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November 2013 :: The Human Cost of Stuff   Facebook Like button Twitter Follow button

“Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart, it could hold a rather large amount of Gratitude.”
—A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh



Dear Educator,

As we head into the holiday season, two thoughts may pop into your head: What am I thankful for? How can I curb the onslaught of stuff?

Thanksgiving break is a great time to think about how we can refrain from buying cheap stuff we don’t need. There are plenty of stories and ideas from YES! Magazine’s issue, The Human Cost of Stuff. In this newsletter, we offer lesson plans, short films, critical thinking activities, and more for you and your students from the Story of Stuff Project.

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YES! RECOMMENDS  

Story of Stuff logoStory of Stuff Project

The good folks at the Story of Stuff Project think we “use too much stuff, too much of it’s toxic, and we don’t share it very well.” They also believe we can change that.

YES! recommends the Story of Stuff Project for its ingenious way of motivating people to build a more healthy and just planet. We are thrilled to share an exclusive preview exercise from Story of Stuff’s soon-to-be-released “Citizen Muscle Boot Camp.” You’ll also find a free download of the high school curriculum “Buy, Use, Toss?” as well as the recently released short film, Story of Solutions, and more.

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YOUR STORIES  

Art for the Sky Orca. Photo by Daniel Dancer.Art for the Sky

When Oregon artist Daniel Dancer came upon the Nazca Lines of Peru—giant geometric figures drawn in the desert by ancient peoples—it inspired him to create similar-scale images on a field. He invited an entire elementary school of students to be the beads on the headband of a 25-acre Indian head. The result was stunning and life changing. This is Daniel’s story.
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YES! CLASSROOM TOOLS  

Cell Phone Pile by Shutterstock5 Solutions to Kinder Cellphones

Every year, loads of American e-waste, from smartphones are shipped to India, Ghana, Peru, and other developing countries. This infographic will show your students that a kinder cellphone made from conflict-free minerals is possible.
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Working Man Illustration from ShutterstockJust the Facts

Cheaper is better, right? Not really. From job loss to consumer debt, the true price of cheap stuff might surprise you in this no-kidding infographic.
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CURRICULUM & RESOURCES  

No Impact Project green building man graphicNo Impact Project

Want to help your students consider changes in the way they live? Colin Beavan’s No Impact Curriculum has five stand-alone, hands-on lesson plans. They help students explore the effects their everyday behavior has on the environment, their health, and their well-being. Also included is a guide for a one-week carbon cleansing.
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Gratitude Infographic for November Newsletter. 20 Ways to Express Gratitude

What are you grateful for today? This inspiring infographic for your classroom suggests 20 ways to practice gratitude. It also offers inspiring quotes and spells out surprising benefits of expressing thanks, like more sleep and higher levels of attention.
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YES! WEBPICK  

Kind Spring music video Being Kind 2013 ThumbnailBeing Kind

This video features young rapper-activist Nimo Patel celebrating the abundance of goodness across the globe. Nimo was inspired by the 5,908 people from 98 countries who pledged 124,068 acts of kindness in KindSpring’s recent 21-Day Kindness Challenge.
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VISUAL LEARNING  

Visual Learning, Right 2 Dream Too, homeless tent housing.Knock, Knock. Who’s There?

Ask these three questions about this photo: What do you notice? What are you wondering? And, after uncovering some facts, What’s next?
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