We woke to the news that Thich Hat Hanh has passed. Rather than sadness, I’ve watched love and respect flooding social media, honouring his life and legacy. He is a man who always lived his beautiful truth and never wavered in his message of peace and the power of mindfulness.
As everyone started to share his words, I looked for my favorite quote, and this definitely stood out.
I beg you, please look through the environment section below. There are some very important contributions coming from the humanitarian sector this week, and the message is clear: the climate crisis is already here and we are ignoring it at our peril. What is happening over there, will ripple out and consume the world, if we do not act.
It doesn’t have to be a foregone conclusion, but it is up to all of us to rise up and demand global action NOW.
Some articles of note. Look out for Last Year’s Overall Climate Was Shaped by Warming-Driven Heat Extremes Around the Globe, Inside Climate News.
In 2021, a quarter of the world’s population – or 25% – experienced a record-warm year. It was also one of the most deadly and destructive years on record because of an unusually warm atmosphere.
We saw the impact of this, from the deadly Pacific Northwest heatwave, which killed hundreds and, of course, the destructive fires that followed.
Let’s move onto the Philippines, where typhoons are getting more and more destructive. A country typically hit by 20 storms and typhoons each year, they are growing progressively more destructive. This is a country that contributes less than 0.4% to global emissions and yet, it is paying the price for the polluting North.
And one of the humanitarian pieces – I encourage you to watch the interview. It’s with Inger Ashing, who heads up Save the Children. The question – Are we failing to protect vulnerable children? which was featured in Al Jazeera. It’s a very important interview.
Detailing climate impacts in countries around the world, it’s devastating listening, not to mention, many countries are experiencing these challenges for the first time and climate breakdown is the main driving force.
We are seeing more societal breakdown, civil war and insurgency, child soldiers, abuse of women and children, escalating child marriage, lack of access to education, lack of security, food insecurity, children malnourished, and the list goes on. We can’t ignore this. A malnourished child can never grow into a fully functioning adult. The damage is permanent.
Another article – World’s poorest bear brunt of climate crisis: 10 underreported emergencies. This is a report from CARE International about the 10 countries that had the least media attention, despite all having at least one million people affected by conflict or climate disasters.
Extreme weather along with Covid has wiped out decades of progress around the world, and my heart aches for people working in this field.
From Afghanistan to Ethiopia, about 235 million people worldwide needed assistance in 2021. The number of people in need of humanitarian aid is expected to rise to 274 million this year, or one in 28 people. Equally, more than 84 million people have been uprooted.
Half of all impacted are children. We have to ask ourselves – are we going to leave them drowning in the world’s oceans, freezing in camps across Europe, or forgotten and neglected in the poorest countries in the world?
The accelerating climate crisis is fuelling many of the world’s emergencies. Add Covid19 into the mix and we see decades of progress towards tackling inequality, poverty, conflict and hunger disappearing before our eyes.
Not finished yet. According to Oxfam, the World’s billionaires doubled their wealth during COVID-19 pandemic. Yes, the world’s 10 richest men have more than doubled their wealth since the start of the pandemic.
As this is reported in Australian media, the wealth of its 47 billionaires also doubled, increasing at a rate of $205 million a day. Maybe a week of wealth could be donated to these 10 countries? It’s nothing to them.
Because we must state the truth. Their wealth is earned at the expense of the health of our planet’s ability to sustain life and it is creating climate breakdown. It is time for those leading these businesses to start putting that wealth into the solutions we so desperately need.
We must create a new economic model that taxes this extreme wealth if it’s not offered voluntarily. These profits can be used in our countries for nurses, hospitals, vaccines, educators, mental health, to support the poor, and more, but it can also be used to solve the biggest issues in the world, like investing in infrastructure.
One critical example is water management. Many countries are not suffering from a lack of water, they’re suffering from failed governments and local corruption, which means water is not managed correctly. That must be addressed, because we must do all we can to keep people where they are.
We have seen what happens when refugees flood our world. How can we help people stay? And if they can’t stay, how can we prepare for that future, so they can live with dignity?
It is time to look to the future with different eyes and a new economic model. It is time to follow the teachings of wise people, like Thich Hat Hanh.
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Do you think of yourself as intelligent and sophisticated? Great piece Mads Petersen. Interesting from a marketing and comms perspective, but equally, the idea of how often I am on autopilot. Have a read.
The Unsu$tainable Truth – is this the answer for the fossil fuel industry? Thrilled to do this podcast with Dr. David Ko and Richard Busellato. We have complex problems to solve and I’m excited by the possibility of this idea in helping to solve both how we reduce fossil fuels, while focusing on solving the challenges for those on the front line of the climate emergency. This is an investment bankers perspective, which makes it an even more exciting possibility. Have a listen and if it resonates, buy the book – The Unsu$tainable Truth – co-authored by David and Richard.
Making climate change fashionable with eco- conscious choices – congratulations on the media coverage Raye Padit, well deserved.
If everyone gave #just10percent of their time, talent, money or voice, we’ll change the world. Can you donate? Make it a regular donation to the World Food Programme. Donate to the UN Refugee Program, PowerOf , Kiva.org , Soi Dog Foundation. It’s a time for giving and taking care of each other.
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.
Australia set to be hit by ‘significant multistate rain and storm event’ tks Willie Wahlin
World’s billionaires doubled their wealth during COVID-19 pandemic, Oxfam says tks Phillipa Edwards
3 doses of Sinovac effective against Omicron: latest study tks Samantha Gayfer
Blame Canada – South Park tks Denys Van Rooyen 😊
You big ugly tks Phillipa Edwards
Business and technology
The Mismeasure and Misuse of GDP tks Robert Kirubi
Social issues and humanity
Samsung – “Listen To Your Heart” tks Esha Batish
If I’d Listened To My Doctor, I Would Be Dead Right Now tks Shian Chuan
Passion, humour, history
Ceremony of the Transition of Thich Nhat Hanh
Watch Disney fans line up for hours for this popcorn bucket tks Angela Frechette
Cassetteboy – Rage Against the Party Machine – tks Tony Whybrow
Let me know what jumped out at you? Or share with me what you’re reading? I love that!
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