Less Stuff, More Happiness

It’s all about “more” these days. Best if this “more” comes wrapped in lots and lots of plastic.

Why is it so hard to reduce the stuff we surrounded with? All the things laying around where we live, that accumulates everywhere and that never really seems to dissapear. Continue reading

Across the Dessert

This book is both an adventure and a denounciation of a crime against humanity.

Hardly ever has a book touched me like this one. A way only reality can touch you. Together with Fabrizio Gatti I have crossed the Sahara on board of a truck full of (future) illegal immigrants. It’s a business Continue reading

Do you Eat Ethically?

“Behind the Kitchen door” is the story of the people who serve our food.

Better said it’s the story of the people of people working in the restaurant industry. Whoever has worked in a bar or restaurant knows that those jobs are of the hardest ones existing. But we are not aware that those people are often also exposed to discriminatory labor practices, exploitation, and unsanitary kitchens besides earning only a minimum wage (or lower). In These Times writes: “The restaurant industry is one of the few that has actually grown during the economic crisis.” Continue reading

Selling the Amazon on Amazon

Land for sold! Now you can buy the beauty of Africa and the resourceful Amazon river – it’s a good investment!

This article in the Guardian shocked me the other day: “Pension fund managers and hedge funds gather in London on Tuesday for a summit to discuss the next big investment opportunity: buying up swaths of African farmland.” Continue reading

In Gandhi’s Footsteps

Organizing the largest non-violent action the world has ever seen, that’s the goal of Ekta Parishad.

Following the tradition of Mahatma Gandhi’s model of civil disobedience, the organization stands – and walks – for the rights of the poorest of members of Indian society: Continue reading

The Future We Would Have Wanted

Rio+20 – The Future we Want“: don’t trust these words. There’s nothing more misleading than this headline – written by Samir Abi, Barcelona Consensus

The future we want is far away from the final document entitled with this bold statement who will certainly be validated by the heads of state present in Rio during the next days. Continue reading

Forgotten People

Today is World Refugee Day – a reminder of forgotten people.

Newspapers like to write “today we celebrate world refugee day” but really, there’s no reason to celebrate. Numbers of refugees – especially for climate reasons – will increase in the coming years and their chances for a better life are small. Continue reading

The Day I Decided to Change the World

Today is the day I realize: this world needs help and I can help it.  – A guest-post by Nutsmar Yuvasopee.

I’m one of those with a simple life: I wake up, I go to work. I party, I shop. That’s how life is here in Bangkok. It’s fast and it’s colourful. I do read the news, mostly online. But somehow I have never felt it’s my business – other people do things and other people who will solve the problems they talk about. The truth is: everything is very far away if you don’t let it in. Continue reading

The Yes Men Save the Arctic

To change the world you need some good sense of humour – that’s what we learn from the Yes Men.

Their latest coup: exposing what Shell really is doing with our climate. Their fake Shell ads and videos are a successful prank on one of the most ruthless companies active today. Continue reading

The Young Are Still Waiting

20 years ago, this girl moved the whole world with her speech.

At the time, she was representing “a group of 12 and 13 year olds trying to make a difference” and I guess she did. She rememberably said: “I have no hidden agenda, I’m fighting for my future.” What happend to that girl? Continue reading