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#80 Weekend reads – week two of Cop26, is there anything to be excited about?

I’ve watched some of the top environment thought leaders return from Cop26 in Glasgow, and on social media they are sharing despair and sorrow. I know with some distance from the event, they will gear up again for the battle that lies ahead, but it is sad to read some of their reflections. They are people I have deep respect for.

If you’re been paying attention to this event, the media response has been positive, critical or downright hopeless. We started the week with an article in the Independent titled: We know almost for a fact that Cop26 will fail – this is why.

A quote worth pulling out…

“Because there is a terrible silent lie being propagated by the British government and the United Nations: they know we have to ban all new fossil fuel investments as a crucial step to have any hope of staying below a 1.5C rise in temperatures – yet the three key players setting the agenda have refused to table a ban at the conference.”


I believe, for us to succeed in overcoming the crisis, it requires two topics at the centre of all discussions – ending fossil fuel use and ending growth-based economies. Without that, we can not achieve what needs to be achieved. It’s really that simple.  

At the end of the week, the UN Secretary General, António Guterres, said the goal of 1.5 was on life support, and I think we all know it will not be achieved, in fact, we’re currently at 2.4 so far. Please read these three articles to understand that it might actually be worse than that – links below:

Cop26: world on track for disastrous heating of more than 2.4C, says key report

1bn people will suffer extreme heat at just 2C heating, say scientists

Countries’ climate pledges built on flawed data, Post investigation finds

I know many are feeling lost, helpless and hopeless when it comes to the climate emergency. Many have sunk into despair. Here’s the thing…

When there are not enough of us who really care about the climate crisis, understand it and know what we need to do to change trajectories, our politicians will continue to do what their constituents care about to win votes. If the electorate is not voting for significant change, politicians will not act in the way we need. Why would they? It’s not a ticket to election success. Businesses won’t change either, until we change.

And apparently we don’t get our part in this bigger story: Few willing to change lifestyle to save the planet, climate survey finds. Lifestyle change must include how we vote, how we buy, how we live, how we work. All of it.

We are all part of the change needed

Until we get this essential message, we can’t act decisively. Politicians and businesses seem unwilling to lead the way either. It’s not a successful strategy yet.

The other critical challenge is how countries vote – especially the US – because the uncertainty and flip-flopping of the two rivals keeps us on an unsteady path. Equally, if the same environment strategy of the last Republican leadership returns, this will be devastating for the world. But perhaps new Republican leadership will be different? We just don’t know. And it’s not helping our situation or mindset.

But this is where my hope is. Once enough of us get it – and I mean 70-80 per cent of the voting population, regardless of age or political affiliation – then we start moving in the right direction. WE make this happen. All of us.

So don’t get lost in despair, because you can’t do anything from that place.

Join the fight. Raise your voice. Educate your community – especially if they vote for politicians that aren’t acting on climate. Vote wisely. Make changes in your life – big or small, it all adds up – and when you see an issue that needs to be solved, solve it or talk to someone who can. Shine a light on the champions in your community, raise awareness and help wake people up.

For so many reasons, the media, social media, fake news, misinformation, political leadership, political divisions, social divisions, lack of trust in institutions, and on I could go…. are creating a world of people not thinking, but on the other side, we have a lot of people shutting down, because they can’t see a way out. This is a self-protection mechanism and completely understandable.

Please remember, change starts with each of us, because when we change, we act, and if everyone of us got the message, we have a chance. But until we do, businesses will operate as usual, and politics will keep holding us back.

We can do this. We can. I will not stop believing. But I can’t do it alone. None of us can. Please help me and those around the world fighting for our future, so we can make this happen. We can do it! But we need to get a move on and we need you with us.

Remember, when there is life there is hope. Don’t lose hope.

Friend’s content and mine

If you have time, do watch or listen to the latest The Know Show. Joe Augustin, Marc Allen, Joanne Flinn, Robert Kirubi and Susanna Hasenoehrl joined me for a deep-dive into what’s happened at Cop 26. Lots of valuable insights.

