Yes, they are… apparently. There’s a new report that proves it too and I have to say, hearing that trees are more than carbon capture sticks as a new idea, took me by surprise. I mean duh, right?
Look out for: The world’s forests do more than just store carbon, new research finds
In summary, the world’s forests play a far greater and more complex role in tackling the climate crisis than previously thought, due to their physical effects on global and local temperatures. Trees do more than just store carbon, they keep air near and far cool and moist due to the way they physically transform energy and water.
The band of tropical rainforests spanning Latin America, central Africa and south-east Asia generate the most local and global benefits. Forests are important to mitigation and adaptation, cooling the air and protecting us from droughts, extreme heat and floods caused by the climate breakdown.
Two big stories
Beyond trees, there are a couple of BIG stories circulating right now, and I encourage everyone to read some of these. The first is the risk of global famine and food security issues because of the war in Ukraine. While many do not see the risk of war for themselves, it’s going to be more than rising food prices and soon, if we don’t get this war stopped.
An interesting insight for me has been that Ukraine has been one of the world’s largest contributors to the World Food Programme. The Head of the WFP – David Beasley estimates that it provides 40% of its wheat. The war has now reversed this flow: the WFP is now working to provide Ukrainians with the supplies they need in this crisis.
A wheat crisis will severely impact the Middle East and North Africa, potentially creating another ‘Arab Spring’ moment. Regardless: the war in Ukraine could have profound impacts on global food supplies, with far-reaching consequences for hunger and food security across the world.
Keep an eye out for
Farmers on the Brink
How could the war in Ukraine impact global food supplies?
War in Ukraine could plunge world into food shortages
Could The War In Ukraine Break The Global Food Supply Chain?
The second biggest story is the fact that what is happening right now in our environment, was not expected until 2050. Everything is happening harder, faster and is more extreme than expected. This is a siren for all of us, but will we hear it? I know I have….
Some headlines to look out for in the environment section below
Climate change that happened gradually is accelerating suddenly
2021 emissions surge leaves less than 10 years to avoid 1.5 degree warming: study
Antarctic ice shelves are shattering. How fast will seas rise?
Shifts in El Niño May Be Driving Climates Extremes in Both Hemispheres
Antarctic ice shelf nearly the size of Los Angeles collapsed as temperatures soared to 40 above normal
Past the warning stage on climate
What about the climate displaced?
Finally, before you read the articles below, please do watch this. Sir Ken Robinson is still speaking to us and this is brand new. Launched today.
Friend’s content and mine
I feel exhausted all the time. I’m not sure if I’m burnt out. What can I do? Big shout out to my friend Sha-En Yeo, who write this very important piece. Have a read so you can know the signs and know what to do about it. Asking for help is not weakness.
If you go to one hour 22 mins on this video, you can hear Dion Jensen talking about crisis leadership and mental health on The Know Show. Some hugely powerful ideas here if you are struggling with your mindset right now. Have a listen to the pro and someone who is dedicating his life to service.
I had a wonderful opportunity to be interviewed by Dr Sharon Spano, who hosts The Other Side of Potential podcast. We discussed social leadership, including how social media is democratizing information and can be used as a tool to heal society, how to take a stand on social media without suffering negative repercussions, the importance of using inclusive and unifying language on social media, the value of objectivity and not investing emotionally in information and how we all need to walk the world with gentler feet. Here’s the link to the podcast and on Apple.
I launched my daily tips for everyone to help address climate change and here is week three. 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.
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.
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 in Ukraine
Food shortages and famine
How could the war in Ukraine impact global food supplies? tks Damian Corbet
Could The War In Ukraine Break The Global Food Supply Chain? tks Damian Corbet
Putin’s inner circle
Humanity or lack of
PM Lee Hsien Loong’s Dialogue with the Council on Foreign Relations – must watch!!
Research and data to make progress against the world’s largest problems tks Damian Corbet
Sleight of hand: Frydenberg’s disappearing cash trick tks Willie Wahlin
‘Actually a Moslem’: The true story of Morrison’s ruthless preselection tks Phillipa Edwards
Dystopia: This Horrible Time We Live In – tks Ferenc Nyiro, must watch
What about the climate displaced? tks Susanna Hasenoehrl
Business and technology
Levi’s brand president Jennifer Sey reveals CEO’s warning, claiming she was forced out for slamming COVID measures for kids while colleagues branded Fox News ‘divisive and bigoted’ after she appeared on it
Can the yuan be a key world reserve currency? tks Richard Turin
Social issues and humanity
294 The Five Laws Of Stupidity tks Ferenc Nyiro (really interesting perspective)
Passion, humour, history
Defiant family refuse to sell $50m Sydney property to developers tks Willie Wahlin
I Still Call Australia Home tks Andrew Psarianos – always emotional
Let me know what jumped out at you? Or share with me what you’re reading? I love that!
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