Do you know what I heard this week? Words of love. Of hope, possibility, passion, purpose, unity and light. The power of love over hate. Light over darkness. And of course, those words came through at the DNC.
Many people ask me why I care so much about American politics and that’s easy for me. What happens there affects us all.
I try not to get involved in domestic issues – even if they drive me crazy, and because I know any changes in America – like women’s access to abortion or birth control – do have the ability to filter out to other countries, but it’s domestic, so they can fight those battles.
However I care very deeply about global policies and how that impacts all of us.
I read recently that the re-election of Donald Trump will set our climate ambitions back by a decade, and with global warming going to hit 1.5 degrees within the next five years, and an ecosystem collapse guaranteed by 2030, well, we don’t have a decade, we just don’t. Biden must be voted in.
If November comes and that does not happen, maybe leave me a lone for a couple of months. I was very low in 2016, in 2020, I might slip into deep despair.
Anyhoo, this week, it was just nice to see people smiling, with gentle looks on their faces, getting emotional, and sharing words of care for their fellow humans who are suffering at this time. It was also nice to giggle at silliness.
Too often, across social media channels I’ll see clips of people – who look like me – sneering, and spewing vitriol in micro-video clips going viral. It is always towards someone who is black, brown, Latino or Asian, Muslim, Sikh or just different.
They are always just normal people going about their day – shopping or walking their dog – and yet, they have to endure these horrible interactions.
And when I look at these hateful faces, I want to know how they got to be that way? How did they ever come to think like they do? What’s it like living with so much hatred in their hearts and bodies? And what can we address in our societies to ensure this isn’t the next generation we’re bringing into the world?
I find it heartbreakingly sad, and to me, it’s a fundamental issue – the deep sickness in the human psyche, that is reflected out in many ways – and it is time to start addressing it and fixing it. We can do it. We can overcome.
Because we need to overcome. We need to build a better, more compassionate, more harmonious world. Our very future depends on it.
Just some thoughts for the week, and if you’re feeling flush this week, what charities can you support? The UN Refugee Program and World Food Program are always in need. Another great organization I love is KIVA.org. Go and check them out. Your money can circulate for years, through its micro-loans model. Brilliant.
If you are struggling through this time and want to be braver and to live life more courageously, I want to point you to Margie Warrell’s Podcast Live Brave. Margie recently published the book You’ve Got This! – an awesome read – and as a fellow country girl from Victoria, Australia, I’ve got to say: she’s awesome. Inspiring. Amazing. Go and check her out. She has so much goodness she’s sharing with the world and she inspires me, so I hope she inspires you too.
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
The irony: ConocoPhillips hopes to freeze thawing permafrost to drill more oil tks Sophia Henry, ironic indeed!!!
Ten times more plastic dumped in Atlantic than previously believed tks John Vincent Gordon
Highly-infectious D614G Covid-19 mutation detected in Malaysia – I have seen no peer-reviewed research or any research links validating this, so review this information with deep scrutiny
Front row seat to COVID-19 reporting reveals uncomfortable truths tks Phillipa Edwards
Over 10,000 people have now died of the coronavirus in Florida tks Angela Frechette
Why the West Needs to Stop its Moralising against China tks Nathan Midler – super worthwhile read
Joe Biden accepts the nomination at DNC, delivers speech on four crises
John Kerry’s full speech at the 2020 Democratic National Convention
Michelle Obama’s full speech at the Democratic National Convention
Business and technology
Anderson Cooper to MyPillow CEO: How do you sleep at night? tks Frank Roberts
Social issues (#BlackLivesMatter) and humanity
A-Level Results Day Petition: Give us fair grades! tks Jane Franklin
NYC IS DEAD FOREVER… HERE’S WHY tks Elsa Gagnon
Taking Hard Line, Greece Turns Back Migrants by Abandoning Them at Sea tks Barry Graubart
China partygoers cram into Wuhan water park tks Wayne Chan
Passion, humour, history
Australia surfer saves wife by punching shark tks Chris Fell
And in the End tks Joyce Ano
Let me know your favorite piece of news this week?
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