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Shanthivanam Newsletter - 2

Volume 2, 21 February 2008


Capitalism to Freeganism

When a group of environmentally concerned friends in San Francisco decided to buy nothing for a year, they unwittingly sparked an international trend. And even before that, Freeganism is a trend practised globally for quite some time now. According to Wikipedia, Freeganism is an anti-consumerism lifestyle whereby people employ alternative living strategies based on "limited participation in the conventional economy and minimal consumption of resources. With an exploding social web and a metastasizing network of blogs, this phenomenon is on the rise. Now that's a U-turn from the founding principles of western economy – Capitalism. So, does that mean, with globalization, it's not necessary that capitalism & consumerism spreads. A wishful thought, perhaps.

Freegans' motivations are varied and numerous; some adhere to it for environmental reasons, some for religious & political reasons. But the core conscience is ab…

Shanthivanam Newsletter - 1

Just a thought...

I guess 2007 has given enough events & thoughts to ponder to thank it and lets hope 2008 brings all the needful surprises to make this a better world! Wishing a very happy 2008 to all!

This newsletter, as a new year's sprout of Shanthivanam will grow fortnightly on every Full Moon day, highlighting the latest news & developments around our world, which has an impact on our evolutionary process. The intent here is to project & analyze such news bytes in a fitting background. Be it ClimatATIC Change, Carbon Trading, Nuclear Energy, Nutri-genetics, Stem Cell Therapy or GM Crops, it is important to experience and digest the information in the right context. For, life is all about NATURAL SELECTION. It's about trying to see the Earth and life In it as an integrated whole!

Though the UNPCC report on Climate Change is laden with political connotations and softened due to enterprise lobbies, the study elucidates one thing with certainity: The speed of climat…