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Do I Need This? explores overconsumption & its effects on our well-being & the planet

A woman shops at a supermarket in New York City.
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A woman shops at a supermarket in New York City.

On this edition of Your Call, we discuss Do I Need This?, a documentary that asks, how much stuff do we really need? The average American home contains 300,000 objects. Why do we have so much stuff? What is all of this stuff doing to our overall well-being and the planet?

Overconsumption gets a lot of attention, but what makes Kate Schermerhorn's film different is its personal touch. She's honest about her own struggle to get rid of stuff, especially her parents’ mementos, as they move to an assisted living facility.

Do I Need This? is the opening night film at this year's Green Film Festival of San Francisco. You can see it at The Roxie in San Francisco tomorrow at 8pm PT or watch it online.


Kate Schermerhorn, Emmy-winning director, still photographer, and director of Do I Need This?

Web Resources:

The Buy Nothing Project

Clutterers Anonymous

Vox: Why do we buy what we buy?

Vox: How affluent people can end their mindless overconsumption

The New Republic: Climate Change Is the Symptom. Consumer Culture Is The Disease

Rose Aguilar has been the host of Your Call since 2006. She became a regular media roundtable guest in 2001. In 2019, the San Francisco Press Club named Your Call the best public affairs program. In 2017, The Nation named it the most valuable local radio show.