The week started with some distractions in the mix, which is always great (and so needed right now), and of course, I’m talking about the extraordinary fashion on display at the Met Gala in the US.
Kudos to Billie Eilish for agreeing to wear the Oscar de la Renta dress only if they committed to stop using fur. Influence for good.
Kim Kardashian – on the other hand – had a wonderful opportunity to represent oppressed women everywhere through her dramatic outfit, unfortunately, it was all about her. Such a missed opportunity.
For the last month, Afghanistan and the 20th anniversary of 9/11 took up the lead news, and while it hasn’t gone away, Covid is back in the headlines. When mainstream news takes a break, I always find it comes back deeper, more thoughtful and less reactive. This is so important, as we are now in the gruelling stage of this pandemic!
When I dug into the Covid news, the Israel outbreak has created hesitancy around the world, with its the surge linked to the fact it ‘flung the doors open’ just as Delta arrived. It created a lot of misinformation as well – not that this is anything new.
The challenge was, the data from Israel was applied across all citizens, versus being broken down by demographics, which is what really matters. As an example, with the data broken down, it showed the vaccine was more than 90% effective at preventing severe disease in people under 50, and more than 85% effective in those over 50.
Equally, the chance of being hospitalised if you’re over 60 was reduced 40-fold if you’re vaccinated compared to if you’re unvaccinated.
Around the world, we see the US and Europe getting back to normal, but when you consume what’s going on, we all know normal is a long way away. Six months is the minimum period of time we have ahead, before we can expect anything close to “normal” – but that’s not worldwide, of course.
Until it’s over everywhere, it’s not over anywhere!
I saw one very compelling quote in a Bloomberg article: “this is a coronavirus forest fire that will not stop until it finds all the human wood that it can burn.” Very appropriate with everything else going on around the world.
As I said, the challenge of misinformation continues to plague us. Take a look at the piece on Nikki Minaj’s tweet and the global response. Please, if it’s not peer-reviewed, wait for it to be peer-reviewed! Don’t panic. Wait. Watch. Listen to the scientists. We must use our critical thinking right now, or we will continue in this mess.
Dig in, lots to read this week, especially around the climate crisis.
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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
Drought puts 2.1 million Kenyans at risk of starvation tks Robert Kirubi
Report expects to see more than 200 million climate refugees by 2050 tks Susanna Hasenoehrl
Climate change’s impact on health tks Robert Kirubi
Only a few carbon projects meet basic criteria for climate integrity, human rights and more tks Susanna Hasenoehrl
Earth’s future ‘hinges on UN Glasgow climate talks’ tks Susanna Hasenoehrl
How is air pollution caused? Tks Susanna Hasenoehrl
Here’s what the next six months of the pandemic will bring tks Wayne Chan
An Honourable Man tks Phillipa Edwards
Business and Technology
Social issues and humanity
Abuse, stress, overwork: nursing is in crisis tks Fiona Task Is
The Little Voice – tks Muriel Boutin-Becuwe
Passion, humour, history
The Matrix Resurrections – Official Trailer 1 tks Tim Wade
You Can Make a Netflix Style Doco About Literally Anything – tks Warwick Merry
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