Here we go, another intense week, and one thing I am understanding is many many people are struggling with the size of the shift the world is going through, and facing this change is overwhelming. I completely understand. It is. It’s a HUGE time for all of us.
There are many stories or themes I could focus everyone’s attention on, and the global food catastrophe has certainly been taking my attention this week, but I want to highlight one article that I believe is very much worth everyone’s time – although this is not a happy read.
The article to look out for is: How countries can respond to a perfect long storm, which appeared in todayonline.com. Thank you to Eugene Wee for bringing this to my attention.
It’s a transcript of Singapore Senior Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam, who spoke this week on how countries can navigate the current problems, as well as the “five fragilities” the world faces. Here’s a snippet of what he says.
- UKRAINE – there is no realistic prospect of a trajectory with a good outcome coming out of the war, or that leaves any major country better off than before. It is only a question of how bad the outcomes will be. The situation will likely get worse before it can get better, but none of the trajectories is going to lead the world to a better place.
- INFLATION – beyond Ukraine itself, it is the ramifications for the world that we should be most concerned about.
- CLIMATE – It is no longer possible to make the adjustments needed to tackle the climate crisis without ensuring energy security. The Ukraine war has forced that.
- GLOBAL HEALTH SECURITY – a real challenge that we have to prepare for. The pathogens are coming. The risks have been accentuated by global warming, the loss of biodiversity, deforestation, and increased human incursions into the natural world.
- LESS INCLUSIVE GROWTH – within and across nations. There is a real risk of rollback in the gains that the developing and emerging world have made in the last 2-3 decades. Expecting other structural shifts — geopolitical instabilities, higher food and energy prices and slower growth, and the fact that both climate change and pandemics will hit the poorest and the most vulnerable countries the hardest.
The country whose politicians I always listen to, are from Singapore. I recommend checking in from time to time for those who don’t or have never lived there. An Asian powerhouse, Singapore navigates a unique place on the global stage, between all of the superpowers and the diplomacy in the language is worth listening too.
Friend’s content and mine
Kitty Marshall’s necklace – a wonderful article from my friend Kate Steele, in honour of International Women’s Day. A poignant reminder of our history.
It’s International Women’s Day and I’m frustrated as hell – I contributed to the IWD22 discussion again, expressing serious frustration with the lack of progress being made, and the fact we have slipped back by a generation in the last two years.
Will you stop supporting live animal shows? – wonderful to host my friend Vicki Kiely on my podcast. Vicki is an activist and a voice for the voiceless. Please listen and let’s change how we view the natural world, respecting the magnificent wildlife we share this planet with. It’s not for our entertainment.
How I am coping with these challenging times yes a busy week creating content. I decided to record a short podcast talking about how I’m coping in these times and share two strategies.
What can I do to act on the climate crisis? – and I also launched a daily campaign, talking about the actions we can all take to do our bit. I will put the first week into a blog and share that next week, updating it as I go.
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. Or donate to the UN Refugee Program, PowerOf , Kiva.org , Soi Dog Foundation. It’s a time for giving and taking care of each other.
If you want to support Ukraine
Defend Ukraine – tks Kate Steele
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.
Global politics – focus on Ukraine
Ukraine President Zelensky: From TV star to wartime leader tks Damian Corbet
Food catastrophe and energy
Hundreds of bakeries shut in Sri Lanka after cooking gas runs out – not about the Ukraine, but illustrates impact in developing countries. It’s already extremely challenging and now, with this war, it will be even more challenging for the developing world.
Column: Europe prepares for high gas prices to last into 2023 tks Michelle Giamusso
A shift to clean energy would halt Russia’s petro-thuggery and more tks Susanna Hasenoehrl
Russia oligarchs: The mega-rich men facing global sanctions tks Steve Johnson
World’s largest sailing yacht, Sailing Yacht A, seized tks Adam Taylor
China and economy
The Anti-Dollar Axis tks Richard Turrin
Humanity or lack of
Fake news, propaganda, the information war
Ukrainians find that relatives in Russia do not believe there is a war tks Miguel Bernas
How countries can respond to a perfect long storm tks Eugene Wee – important read and what I’ve referenced in the introduction.
Residents evacuate after landslide in Sydney’s west destroys driveway | 9 News Australia
Microsoft’s Pursuit of Climate Goals Runs Into Headwinds tks Sussana Hasenoehrl
Business and technology
Social issues and humanity
“Studies evidence positive correlation between energy access and women’s economic empowerment… this is still not considered as one of the big levers for women’s economic empowerment”. tks Praveen Gupta
Opinion: Want to empower women? Call out hate speech online tks Karsten Warnecke
Passion, humour, history
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