Another week of COVID madness and it seems us humans aren’t too great at learning the lessons of this time. I don’t know about you, but I can accept the fact we’re in a pandemic and everything that comes with it, my struggle is in the idiocy we’re seeing around the world – which means we’ll all be more impacted for longer. It’s just ridiculous what’s going on.
And when it’s like that, it can be hard to keep your emotions stable. I definitely had a burn out in the last few weeks, which happens when you pay deep attention to the news going on around the world. If you find yourself experiencing this burn out, remember to stop, rest, recharge and come back swinging. We need the fighters in this fight.
As you’ll see, I’ve decided to put the climate back on top. There is some extremely alarming news coming out… well there has been for decades, but it is beyond time we all pay attention. We have a unique opportunity to make great changes right now. We must do it.
Some highlights shared in articles below and in recent sharings of my Weekend Reads:
- We are on track for 1.5 degrees warming within the next five years – we’re at one now and look at the impact?
- Ecosystem collapse is expected this decade! If this happens, starvation and misery will follow. Not to mention millions or billions of climate refugees
- If the temperature gets to two degrees, tropical rainforests can’t survive – directly impacting all of us living in this region
- Glaciers are melting all over the world and we have pink algae in the alps, which will increase that melting
- The South Pole is warming up. The artic is heating up, with a town in Siberia recording the highest temperature ever recorded of 38C
- This means permafrost melting is accelerating, and we’ve underestimated Co2 emissions from melting permafrost by 14 per cent. The methane dragon is awakening
- We have acidified the entire ocean, and fish stocks all over the world are being impacted. If you like crab or lobster, acidification means they can’t form shells
- The Amazon, as well as countries like Indonesia, Malaysia and more, are seeing significant increases in deforestation because of the pandemic, which has meant less oversight of these vital forests! One Amazon expert already predicts we’ve passed its tipping point – what will that mean for global weather patterns when it becomes a savannah?
- And with the climate crisis, I’ve read predictions that we have six months to make significant changes
- For those who don’t believe in climate crisis? Fine, the petroleum industry is expected to make 50% more plastic by 2050. We’re drowning in plastic already.
- We’ve seen birds and sea creatures dying with plastic in their bodies
- And ladies, when we give birth today, our babies already have plastic in their bodies
- Equality is still a far off dream all over the world – even though the benefits are clear
- Diversity is also a critical issue, as we’ve seen with the #BlackLivesMatter protests. We know in Asia, it’s a deeper cultural issue here too. Diversity also has significant benefits
- When equality and diversity is not a priority, everyone is held back – even those not supporting it
- Here’s a great example of initiatives that will make massive impacts. Let’s roll it out around the world: MEDIA ADVISORY: Nearly 1,000 Gen-Z Girl CEOs From 40 States to Unveil Social Impact Ventures Addressing #Covid, #BLM in Live, Online Graduation
We must stand up and speak out. We need to create a new world. A fairer world.
We need to address climate, economics and social challenges together, and to do this, we need global unity. Please vote out leaders who do not fight for this, and younger people, VOTE like your future depends on it, because it does!!
Let’s speak up and demand a change. We can do it. We can all influence our communities. Together we can reach deeper and further than one of us alone.
Let’s support each other, defend each other, and let’s come together and ensure our children do not face a future of abject misery. That is what we will subject them too if we don’t act now. Let’s make sure it doesn’t happen.
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Do you want to become a tiger protector?
Here’s your chance – protecting tigers and their habitat.
Charity: If you are able, can you donate to the UN Refugee Program and World Food Program? We have millions of people facing famine and the impact of extreme poverty. Let’s help the organizations doing the most to address these challenges. Taking care of our fellow humans is so important.
Reflections & Inspirations for our New Extraordinary World– from the fabulous Nathalie Turner
Face to Face Events? Tell ’em They’re Dreaming – and the ideas man, Warwick Merry, totally agree my friend.
Content to read
And here’s the content I’ve been reading this last week. Scan the headlines, read the ones that jump out at you, read or watch them all. Knowledge is power, and global knowledge is even more powerful.
Climate Crisis / 6th Mass Extinction
Jane Goodall on conservation, climate change and COVID-19: “If we carry on with business as usual, we’re going to destroy ourselves”
Guest post: Global warming edges closer to Paris Agreement 1.5C limit
‘Nature doesn’t trust us any more’: Arctic heatwave stokes permafrost thaw
How Rainforests are Formed, and How They are Being Destroyed
Despite the warnings, we’re heading into a climate catastrophe utterly ill-prepared. Remind you of anything?
Global trends in climate change litigation: 2020 snapshot
‘Human failing’: UN warns of rise in animal-to-human diseases
Climate-change denial and the coronavirus “hoax” are the same conspiracy theory
Global Agribusiness is Devouring the World’s Last Forests. We Need Local Food Systems, Now.
How to Buy Tech That Lasts and Lasts tks Joanne Flinn – this doesn’t mention climate benefits, but it’s definitely something we must consider, considering the massive growth of e-waste!
Climate economics Nobel may do more harm than good
Coronavirus weakens defences against Indonesian forest fires as severe haze risk deemed ‘moderate’
The Newest Threat to a Warming Alaskan Arctic: Beavers
If carbon dioxide hits a new high every year, why isn’t every year hotter than the last?
