Is Shopping Coded in Our DNA?

first_imgDear EarthTalk: I don’t hear much about the environmental impacts of our consumer culture any more, but it seems to me that our “buy, buy, buy” mentality is a major contributor to our overuse of energy and resources. Are any organizations addressing this issue today? – M. Oakes, Miami, FLThere is no doubt that our overly consumerist culture is contributing to our addiction to oil and other natural resources and the pollution of the planet and its atmosphere.Unfortunately the tendency to acquire and even horde valuable goods may be coded into our DNA. Researchers contend that humans are subconsciously driven by an impulse for survival, domination and expansion which finds expression in the idea that economic growth will solve all individual and worldly ills. Advertising plays on those impulses, turning material items into objects of great desire imparting intelligence, status and success. William Rees of the University of British Columbia reports that human society is in a “global overshoot,” consuming 30 percent more material than is sustainable from the world’s resources. He adds that 85 countries are exceeding their domestic “bio-capacities” and compensate for their lack of local material by depleting the stocks of other countries.Of course, every one of us can do our part by limiting our purchases to only what we need and to make responsible choices when we do buy something. But those who might need a little inspiration to get started should look to the Adbusters Media Foundation, a self-described “global network of artists, activists, writers, pranksters, students, educators and entrepreneurs who want to advance the new social activist movement of the information age.”Among the foundation’s most successful campaigns is Buy Nothing Day, an international day of protest typically “celebrated” the Friday after Thanksgiving in North America (so-called Black Friday, one of the year’s busiest shopping days) and the following Saturday in some 60 other countries. The idea is that for one day a year we commit to not purchase anything, and to help spread the anti-consumerist message to anyone who will listen, with the hope of inspiring people to consume less and generate less waste the other 364 days of the year. The first Buy Nothing Day took place in Vancouver, British Columbia in 1992 with a few dozen participants, but today hundreds of thousands of people all over the world take part.In recent years some anti-consumerists have added Buy Nothing Christmas to their agendas as well. Some ideas for how to leverage Buy Nothing Christmas sentiment without looking too much like Scrooge include giving friends and family “gift exemption” cards and asking shoppers in line at a big box store, “What would Jesus buy?” Beyond Buy Nothing Day and Buy Nothing Christmas, the Adbusters Media Foundation stokes the fire of anti-consumerism throughout the year via its bi-monthly publication, Adbusters, an ad-free magazine with an international circulation topping 120,000. Do yourself a favor and subscribe…and cancel all those catalogs stuffing up your mailbox in the meantime.CONTACTS: Adbusters, www.adbusters.org; Buy Nothing Day, www.adbusters.org/campaigns/bnd.last_img read more

Malaysia Starts Probe into Alleged Bribery at MISC

first_imgMalaysia’s MISC Berhad (MISC) is currently being investigated by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) related to alleged bribery.Local media cited undisclosed sources as saying that the alleged bribery amounts to USD 27.8 million (MYR 108.5 million).MACC launched the probe following information of alleged bribes in the form of fraudulent claims devised between MISC officials and maritime contractors. The parties reportedly filed claims to receive payments for ship maintenance services, but there was no upkeep being done from 2010 to 2013.MACC raided the company’s offices on February 28 and seized several documents surrounding investigations. The commission has, to date, recorded nine statements from those within the company, including four senior officials.MISC informed that it “has been giving its fullest support and cooperation to MACC,” adding that it has a zero tolerance policy against any form of bribery or corruption by employees, subsidiaries or any persons or companies acting for MISC or on its behalf.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Tulsa, USF meet in conference play

first_imgFor more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 February 13, 2020 Tulsa, USF meet in conference play Associated Press center_img SQUAD LEADERS: The Golden Hurricane have been led by Brandon Rachal and Martins Igbanu. Rachal has averaged 12.7 points and six rebounds while Igbanu has recorded 13 points and 4.8 rebounds per game. The Bulls have been led by Laquincy Rideau and David Collins, who are averaging 12.8 and 13.4 points, respectively.CLAMPING DOWN: The Golden Hurricane have allowed only 60 points per game across 11 conference games, an improvement from the 68.2 per game they allowed in non-conference play.BRILLIANT BRANDON: Rachal has connected on 25 percent of the 48 3-pointers he’s attempted. He’s also made 79.8 percent of his free throws this season.ACCOUNTING FOR ASSISTS: The Golden Hurricane have recently used assists to create buckets more often than the Bulls. South Florida has an assist on 24 of 59 field goals (40.7 percent) over its previous three outings while Tulsa has assists on 36 of 67 field goals (53.7 percent) during its past three games.TOUGH DEFENSE: South Florida has held opposing teams to 61.7 points per game, the lowest figure among all AAC teams.___ Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditTulsa (16-8, 8-3) vs. South Florida (11-13, 4-7)Yuengling Center, Tampa, Florida; Saturday, 12 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: AAC foes meet as Tulsa matches up against South Florida. Tulsa took care of East Carolina by 14 in its last outing. South Florida lost 62-58 to Houston in its most recent game.last_img read more