Today, I read a wonderful post by Sareli DeRaj on the topic of Stuff vs. Simplicity and how mankind’s obsession with stuff is taking us to the point of extinction. I have been struggling with how to effect change in this area as well by getting my kids to understand the importance of reducing our impact. We need to take advantage of simplicity before its too late.
Posts Tagged ‘environment’
Recently, I finished reading a series of books by Daniel Quinn (Ishmael, My Ishmael and The Story of B). These are the most profound books I have ever read and each takes a different approach to teaching the history of how we “got to where we are.” The problem is, these books are so important to me that I do not want to do a simple report on the books and walk away. These books are so important to me that I want to take some time to really get a handle on what they truly mean to me and how I will do and view things differently going forward.
I just finished reading Confessions Of An Economic Hit Man. By John Perkins. This is a (mostly) first hand account of how government, corporations and international banks have created a global empire on the backs of the third world. I always felt there was something pretty sinister about how these three entities – and ultimately us – achieve what they do while the third world continues to suffer in poverty while their own property and resources are taken from them. This isn’t a story about physical invasion or armstrong politics. That is a thing of the past…or at least a last resort.
I just finished an excellent book called Ecological Intelligence: How Knowing the Hidden Impacts of What We Buy Can Change Everything by Daniel Goleman. This books goes a long way to help you get a sense of how each buying decision you make affects the entire world – especially in today’s global society. The main premise of the book though is that over the coming years, we will gain more and more access to the information that traditionally has been kept hidden from us, information that could make a significant difference in the buying decisions we make.
Since this is a personal blog, I talk about whatever is important to me. Today, only a day after Earth Day, I thought the following article about environmental policy in Costa Rica, that I received in an email, deserved attention. It was written by Thomas Friedman in honor of Earth Day.