Another huge week in the news, with both Hurricane Ida and Afghanistan taking the headlines. One of the bigger, longer term issues we must stay on top of is, the bleak future for Afghanistan (and many other countries) because of the combination of war AND climate change.
Please do read this article: A New Breed of Crisis: War and Warming Collide in Afghanistan. It’s a story beyond Afghanistan.
Hurricane Ida landed on the 16th year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, and I went to bed Sunday night wondering what the impact would be. Thankfully the levees didn’t break, and we still don’t know the number of casualties across the nation. But man, watching that storm spread across the US, dumping record breaking water and causing tornadoes, not to mention stunning the meteorologists, was profoundly disturbing.
Let’s not forget, the US is also dealing with two mega fires on its West coast – the Dixie Fire and the Caldor Fire. Caldor has burnt more than 200,000 acres, and Dixie has burnt more than 800,000 acres.
But don’t worry, the Biden administration announced plans this week to open 80 million acres of the Gulf of Mexico to oil and gas exploration. This is obviously not in alignment with Biden’s climate plans, but it is about complying with a court order requiring it to resume lease auctions.
We can’t eat money!
Another report relevant to the climate, was a new study which found U.S. residents are struggling to understand terms used in international reports to describe climate change. A message to everyone – we need to keep it simple if we have any chance of breaking through.
Finally, a heart-breaking report. More than a million infants are estimated to have died due to pandemic poverty. This is the reason we must ALL do ALL we can to get this pandemic under control. To take care of those with the least.
And don’t get me talking about the Texas six week abortion ruling. It’s revolting and so insidious. As my friend Denise Chai stated: The #TexasTaliban.
Friend’s content and sometimes mine
Fellow marketers, have you ever Googled “what is marketing”? my friend and former client, Tara Moody, writes a really succinct piece on what is marketing! Worth a read to all in the field and thanks for the shout out woman.
“Getting back to normal” – is that really the goal? Another wonderful friend, Ann-Katrin Van Schie, asks deep and reflective questions about what’s next. Definitely worth a read.
Why we should all talk to strangers with Kerrie Phipps and I really enjoyed doing this podcast with my wonderful friend, Kerrie Phipps. Such a ray of light in the world, have a listen if you’re feeling hopeless or if you feel there’s nowhere to go for you.
Some inspiration – have you learnt to trust in yourself? Your own wisdom within?
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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.
Amazing escape: How six schoolmates got their friend out of Kabul tks Samantha Gayfer, inspiring
How to Limit the Disaster for Afghanistan’s Girls and Women tks Lavinia Thanapathy
Climate Crisis / 6th Mass Extinction
Climate Point: Confounded by climate terms? You’re not alone. Mitigation, adaptation, WTH? – subscribe to this newsletter!
Honest Government Ad | Carbon Capture and Storage – tks Andrew Bryant
Quarter of a million infants estimated to have died due to pandemic poverty tks Francine Varner
COVID-19: Crisis & Disruption, Possibility & Peril tks Tim Hamons
Thank you, Victoria, your sacrifices have not been in vain tks Phillipa Edwards
Get on board the Covid-train! Tks Jenni Thorman
Podcast 213 – Vaccine Hesitancy – great listen if you want to know how to address hesitancy in your community. Well worth your time
Oh My Fucking God, Get The Fucking Vaccine Already, You Fucking Fucks tks Phillipa Edwards
Hacking Kelly: how to let Craig Kelly, spammer, know how you feel tks Phillipa Edwards
Business and Technology
Hate & Conflict – The Business of War tks Susanna Hasenoehrl
Social issues (#BlackLivesMatter) and humanity
Online Trolls Actually Just Assholes All the Time, Study Finds tks Philippa Penfold
Michael Sandel & Yuval Noah Harari in conversation
Passion, humour, history
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