Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Oil spill in the Gulf is nothing compared to Nigeria’s 50 Year Leaks

I had a glimps of the news about Nigeria's 50 year leaks and decided to read more about it. What I found out was horrendous! In the Guardian's article (Nigeria's agony dwarfs the Gulf oil spill. The US and Europe ignore it), it was stated that the Niger delta supplies 40% of all the crude the United States imports and is the world capital of oil pollution. It is time to stop this!

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Monday, June 14, 2010

Story of Bottled Water

This short movie has been around for some time. But it's worth mentioning. Many of us would not think twice when we buy a bottle of water. After watching this, you would want to stay away from them almost like the plague. Click here to watch it online for free.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Why I prefer local fruits

I'm not the kind of patriotic person who follow slogans like "Belilah barangan buatan Malaysia" (Buy Malaysian made products) blindly.
But when it comes to fruits, I'd prefer local over imported. I don't care whether eating local fruits like papaya, banana, watermelon, guava or mango look cheap. I'm sure their nutritional content would beat imported fruits because they don't have to be picked prematurely and take weeks to be shipped here. I have a fruit orchard right in front of my house. You can't get any fresher than that! The good thing about traveling is that you get to eat our so called imported fruits locally which is cheaper (don't factor in the cost of flying there)!
After reading Michael Pollan's book, I'm even more certain that eating local fruits is the right thing to do. We're supporting our local farmers. We're reducing pollution caused by shipping the fruits here. I guess the saying "An apple a day keeps the doctor away" should be modified for our local context.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Lessons from Vancouver, Canada

I was on holiday in Vancouver for a week or so and had the chance to visit Epic Vancouver, a green living exhibition which really got me excited!
Even without visiting the expo, I was already impressed by how environmentally conscious people there are. Perhaps my relatives whom I was staying with were exceptional greenies. They put all their recyclables out for curbside collection. They brought their reusable bags to the stores. They left their cars at home whenever they can and combined errands whenever they used the cars. They did as much as they could. I hope they are part of the norm instead of an exception.
The expo was going one step further. I'm impressed by the wide variety of products available and how enthusiastic the people involved were in living sustainably. Malaysia is on the way there. Lets do our part!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Am I ready for the real world?

I'm a fresh graduate with a job waiting for me in one of the most grueling professions. Am I ready for it?
I'm a young adult about to have responsibilities, be it money, taxes and perhaps my own family. Am I ready for it?
During our student days, we were told to savour our carefree life while we can. Now that is all behind me. What lies ahead can be so unpredictable. All I know is that I'm glad I was given the capability to serve the people and I hope I can make a difference in the real world.

Monday, June 7, 2010

American school lunches

I was feeling sorry for the kids. It didn't cross my mind that the teachers are forced to eat such terrible food too (if you could still call it so).
Reading a blog called Fed Up With Lunch: The School Lunch Project made see how bad things have become. On top of terrible food, there's so much trash produced. The food comes in disposable containers and the trays are made of styrofoam! The horror!
It's about time the global community teamed up to help. Drop by to sign Jamie Oliver's petition

Currently reading: Michael Pollan's The Omnivore's Dilemma