Can you guess what I’ve been focused on this week? Bullies and sexual abusers in powerful political positions? Nah, we always have them, unfortunately. My focus has been on the IPCC Report, and based on what I’m observing – across all social media platforms – I do feel we have finally hit an awareness tipping point.
One of the things I love to do is observe conversations across social media and for the first time, people in powerful positions across business, media, entertainment and government are speaking out and saying enough! This is the first time I’ve seen it on such a scale, as most have always been concerned about how it would impact them professionally. They do not care anymore, and just this gives me hope.
If you’re not tracking social media like me, you won’t feel this shift, but if you trust me, trust that it is happening – BIG shift.
As we all know, all is not well in the world, not well at all. My husband asked me if the report scared me and it doesn’t. I’ve been reading the research that went into the report for years and if anything, I know the language is still not as extreme as it needs to be. However, it is the most powerful IPCC report so far, and I’m happy about that, AT LAST. The 5th version definitely didn’t reflect the full reality.
We have work to do, a lot of work, and as I’ve said many times this week (and before) the biggest challenge with the climate crisis is getting people to face it. People do not want to face it, because it’s a very horrible thing to face, so rather than doing it, people are putting their fingers in their ears and screaming go away, I like not knowing. I totally get this. Totally.
But we must look this threat in the eye, accept that we’re in real trouble and then we get to work. There is a slither of hope, which is why we must move past this point quickly.
Yes, you will face intense emotions when you read this stuff. However, I promise you, I am here to help you navigate the pain as quickly as possible, because that’s when you can step into action. When you get into action, you step out of despair. It’s the only path through.
Please come and join my Facebook Group Uncommon Courage. That is what this space is for – to help each other through and then to get into action. Join us.
Also please please read the IPCC Report, or some of the articles below, which intelligently discuss the findings. The video below is super easy to digest too. Please do this. We have no more time to waste. We must face the threat all life on earth currently faces. We can’t offer this future to our children.
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How To Let Go Of Pain Caused By Someone Else – my friend Dion Jensen is doing AMAZING work helping to heal so many people. This is a complicated topic, but I wholeheartedly concur. We have to learn how to let go of the pain inflicted by others. Not for them, for us.
Don’t forget to seek awe – I’ll be doing a series of mini-videos linked to the book Uncommon Courage, based on the many themes discussed in the boo. Here is the first.
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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
Five Things to Know About the Latest IPCC Report tks Paul Dunn
Southeast Asia facing calamitous weather extremes as 1.5°C global warming to hit by 2030s: IPCC report
Key takeaways from the latest IPCC report on climate change
A Hotter Future Is Certain, Climate Panel Warns. But How Hot Is Up to Us.
A Sicilian Town Sends an Omen of a Much Hotter Future
Earth’s energy budget is out of balance – here’s how that’s warming the climate
Here’s what you need to know about the new IPCC report.
World economy set to lose up to 18% GDP from climate change if no action taken, reveals Swiss Re Institute’s stress-test analysis
Climate change: IPCC report is ‘code red for humanity’
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
Climate change: UN to reveal landmark IPCC report findings
Environment Once-in-50-year heat waves now happening every decade -U.N. climate report
Apocalyptic’ scenes hit Greece as Athens besieged by fire
Good news and bad news from the IPCC report
Amid Extreme Weather, a Shift Among Republicans on Climate Change
Scientists warn that the earth is literally dying
Thunberg calls out climate impact of fashion brands in Vogue interview
Oil Prices Drop As Climate Experts Stress Human Causes Of Global Temperature Rise
‘You are all climate lawyers now,’ John Kerry tells ABA
‘People think you’re an idiot’: death metal Irish baron rewilds his estate
‘We can’t let this happen’: How ordinary people handle climate distress
Heat wave blasts U.S. with 150 million Americans under alerts
Carbon Engineering| Direct Air Capture of CO2 tks Tim Wade
Shell Has to Pay $111 Million for 1970 Oil Spill That Turned Rain Black
Dead white man’s clothes tks Sue Adams
Coffee Pulp Speeds up Forest Restoration, Study Finds
Just 12 businesses account for more than half of UK’s packaging litter
Bill Gates Pledges $1.5 Billion for Infrastructure Bill’s New Climate Projects tks Francine Varner
Connecting the dots between food waste and climate change tks Tamara C
We eat microplastic daily, but their effect on our health was a mystery – until now
Is climate change happening faster than expected? A climate scientist explains
Government publishes world’s first ‘greenprint’ to decarbonise all modes of domestic transport by 2050
Southeast Asia PR industry launches working group to curb greenwashing
The Young Ones – Bored!Bored!Bored! – tks Phillipa Edwards, a beautiful piece of TV history for those stuck in lockdown
‘We’re going to see a lot of deaths’: Covid leaves Mississippi hospitals at brink of failure
Texas Hospitals Are Already Overloaded. Doctors Are ‘Frightened by What Is Coming.’
