My consumption impact

From American Public Media: The Earth coudn't support its 6.6 billion residents if everyone lived like a typical American. Consumer consequences will tell you how many planets it would take to support your lifestyle on a planetary scale and share some ideas for making your "footprint" a little smaller. This formula has been making the rounds of the blogosphere, news and ads. The game walks you through some lifestyle questions such as the energy usage, transportation, food and shopping, and results show how many "Earths" worth of natural resources it would take to sustain all 6.6 billion humans if we all lived just like you. In my case, we'd need 3.5 planet Earths :-( … [Read more...]

Zen for aid and development

Cambodia is a tad far from the hubs of Zen interest, but its philosophy is apt because we are not without the onslaught of rabid change in Phnom Penh, given vast sums of development aid and foreign investment. It's interesting to see a newly minted middle class so taken with modernisation and the rush of consumerist culture. Well, interesting but sad at the same time, because embrace of materialistic entertainment culture--or rather, lust for it-- comes at the expense of so many beautiful elements Khmer and Angkorian, that is steadily lost to antiquity. An interesting development to highlight this was during the Chinese New Year celebrations this year (Chinese and Khmer traditions are embraced in Cambodia). Tradition has it that various … [Read more...]