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Andrea T Edwards

#96 Weekend reads – we have our eye off the ball, sigh

I’ve been floating around the last few weeks, barely able to believe how completely stupid humanity is. Don’t get me wrong, we need to be focused on the Ukraine war and its potential HUGE ramifications for the world  – which has already started – but boy, we have a much bigger challenge staring us right in the face.

The climate emergency.

Here’s some headlines just from this week, and if you look at my Weekend Reads going back 96 weeks, we have similar headlines every week. THIS is where our focus must be, as well as a holistic approach to how we are going to manage all of this.

China’s coal-powered economy drives global carbon dioxide emissions to historic high
Texas and other states want to punish fossil fuel divestment
Pandemic pushes 4.7 million more Southeast Asians into extreme poverty
Temperatures to spike 50 degrees above normal near North Pole
Amazon rainforest reaching ‘tipping point’ faster than expected, research shows
UNESCO to visit Great Barrier Reef as coral bleaching risk rises
Greenland’s ice is melting from the bottom up and far faster than previously thought
The Arctic Death Spiral – Scientists’ Warning
Record ‘bomb cyclone’ bringing exceptional warmth to North Pole

You can find links to all of these articles in the climate section below (or politics), but we have no time to lose and must calm ALL global tensions so we can get to work. Time is running out.

Friend’s content and mine

Kerry Hopkins talks to lawyer & TV psychologist Dr Jean Cirillo – Kerry is an old colleague from my London days in PR and she is doing great work!

Outlook 2022: Part 1 absolutely delighted to see my friend Joanne Flinn featured in this article. It’s discussing the outlook across five areas where new ideas could come from: Application of Technology, Design Thinking, Funding and Supporting Initiatives, Sustainability and Social Cohesion, and the Revival of Culture and the Arts.

So grateful to Sally Foley-Lewis for hosting me on her show, Spark, the Self-Leadership Show. A heart-felt conversation, where we talk about the issues of the world and my drive to help others step into their voice and claim their power. If you are not feeling strong in the world right now, or are overwhelmed with everything going on, have a listen and please let me know if it helps? 

Guiding Your Teams to Promote Your Business with Andrea T Edwards delighted to record this podcast with Marc Haine the customer experience designer. We discussed social leadership and why it’s so important for employees.

Most importantly, I released The Social Leadership Manifesto, are you ready to take your place? this week. I’ve been building this for years

I launched my daily tips for everyone to help address climate change and here is week one. I will also be updating these ideas at this blog – What can I do to act on climate change? Actions we can all embrace. Favorite it and check in often.

Donation time

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If you want to support Ukraine Red Cross Ukraine, Medicine Sans Frontier, Defend Ukraine, as well as World Food Programme and UN Refugee Program.

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

The War in Ukraine Could Change Everything 

Ukraine conflict: Putin lays out his demands in Turkish phone call

Ukraine war: European leaders risk train ride to meet Zelensky

What is a no-fly zone? Why Ukraine wants one, and why NATO is refusing.

Putin has already deployed a chemical weapon. In Salisbury

Ukraine crisis: US warns China against helping Russia

US, China discuss Russia as Biden and Xi hold call

Elon Musk changed his name to ‘Elona’ on Twitter in response to a diss from a Putin ally

Germany issues hacking warning for users of Russian anti-virus software Kaspersky

Information, social media, information war, protests

Russian Misinformation Is “A Military Assault” on the West 

Zelenskyy Humanizes Ukraine’s Plight in His Social Media Messaging tks Niklas Myhr

Arnold Schwarzenegger tries to show Russians a different kind of strongman

Ukraine: Spam website set up to reach millions of Russians

‘They’re lying to you’: Russian TV employee interrupts news broadcast

Russia will ban Instagram on March 14th

Russia’s state TV hit by stream of resignations

Top Russian Ballet Star Condemns War, Leaves Country

Russian influencers left in tears after their country bans Instagram: ‘My life is being taken away from me’

The “war coffee” diary: How one woman in Kyiv is recording history with a real-time feed of the impact of war tks Muriel Muriel

Russia As A Hurricane, China As Climate Change: Different Ways Of Information Warfare tks Samantha Gayfer

Russians seek to evade social media ban with virtual private networks

News reporter left speechless when economist reveals Russian stock market news on live TV

‘I offer you a chance to survive’: Zelenskiy urges Russian troops to surrender

Economy and business

Debt deadline and central bank hikes loom in Russia

Russia punches economic hole above its weight

IMF warns war may ‘fundamentally alter’ global economic, political order

Here’s a list of Russia’s upcoming debt payments

Roman Abramovich: New evidence highlights corrupt deals

Our crony-capitalism index offers a window into Russia’s billionaire wealth

Russia kicks default drama into future

Food, fuel, fertilizer prices skyrocketing; supply chains disrupted: Guterres warns ‘sword of Damocles hangs over global economy’ 

Over 400 Companies Have Withdrawn from Russia—But Some Remain

Group warns Ukraine conflict will take toll on global economy

Ukraine crisis could cut 1% off global growth this year – OECD

Gold at $10,000? Death of the 40-year bull market in bonds? What’s next for the global financial system after Russia’s central bank gets cancelled

Oil prices fall, continuing downward trend from last week

Germany’s $120 Billion Software Giant SAP Says It Stopped Working With Russian Banks. Ukraine Demands It Do More


Ukraine invasion splits Orthodox Church, isolates Russian patriarch

In Putin’s vision for the world, a medieval narrative resurfaces tks Claude Calleja