Fish more vulnerable to warming water than first thought
How COVID-19 has helped Thailand’s wildlife tks Vicky Coburn
CO2 in Earth’s atmosphere nearing levels of 15m years ago
The End of Meat Is Here tks Denise Chai
Agriculture’s Resilience Has Been Tested by COVID, Making Fighting Climate Change Even More Vital Than Ever
Venice test brings up floodgates for first time
Furloughed Indonesian tourism workers hired to clean beaches
U.S. court orders Dakota Access oil pipeline to be shut, emptied tks Adrienne Kane
Algae turn Italian Alps pink, prompting concerns over melting
Dakota Access Oil Line to Be Shut by Court in Blow for Trump
Climate change: ‘Rising chance’ of exceeding 1.5C global target
Mercury dips to 22.9 deg C in Singapore on Cooling-off Day
Farmers and animal rights activists are coming together to fight big factory farms
Guest post: Global warming edges closer to Paris Agreement 1.5C limit
From Meghalaya to Patna: A visual journey across three state borders amid a pandemic tks Anu Kumar – this is beautiful
Experts Worry Latest Covid-19 Surge Will Shift From Healthier to At-Risk People
‘The price of denial’: Teenager died after attending church party as Florida reopened tks Barry Graubart
Neuroscientist: Covid Brain Is Real. Here’s How to Deal With It – tks John Vincent Gordon
The new viral Hamilton parody about mask-wearing clever, hilarious, spot-freaking-on
Six months of coronavirus: the mysteries scientists are still racing to solve
239 Experts With One Big Claim: The Coronavirus Is Airborne
Coronavirus: The Australian community separated by lockdown
Melbourne has nothing to apologise for – we’ve just been unlucky tks Phillipa Edwards
Coronavirus: How Mexican cartels are taking advantage of pandemic
Florida just reported record-high 120 COVID-19 deaths tks Angela Frechette
Think a ‘mild’ case of Covid-19 doesn’t sound so bad? Think again
In Nick Cordero’s Death, a Reminder of Covid-19’s Unknowns
Coronavirus: Wear masks in crowded public spaces, says science body
World’s e-waste ‘unsustainable’, says UN report citing China, India and U.S
Mexico closes US border in Arizona to stop July 4th visitors, citing COVID-19 fears tks Didier Ache
Florida’s new coronavirus cases break record, nearly tying New York’s peak tks Frank Roberts
Australia to close internal border after Victoria COVID-19 outbreak
Coronavirus pandemic may not have started in China, experts say
Will Nepal open for Climbing in Autumn? Tks David Lim
Melbourne’s public housing towers were locked down with coronavirus. I spent the week testing residents and this is what I saw tka Phillipa Edwards
World Health Organisation chief breaks down in tears as he slams ‘tragedy’ of Donald Trump withdrawal
Stop Saying Joe Biden Is Ahead. He Isn’t. tks Patrice Robinet
Singapore ruling PAP party wins elections, but support falls
Amid the havoc wreaked by coronavirus, there is another danger we’ve forgotten
Maskless Trump Rails Against ‘Left-Wing Mob’ As Coronavirus Crisis Spirals
Eric Trump Deletes Tweet After Getting A Savage Reminder About His Father
Dan Rather: “This Is My Flag, And It Is Yours”
TikTok to exit Hong Kong ‘within days’
Who you vote for is a matter of life or death: Julia Gillard
What 9 GOP Campaign Consultants Really Think About Republicans’ Chances in November
‘Life goes on’: Brazil’s Bolsonaro tests positive for coronavirus
Thanks to the president tks Graham Harvey
Tammy Duckworth: Tucker Carlson Doesn’t Know What Patriotism Is tks Kimi Mc
Business and technology
The New Abnormal – an open letter to business leaders
Fake news is killing us. How can we stop it?
Will COVID-19 spell the end for exams?
Connected Women Trains Underskilled Women in AI for Free in Partnership with UN Women
How to Buy Tech That Lasts and Lasts tks Joanne Flinn
‘Weaponized’ Facebook fails to protect civil rights, audit says
Social issues (#BlackLivesMatter) and humanity
Black Lives Matter May Be the Largest Movement in U.S. History
American Indian Protesters Told to “Go Home” by Trump Supporters at Mount Rushmore
From ice queen to hothead: how Cate Blanchett negotiated stardom on her own terms
The King of Germany Will Accept Your Bank Deposits Now
‘My Behavior In The Video Is Appalling’; Tech CEO Michael Lofthouse Captured In Video Berating Asian Family
JK Rowling joins 150 public figures warning over free speech
Supreme Court says eastern Oklahoma remains Native American territory tks Frank Roberts
Passion, humour, history
In a first discovery of its kind, researchers have uncovered an ancient Aboriginal archaeological site preserved on the seabed
John Howard releases glowing character reference for Ghislaine Maxwell tks Shaun McEwan
The Soul of an Octopus: How One of Earth’s Most Alien Creatures Illuminates the Wonders of Consciousness
How the pandemic will shape the near future | Bill Gates
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