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"Let's have a little more appreciation and reverence for the stuff we have instead of this
mindless consumerism."
  Annie Leonard, March 12, 2010 on The Colbert Report

Annie Leonard
Join Us as CCFC Honors Annie Leonard!

What: The Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood honors Annie Leonard, creator and host of the Internet film sensation The Story of Stuff and the author of a brand-new book by the same name.  

When: Thursday, April 8, 2010 at 7:30 PM

Where: Wheelock College, 43 Hawes Street, Brookline, MA (for directions, please visit http://www2.wheelock.edu/wheelock/x641.xml)

RSVP: The event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited.  Please RSVP by emailing the total number in your party attending to ccfc@commercialfreechildhood.org.


Please join us for a coffee and dessert reception for Annie Leonard.  After receiving the award, Annie will discuss her film and brand-new book, The Story of Stuff

CCFC is honoring Annie for inspiring millions of young people to explore the links between consumerism and environmental degradation. The New York Times called The Story of Stuff  "a sleeper hit in classrooms across the country," as teachers from middle school through university have used the film to spark debate, encourage critical thinking, and spur students to consider their own consumer habits.

The film The Story of Stuff (www.storyofstuff.com) is a fast-paced, fact-filled exposé on the hidden environmental and social costs of our current systems of production and consumption. It has become an Internet phenomenon, generating over 10 million views in 200 countries since its launch in December 2007. 

On March 9, The Story of Stuff: How Our Obsession with Stuff Is Trashing the Planet, Our Communities, and Our Health-and a Vision for Change was published by Free Press.  The book has already garnered rave reviews.  Juliet Schor, author of Born to Buy, calls it "an eye-opening, humorous, and highly readable account of how our seemingly innocuous lifestyles are part of a larger system of destruction and dysfunction. Leonard gets my vote for hero of the year."

Story of Stuff

The Fred Rogers Integrity Award, named in honor of the host of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, is given by CCFC to a public figure whose efforts to protect children from harmful marketing best embody Fred Rogers' long-standing commitment to nurturing the health and well-being of America's children.  The award was given to Senator Tom Harkin in 2005; Raffi Cavoukian, the beloved children's troubadour, in 2006; and Morgan Spurlock, star and director of Super Size Me, in 2008.

We hope to see you on the 8th.  Please remember to RSVP to ccfc@commercialfreechildhood.org with the total number in your party attending.



 

     

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