The Story of Broke: Why There’s Still Plenty of Money to Build a Better Future

Free Range Studios, The Story of Stuff Project | 2011 | 8 min.

2012 Official Selection

Award Winner: 2012 Best Short Short

The United States isn’’t broke; we’re the richest country on the planet, and a country where the richest among us are doing exceptionally well. But the truth is, our economy is broken, producing more pollution, greenhouse gasses and garbage than any other country. In these and so many other ways, it just isn’t working. But rather than invest in something better, we continue to keep this ‘dinosaur economy’ on life support with hundreds of billions of dollars of our tax money. “The Story of Broke” calls for a shift in government spending toward investments in clean, green solutions—renewable energy, safer chemicals and materials, zero waste, education. These are real solutions that can deliver jobs and a healthier environment. It’s time to rebuild the American Dream… but this time, let’s build it better.