A podcast with my husband, Steve Johnson, talking about our children’s future, but through the lens of the climate crisis Are you worried about the impact of climate change on your kid’s future?

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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

How fossil fuels are the backbone of fast fashion – tks Susanna Hasenoehrl

Cop26: Australia accused of ‘hiding’ while opposing deal needed to limit catastrophic climate breakdown tks Marc Allen

We cannot continue pursuing endless economic growth if we want to save the planet.

China and the US announce plan to work together on cutting emissions tks Susanna Hasenoehrl

World Bank Group COP26 Climate Briefs

As it happened: Some progress at COP26 but clearly not enough – Sharma

Funding Innovation to Fight Climate Change tks Robert Kirubi

Samsø: Generating energy, and possibilities

Bluewaters coal-fired power station written off as worthless as renewables rise

Cop26: world on track for disastrous heating of more than 2.4C, says key report

Seven ways to curb climate change

Greta Thunberg and other activists petition the U.N. to declare a state of emergency on climate change.

COP26: Fear of failure as climate summit enters final day

What Happened at COP26 on Wednesday: China and U.S. Say They’ll ‘Enhance’ Climate Ambition

What will it take for adland to clean up its act and wash its hands of greenwashing?

Leaders agree to ‘transformative’ action to stop deforestation by 2030 tks Robert Kirubi

COP26: World headed for 2.4C warming despite climate summit – report

Youths are demanding for Singapore to be more ambitious on climate

COP26: World headed for 2.4C warming despite climate summit – report

Fighting for One Blue Planet

COP26: How much is spent supporting fossil fuels and green energy?

Canadian doctor diagnoses woman in British Columbia with ‘climate change’ after breathing problems during summer of heatwaves and wildfires tks Teressa Bays

COP26: Cautious welcome for unexpected US-China climate agreement

COP26 news: Draft text calls for phasing out coal and fossil fuels tks Susanna Hasenoehrl

Deepest earthquake ever detected should have been impossible

At COP26, new alliance tries to kill oil and gas industry tks Susanna Hasenoehrl

In Glasgow, I saw three big shifts in the climate conversation

Briefing: EU anti-deforestation law could have serious holes tks Robert Kirubi

Call to Earth Day: Taking action to protect the planet

COP26: PM calls on nations to pull out the stops as draft agreement published

The price of fast fashion? Chile’s desert dumping ground for unwanted clothes tks Susanna Hasenoehrl

COP26 draft text criticised for lack of commitment to fossil fuel phase-out

Countries’ climate pledges built on flawed data, Post investigation finds tks Marc Allen

‘Net zero is not zero’: carbon offsetting focus at COP26 under criticism tks Susanna Hasenoerhl

The World’s First Digital Thread & Yarn Dyeing System. tks Robert Kirubi

‘Your credibility is on the line’: Greenpeace boss urges ad agencies to distance from oil

Few willing to change lifestyle to save the planet, climate survey finds

Small cuts in air traffic would level off global heating caused by flying

Singapore relies on fossil fuels more than any other country – study

UK boost to advance gender equality in climate action tks Robert Kirubi

‘World designed by men has destroyed many things,’ Cop26 warned

1bn people will suffer extreme heat at just 2C heating, say scientists

‘Like a clown’: what other countries thought of Boris Johnson at Cop26

More hot air than progress at COP26 tks Susanna Hasenoehrl

Can We Ever Make the Fashion Industry Sustainable?

Climate change: Seven ways to spot businesses greenwashing

Can Glasgow Deliver on a Global Climate Deal?

