Hope is a challenge for many these days, and there are a lot of reasons why hope is hard to come by. The relentlessness of the pandemic is certainly having its way, but so is government apathy towards the climate crisis.
In one article from a previous weekend reads, I shared that Donald Trump sent climate progress back by a decade. Lots of other things have slipped recently too, for example, reports state progress on equality has slipped back by a generation – yes, not a decade, a generation!! We’ve certainly got work to do.
And so this week, Joe Biden hosted his Climate Summit and there is great news and bad news.
America has lost a LOT of trust in recent years and will struggle to regain it! They have to go all-out as a global leader, and some experts are pleased with Joe’s announcements, BUT there is not enough in the budget for developing economies to solve the crisis too – the countries who did not start this crisis, but will certainly pay the human cost of it
The US have pledged to halve its greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 and that is a great announcement. The EU is doing more, the UK best of all, but it is refreshing to see this. China is expected to reach peak emissions by 2030 and get to net zero by 2060 – however, based on all the science, we can’t wait that long and China must reduce emissions rapidly, or it’s a foregone disaster
Australia, India, Indonesia, Mexico and Russia did not make any new pledges to reduce oil, gas or coal emissions. For developing countries I can understand, but for developed countries (like my own country) it is shameful
China is the largest emitter today, and the USA is second, but many of China’s emissions are on the back of building an economy to make cheap crap to sell into the US! Please stop buying cheap crap. This model has been the basis of China’s evolution into a super power and they have done an amazing job, but the climate impact has been devastating. Why do you think the climate crisis got so bad so fast? Regardless, China is playing politics. They will make a commitment dependent on the USA’s response to Beijing’s policies on Hong Kong, Taiwan and Xinjian Province. China, we can’t do this. We must come together and overcome. The two biggest polluters must act, or we will face catastrophe!
Hopeful and harrowing at the same time.
The other issue in the world that is harrowing right now is the pandemic in India. My word, it is heartbreaking to read about the situation there and when I speak with my friend’s in India, they’re all going through a world of hell. I hope the government wakes up and gets oxygen out to everyone who needs it, and now!! So many hospitals not getting the supplies promised. People dying on the streets, because the overflowing hospitals can’t take them in. Harrowing.
I don’t pray but I hope this situation gets under control soon. The reality is, we know we have weeks of this ahead. Stay strong my friends. Stay safe.
5 Magical Tips for Fixing Your Virtual Presentations my friend, Lavinia Thanapathy is a LinkedIn top voice for 2020 and she’s shared a really great set of tips on how you can improve your virtual presentation. It doesn’t have to cost a fortune either.
Australian Red Cross another friend from many years ago when we worked in London, Jo Karabin, shared this ad because it featured her daughter. Check out the video at the top of the page. I’m sharing it here, because from a messaging and positioning perspective, I thought top job Australian Red Cross. That’s how to cut through with a message, especially at this time!
My friend, Kevin Cottam, had an article featured in Thrive Global – NOISE, Reduce the Noise and Let your Voice Live and it’s so spot on. We all have far too much noise and we can’t live in the moment when we’re stuck with all that noise. Have a look, be inspired.
And ANZAC Day is a HUGE day of remembrance for Australians. I marched in ANZAC Day marches from the age of seven and did my last one as a Musician in the Australian Army back in 1992. Very powerful. Very moving. My sister Phillipa Edwards, brother-in-law Jamie Lawson and their team, have been running THE LAST POST PROJECT – where they are helping musicians all over Australia (and in France) learn how to play the Last Post, so they can perform in their communities. ANZAC Day will be different this year due to Covid, so this is a very special project. Hats off to everyone involved. Donate if you can.
And finally I published a blog entitled: The devastation has started. Living on a tourist Island, the biggest impact is on the economy. It is very heartbreaking to be here.
Before you go, please make a donation and let’s make the world a better place. Some suggestions World Food Program., UN Refugee Program, PowerOf , Kiva.org, Soi Dog Foundation. If you can afford to be generous, now is the time to help your fellow human.
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
Meet some of the women who are fighting against climate change tks Lavinia Thanapathy
Thailand aims for only electric vehicles by 2035 tks Vicky Coburn
How Covid-19 is boosting innovation
How Safe Are You From Covid When You Fly? tks Cynthia Zhai
What variants mean for the end of the COVID-19 pandemic
The brazenness of Australian oligarchy tks Phillipa Edwards
What the West Gets Wrong About China tks David Lim
Business and Technology
Brené Brown on Why Good Leadership Has Nothing to Do With Your Salary ps I don’t do opinions, only share what I read, but this was a disappointing interview. WSJ Magazine’s fault
Social issues (#BlackLivesMatter) and humanity
CEO Response to George Floyd Verdict tks Damian Corbett
There’s a Name for the Blah You’re Feeling: It’s Called Languishing tks Ann-Katrin Van Shie
Passion, humour, history
Let me know if anything jumped out at you?
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