• Daunting: Arsenic in water poisoned 77 million Bangladeshis!!!

    Following a publication in the Lancet Journal, news recently reported that “up to 77 million [out of 162m] Bangladeshis have been exposed to toxic levels of arsenic from contaminated drinking water”. The water was mainly originating from wells that are said to have been built in the 70s, including by aid agencies. Gosh, 77 millions people! Although I’ve heard of this news for the first time only recently, it’s not a recent discovery – nor did it happen just in Bangladesh. The UN’s World Health Organization (WHO) was already concerned by the problem in 1997. According to a paper published in the Bulletin of the WHO in 2000, ” the contamination of…

  • ‘Burn the Koran’ day… what?!

    You’ve probably heard that  Terry Jones, an American pastor, vows to hold a national Koran burning event (see here) to mark the 9/11 events. Although he aims at tackling radical Islam, he doesn’t seem to notice that, by doing so, he doesn’t service tolerance and peace in the world – nor christian ideals! As if a pastor – even if heading the so-called ‘Dove World Outreach Centre’ – planning to burn the Koran was not an extremist himself.… Read the rest “‘Burn the Koran’ day… what?!”

  • ‘Ecology’ or ‘Environment’?

    Why does this blog mention ‘ecology’ rather than ‘environment’? Well, it’s fairly simple actually. While ‘environment’ tends to put humans at the centre of it all – as if we had some sort of right or supremacy over nature -, ‘ecology’ provides a more comprehensive outlook, whereby humans are only one part of nature. A distinctive part in many ways, but nonetheless just a part. I understand that the main use of ‘ecology’ refers to the scientific study of the distributions, abundance and relations of organisms and their interactions with the environment. But I mainly use it to emphasize the interdependency between human and nature interaction. I’d be curious to know whether you share our views…

  • Ecosophy? WTF?

    Documenting the construction of an ecosophical approach to life – that’s the aim of this blog. But… what does that mean exactly? Well, let me first start by asking you few related questions: do you sometimes feel that your life is going anywhere (or in every directions!), that you are torn apart by different obligations, values, dreams, or that your actions sometimes contradict your perception of yourself? Do you at times have a ‘fog in your brain’ whereby you lack clarity about what you want/should do, or worse, you don’t understand the purpose of your life – if there is any -, and are unsure about the next step(s)? Do you…

  • To put things into perspective in your life…

    I was reading different documents and thought that the two following excerpts would also be of interest to you too. It looks long, but is an easy read and is both informative and mind-boggling. Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator John Holmes – Opening remarks at UN ECOSOC Humanitarian Affairs Segment – 14 July 2010, New York: “I have spelled out in previous years how we were expecting demands for humanitarian assistance to grow because of chronic and increasingly acute vulnerability caused by global trends such as climate change, the recent global food crisis, demographics, and changes in the climate and key ecosystems. These are no longer predictions – they…

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