More Than 40 Nations Pledge to Cut Emissions From Their Health Industries

COP26: Obama tells young people to stay angry on climate fight

Real Solutions Not ‘Net Zero’ tks Robert Kirubi

COP26: Rich countries ‘pushing back’ on paying for climate loss

Climate change is becoming less a battle of nations than rich vs poor

New high-resolution climate model predicts more extreme weather events in the future tks Samantha Gayfer

COP26: First Movers Coalition – Podcast

BHP reaps up to $1.35bn from Australia coal mines in fossil fuels retreat

Saudi Arabian negotiators move to cripple COP26 – Greenpeace response

New Report Expects Global Emissions of Carbon Dioxide to Rebound to Pre-Pandemic High This Year

COP26: IT and climate change – Computer Weekly Downtime Upload podcast tks Susanna Hasenoehrl

Activist Jane Goodall on hope, making change happen – and climate summit COP26 – Podcast

Koch vs BlackRock and the War for Fourth Sector Supremacy

If the super-rich want to live for ever our planet is truly doomed

COP26: Fossil fuel industry has largest delegation at climate summit

White House-Backed Carbon Tax in Sight for Biden’s Climate Bill tks Susanna Hasenoehrl

Australian government refuses to join 40 nations phasing out coal, saying it won’t ‘wipe out industries’

We know almost for a fact that Cop26 will fail – this is why tks Susanna Hasenoehrl

COP26: What is happening on each day of the climate conference?

What’s happening in the second week of the Cop26 climate talks?

What will be the focus of COP26?

Week 44: Showbiz in the era of “sauve qui peut” tks Susanna Hasenoehrl

Climate change: Thailand scientists performing ‘coral IVF’ in attempt to protect reefs tks Teressa Bayes

Bioenergy In All Its Complexity : The Good the Bad and he Ugly – tks Susanna Hasenoehrl


As COVID-19 rages, more in Singapore go hungry tks Cheryl Tan

People ‘unvaccinated by choice’ in Singapore no longer can receive free covid-19 treatment

Netherlands imposes lockdown measures as Covid cases hit new high tks Gabe Rijpma

Austria bans the unvaccinated from restaurants as COVID-19 cases surge

Japan has zero daily COVID-19 deaths for first time in 15 months

Aaron Rodgers Has COVID, Trump Has Expensive Wrapping Paper & DeSantis Has Another Terrible Idea!

Global Politics

Jacinda Ardern interrupted by daughter Neve during livestream: ‘You’re meant to be in bed, darling’

This government has unleashed something far worse than “sleaze”

Democrats’ Spending Bill Is Costly. But Not Passing It Is Far More So.

Belarus migrants: EU accuses Lukashenko of gangster-style abuse

Afghans facing ‘hell on earth’ as winter looms

Kyle Rittenhouse trial: Judge’s phone keeps ringing in court with Trump rally theme

The Dueling Ideas That Will Define the 21st Century

Here’s what’s in the bipartisan infrastructure bill

Democrats Thought They Bottomed Out in Rural, White America. It Wasn’t the Bottom.  

Owen Paterson: Boris Johnson’s actions corrupt – Starmer

Fox News Caught Deceptively Editing Biden Speech

Business and Technology

Phuket to invest B100m to build 3 new landmarks tks Charlie Pulaski

Is the secret to this year’s Black Friday success not offering discounts?

Elon Musk: Tesla boss sells $5bn of shares after Twitter poll

Retailers lose love for Asia: Snarled supply chains force manufacturing exodus to Balkans, LatAm

LinkedIn: how the professional networking site got personal

The CEOs of Microsoft and LinkedIn Agree: We’re in the Middle of the ‘Great Reshuffle,’ Not the ‘Great Resignation’

Social issues (#BlackLivesMatter) and humanity

A Bad Solar Storm Could Cause an ‘Internet Apocalypse’

‘Cannibal CME’ sun storm marks rise of new solar cycle in space weather

Scientists Built an AI to Give Ethical Advice, But It Turned Out Super Racist

How the evangelical church messed up and lost its way

Astroworld: Criminal investigation into Texas festival crowd surge

Ozzy Man Reviews : Travis Scott & Astroworld

Passion, humour, history

What I Learned About Life at My 30th College Reunion

Let me know what jumped out at you? Or share with me what you’re reading? I love that!



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