Humanity or lack of

Russians to give American astronaut ride to Earth in spite of tensions

CNN Host Cries As She Interviews Ukrainian Man Whose Whole Family Was Killed

Ukraine war: Pregnant woman and baby die after hospital shelled

Russia sanctions: How the measures have changed daily life

Cashless and flightless, Russian tourists stuck in Thailand tks Michael James Scott

What the War in Ukraine Means for the World Order

Deeper reading

Ukraine war: Putin has redrawn the world – but not the way he wanted

Russia’s dire military performance puts Putin at risk

Was it inevitable? A short history of Russia’s war on Ukraine

Putin’s War Is Xi’s Worst Nightmare

Mikhail Khodorkovsky on how to deal with the “bandit” in the Kremlin

Ukraine may force Middle Eastern rivals to upgrade their toolkit

The Stalinisation of Russia

Ukraine’s wartime rail chief has to be faster than the Russians tracking him

The Western World Is in Denial tks Damian Corbet

The growing Fear Of A Wider War Between Russia And The West


Other politics

Yuan Jumps After Report on Saudis Weighing Its Use in Oil Deals tks Richard Turrin

US dollar’s dominance in oil markets may face challenge as Saudis reportedly eye yuan-based sales deal with China

Baffled pilots say their helicopters were ‘not wanted’ by government during flood crisis tks Phillipa Edwards

As West shuns Moscow, officials say India eyes more cheap Russian oil

Women’s Network logo ridiculed for its phallic shape withdrawn by Australian PM’s department

Women’s Network Australia ‘in no way affiliated’ with government’s Women’s Network logo

Will Florida’s ‘Don’t Say Gay’ Law Hurt Its $97 Billion Tourism Industry?

Pandemic pushes 4.7 million more Southeast Asians into extreme poverty

Air strikes target rescuers in Yemen – tks David Lim

Climate crisis

A drowning world: Kenya’s quiet slide underwater

The Amazon is the Planet’s Counterweight to Global Warming, a Place of Stupefying Richness Under Relentless Assault

Thwaites Glacier: How Imminent Is The Threat?

Jane Fonda Establishes a Climate PAC

Super-rare Greenland shark that washed up on UK beach may be at least 100 years old

Defence personnel not allowed to speak about climate ‘unless they go through Peter Dutton’s office’

Texas and other states want to punish fossil fuel divestment

The Arctic Death Spiral

Climate Change Is Harming the Planet Faster Than We Can Adapt, U.N. Warns

Record ‘bomb cyclone’ bringing exceptional warmth to North Pole

NIKE, FENDI, PRADA, H&M and others – Your Favorite Fashion Brands Are Destroying  The Amazon Rainforest

Greenland’s ice is melting from the bottom up — and far faster than previously thought, study shows

Bees, trees and seas crises stem from unsustainable food production

China’s coal-powered economy drives global carbon dioxide emissions to historic high

Methane release from carbonate rock formations in the Siberian permafrost area during and after the 2020 heat wave

Six key lifestyle changes can help avert the climate crisis, study finds tks Sue Adams

Unesco to visit Great Barrier Reef as coral bleaching risk rises

Shell directors sued for ‘failing to prepare company for net zero’

Amazon rainforest reaching ‘tipping point’ faster than expected, research shows

Australian court overturns teenagers’ landmark climate ruling tks Samantha Gayfer

New sustainability body expects voluntary adoption of norms at first

This South Korean Bike Highway Has a 20 Mile Solar Roof tks Teressa Bayes

SEC to Propose Rules Concerning Mandatory Climate Change Disclosures on March 21 tks Susanna Hasenoehrl

A Guide to Global Internet Energy Usage

U.S. ethanol industry banks on carbon capture to solve emissions problem

“An atlas of human suffering”: IPCC climate change update

China causes new high in global energy emissions, despite record wind and solar additions tks Susanna Hasenoehrl

Five ways to build gender equality and sustainability


China should take more effective COVID-19 measures, minimise economic, social impact: Xi

‘Grave Mistake’ to Think Covid-19 Pandemic is Over, Warns UN Chief Guterres

Jakarta police give out precious cooking oil at COVID-19 vaccination drive (

Hong Kong sparks deadly new Covid variant panic as shock graph shows deaths SOAR in 24 hrs

RED LANTERNS Hong Kong, almost one million Covid infections from Omicron wave

Business and technology

‘Your final day of employment is today’: P&O staff told they’re being laid off – video

Be ready to lose all your money in crypto, EU regulators warn

People Are Revealing The 30 Actual Reasons Companies Don’t Want You To Work From Home

Social issues and humanity

‘Crocodiles’ could spell the end of Japan’s tradition of nude mixed bathing

Hillsong Church founder Brian Houston breached code of conduct with inappropriate behaviour towards two women, leaked letter says tks Graham Harvey

Citing ‘humiliated’ white people, Mississippi governor signs anti-critical race theory law

Kanye West’s Instagram account suspended over racial slur outburst against Trevor Noah

Men think they’re brighter than they are and women underestimate their IQ. Why?

Trevor Noah: Kanye West’s Harassment Of Kim Kardashian Is ‘Terrifying To Watch’

Brittney Griner: How can a US basketball star just vanish?.

Asian woman stomped on and punched more than 125 times after being called racial slur, police say tks Holly Te

Jane Campion Hits Sam Elliott Right In The Chaps Over His ‘Power Of The Dog’ Dig

Naomi Osaka: Former world number one in tears after heckling during Indian Wells defeat

New research claims that consciousness itself is an energy field

Passion, humour, history

Dolly Parton declines Rock & Roll Hall of Fame nomination, says she hasn’t ‘earned the right’ tks Kerrie L Phipps

William Hurt, Star of ‘Broadcast News,’ ‘Body Heat,’ Dies

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



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