70% of population vaccinated against Covid-19; no booking needed for Pfizer shot from Aug 10: MOH tks Kevin Cottam
AstraZeneca lead scientist says Delta makes mass testing pointless in UK
Locked Down and Fed Up, Australians Find Their Own Ways to Speed Vaccinations
Victorian COVID-19 Delta strain survivor tells community ‘just get vaccinated’
Vaccinated Aussie Woman Denied Request To Visit Cancer-Stricken Daughter tks Margie Warrell
Australia’s Path Out of the Pandemic: Will It Make You Scream With Anger or Joy?
Funeral of man who died of COVID-19 is turned into vaccine and testing event
Natural infection isn’t enough to protect against COVID-19, experts say. You still need a vaccine.
Malaysian singer dies of Covid days after giving birth
Why Do The Blokes Who Wanna Let The Virus Rip Always Look Like They’d Be First To Die? tks Phillipa Edwards
Divergent lives from Tuesday for the vaccinated and unvaccinated in S’pore
The authorities in Austin warn residents that the city’s Covid situation is ‘dire.’
Protests over the Thai government’s lagging vaccine rollout and the pandemic’s economic toll turn violent.
NSW is almost certainly on the precipice of a massive deterioration tks Phillipa Edwards
Afghanistan pullout: Biden’s biggest call yet – will it be his most calamitous?
Rahul Gandhi accuses Twitter of interference over locked Congress accounts
Afghanistan war: Taliban back brutal rule as they strike for power
A young female journalist describes the panic and fear of being forced into hiding as cities across Afghanistan fall
US census: Hispanic and Asian-American driving US population growth
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo resigns in wake of harassment report
Homeland Security warns of ‘increasing but modest’ threat of violence from Trump conspiracy
How a Trump environmental lawyer tried to weaponize the Justice Department to help the President
Business and Technology
Defining the skills citizens will need in the future world of work
The voices of women in tech are still being erased
CBA head of governance turns whistleblower, sues bank
Social issues (#BlackLivesMatter) and humanity
The last humanist: how Paul Gilroy became the most vital guide to our age of crisis
Alt-right Coloradans went to war with an alpaca farm – the farm won
Dolly Parton Says Her ‘I Will Always Love You’ Royalties Went Into A Black Community
California dad killed his kids over QAnon and ‘serpent DNA’ conspiracy theories, feds claim
The rightwing US textbooks that teach slavery as ‘black immigration’ tks Francine Varner
Nothing in particulars are America’s fastest-growing religious group
What It’s Like When a Billionaire Surprises You With $8 Million—No Strings Attached
Phuket Murder: Arrested Man Says Intention Was To Steal
Passion, humour, history
Foo Fighters Troll Westboro Baptist Protesters With Drive-By Disco Performance
The debt owed to Japan for a Games that exhilarated the world but shut it out
Olympic medals: An alternative table – with US 15th
Olympic diver says she’s sick of being ‘sexualised’ online
How Gina Rinehart ‘saved swimming’
Quan Hongchan: Chinese teen diving star’s village mobbed by fans
Conversation with Logan Nikolic of Budderside – this is the son of my friend Sinisa Nikolic. If you like your metal music, this is a man who is going to be a super star!!
Let me know if anything jumped out at you?
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