food chain, which is then transferring toxins back into us through the food we eat," de Rothschild said.

"We have this sort of voracious appetite for throwaway, single-use plastics, what I call Dumb Planet 1.0 plastics - the plastic bag, the Styrofoam cup."

De Rothschild said he will set sail on his boat, called the Plastiki, some time in the next 10 days, depending on the weather and other factors.

His catamaran-style boat is made principally of 12,500 reclaimed plastic water bottles, which are designed to keep his vessel afloat, while the main frame is constructed from polyethylene terephthalate - a recyclable plastic material used in food and beverage containers and other products.

// His aim during a 100-day voyage that will take him from San Francisco, California, to Sydney, Australia, is to find the "Great Pacific Garbage Patch" between California and Japan - a massive sea of plastic trash that environmentalists say could soon be larger than the continental United States.

"What I think people need to realize is that there are five (patches), not just one", he added. "We are seeing a convergence zone in our oceans - the North Pacific, South Pacific, North Atlantic, South Atlantic, and the west coast of Australia."

He said he has two goals. The first is to raise public awareness of the huge amounts of plastic that are polluting the planet. The second is to get people to "reduce, reuse, recycle, and rethink" those everyday items that people now throw away as garbage.

Former Greenpeace activist Annie Leonard, author of the book "The Story of Stuff," and host of an online video, said 99 percent of all the materials that flow through the production process becomes trash within six months.

Leonard said she loves "her stuff" as much as anyone. But she wants people to be more aware of where it comes from so everyone can be a little more conscious of all the materials that flow through our lives.

She also said there are great opportunities to help remedy the pollution situation - in the field of green chemistry, for example.

"Chemists are replacing toxic chemicals with brand-new molecules that are actually designed from the very molecular level to be compatible with ecological systems," she said, "So that we can have glues and dyes and pigments that don't poison the workers or the communities."

Meanwhile, Economics Professor Russ Roberts of George Mason University just outside Washington, told Amanpour that "although it's pleasurable to have toys and have goodies and have a big house, they come at a price."

But he said people should not confuse the desire to get out of poverty and get a better standard of living with being a gross materialist.

"It's a matter of moderation and balance," Roberts said.

He added that he wants a less powerful government, because he thinks government now oversteps its bounds and often protects businesses at the expense of consumers.

"A business that's left in a competitive world, without the government's help, the way it thrives is by making better, safer, and healthier products that use less waste, because that keeps the price down," Roberts said.

Tom's Take

March 10th, 2010
01:36 PM ET
Sr. Writer for Amanpour, Tom Evans, works on scripts with Christiane
Sr. Writer for Amanpour, Tom Evans, works on scripts with Christiane

On AMANPOUR. today, we take a look at the recent religious violence in Nigeria, which has only served to highlight the issues facing the country at a time when it appears to be suffering on many different fronts. Today, protests will take place in the seat of government power, Abuja. The protests are set against the ongoing power vacuum.  Christiane gets to the root of the latest clashes and asks if the political void will allow for a further descent into violence.  Nigeria is only one of the stories in the news today. Here are some perspectives.

Tom Evans
Sr. Writer, AMANPOUR.

NIGERIA – How serious is the risk of a further escalation in ethnic violence in Nigeria?

-       Witnesses say soldiers open fire on a crowd breaking a curfew just days after fighting between Christians and Muslims left more than 200 people dead, most of them Christians
-       Residents in the Jos area in central Nigeria accuse the security forces of failing to provide security to the villages that were attacked Sunday
-       Violence is latest in series of clashes over the past decade in the country’s “middle belt” where ethnic groups are battling to control fertile farmland

QUESTION: Will the Nigerian government take decisive action before the violence escalates into a much broader conflict between Nigeria’s Christians and Muslims?

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And now your feedback

March 10th, 2010
02:56 AM ET
Christiane - all ears for the feedback.
Christiane – all ears for the feedback.

The feedback received through emails focused on two topics, the interview with Mosab H. Yousef, the son of Hamas, and its “fascinating essence”, as viewers described it.  The second discussion was the professed admiration for the documentary Scream Bloody Murder that continued to receive compliments by most. In Facebook, viewers zoomed into the relationship the film Hurt Locker had with women candidates in Iraqi elections.  The social media conversation began with wishes for women around the globe for a “happy International Women’s day” which turned into support for women that took and conquered leadership roles internationally, using as an example the Hurt Locker director, Kathryn Bigelow.  Many recognized the challenges for women ahead, but overall a sense of solidarity accompanied most commentary.

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Christiane:  If China is clearly signaling that it won't go along with the sanctions the U.S. is calling for isn't it time to seek a completely new approach to the Iran problem?  Given the enormous amount of American debt China holds, don't we have essentially zero leverage to get China to see things our way?  If the sanction remedy for dealing with Iran is blocked does that make war more or less likely?  What can be done to avoid war?  Finally, if Israel starts a war with Iran will the U.S. have to join it?
S. Jensen

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I am thankful that a Muslim knows what one day the whole world will know, there is only one God and He is not Allah.  Only God can change a heart by a faith in Jesus who paid for all sin.  Jesus The Lord and creator of all things says recieve the Truth and love one another to go to Heaven, NOT kill and hate and go to Heaven.  The devil thru false religions is destroying many because they refuse to receive the one TRUTH, yet it is available to everyone who will believe the Bible is true
B. Smith

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