All good things come to an end, and it’s the end of our Northern Thailand adventure, with the boys going back to school in a couple more weeks. It’s bizarre to think they’ve been out of school physically since March, and if the growth spurts my two have gone through are any indication, I know we’ll be blown away by the other kids when we see them.
I know many people would love to be able to get out and about right now. The lockdowns and travel restrictions are not fun for anyone, so we know we’re lucky to have the opportunity to explore Thailand at this time (it’s more than 60 days Covid-free here), but it’s challenging too.
The North is empty. The doors are shuttered and every day new ‘for rent’ and ‘for sale’ signs are going up. Some of the business owners I spoke with said they would be extremely challenged to make it until Christmas if this isn’t over.
It’s quite simply heart breaking. And you know it’s going to get a lot worse for people in countries where travel and tourism is such a critical part of the infrastructure. But there are other countries challenged for different reasons too, reliant on the income of different sectors.
Right now, all of the developing countries that have been experiencing boom times need to get very innovative in creating new economies less dependent on industries that will be years off recovering, and we need to help these countries struggling too. So many are facing very challenging times ahead.
Therefore I wanted to make this request. Have you been deeply touched by someone you met on holidays that could do with a hand right now – think taxi driver, waitress, concierge, etc..? Or perhaps a town, village or community that made a big impact on you? Can you dig deep and help out? Everything helps.
Bigger charities: On a global scale, there are many amazing charities doing great work. One of my favorites is Kiva. Perhaps you can sponsor some individuals through this platform? Or donate to the UN Refugee Program and World Food Program? We have 30 million people facing famine and more than 100 million have slipped into extreme poverty since the pandemic started. Let’s all come together and help the organizations doing the most to address these challenges?
Our humanity and compassion will get us through these times, but we have to take care of each other.
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
Bayer Begins Rewarding its Farmers for Generating Carbon Credits tks Susanna Hasenoehrl
Greta’s world tks Joyce Ano
The great climate migration – powerful read
Show Me the Methane tks Susanna Hasenoehrl
Lockdown was the longest period of quiet in recorded human history tks Simon Kearney
The Covid-19 Pandemic’s Long-Term Effects on Future Tourist Experiences tks John Vincent Gordon
Do you have a right to not wear a mask? tks Willie Wahlin
Donald Trump Is a Broken Man tks David Lim
Prominent Hong Kong professor and pro-democracy activist fired by university tks Dominic Powers
Business and technology
The human skills we need in an unpredictable world tks Francine Varner
Social issues (#BlackLivesMatter) and humanity
Police say ‘Umbrella Man’ who sparked Minneapolis riots is a white supremacist tks Michelle Giamusso Regal
Passion, humour, history
ABBA Will Release 5 New Songs in 2021! tks David Lim
You Can’t Stop Us | Nike
Brilliant!! Thank you Aristha Khanna. You’re always on the pulse.
Let me know if anything jumped out at you?
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