Two big news pieces broke this week. We have 195 carbon bombs guaranteed to take any chance of a live-able future out of the equation, and the UK Met Office researchers say that there’s now around a fifty-fifty chance that the world will warm by more than 1.5C over the next five years. That second bit isn’t news, it’s been known for some time, but at least it’s getting attention now.
It’s important to note that the 1.5C rise is not an embedded rise, it’s only temporary, but remember at 1.5, 70-90% of coral are expected to die, and well, the coral isn’t doing very well in Australia right now at current temperatures – Almost all of Great Barrier Reef coral in Australia is bleached – 91% to be precise. Dead corals is not good for life in our oceans, which is not good for life on land.
The big Guardian piece is a very comprehensive analysis and worth a read. Look out below for – Revealed: the ‘carbon bombs’ set to trigger catastrophic climate breakdown.
In summary, oil and gas majors are planning scores of vast projects that threaten to shatter the 1.5C climate goal. If governments do not act, these firms will continue to cash in as the world burns
The oil and gas industry is extremely volatile but extraordinarily profitable, particularly when prices are high, as they are at present. ExxonMobil, Shell, BP and Chevron have made almost $2tn in profits in the past three decades, while recent price rises led BP’s boss to describe the company as a “cash machine”.
I’d like to see some of that cash feeding the people suffering famine around the world, and investing in sustainable cooling solutions for people enduring 50 degree days. It’s time to pay for what they have and continue to cause. I wonder what it will take, honestly. Please read The Unsustainable Truth for a solid idea on fossil fuels.
The world’s climate scientists said in February this year, any further delay in cutting fossil fuel use would mean missing our last chance “to secure a liveable and sustainable future for all”. As the UN secretary general, António Guterres, warned world leaders in April: “Our addiction to fossil fuels is killing us.”
It’s tough to take all of this on board, but we have to pay attention. Like most, the news in the last few months has really taken a toll on me. It’s extremely alarming. I believe we will look back at 2022 when climate collapse really started to accelerate. We have no time to lose. Every day that goes by with business as usual, means more severe outcomes in the future.
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Wartburg student receives grant for community shower project in Nepal – super proud of Soniya Sanam Tanang. We met when she was at UWCT and look at her go! So proud.
“In order to protect our planet, we will need to feel and recognize our connection with the natural world again.” One of my connections on LinkedIn, Praveen Gupta, is writing some great content. Please do follow him and check out his work.
Interview with Andrea Edwards OneSharpSword – Podcast – so happy to meet Wayne D Pernell, PhD and have a heart to heart for his One Sharp Sword podcast. We covered the beauty of humanity, Uncommon Courage the book, our divisions across the world, why unity is our only chance, the growth of doomers, politics and voting, getting ready and prepared for the future, and why leaders must use their voices on the issues they care most about to help the world move forward.
Interview with Andrea Edwards – it’s also on YouTube, but I did look like I had ants in my pants 😊
I launched my daily tips for everyone to help address climate change and here is week nine, although I’m not going to be doing these daily anymore. I am 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.
People always ask me, what is the single most important change I can make to have the biggest impact as an individual? Well I did some research and while there are lots of different opinions, here are the top 10. I’ll post them through the content below. According to IPSOS, if we all took these actions, combined it would save approximately nine tonnes of CO2e per person, per year. We get a billion acting, it adds up!
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.
Britain’s Got Talent 2022 Auditions You Have To WATCH! Comedians, Golden Buzzers, MagicIans & MORE tks Joe Augustin
Climate Models tks Robert Kirubi
Greenwashing Alert: Firms Like BlackRock Are Not Our Allies tks Muriel Muriel
The Official Underwear of the Entire Planet
Hackers Humiliate Putin; Prominent Media Vandalized On Russian Holiday tks Vicky Coburn
Pete Buttigieg BRINGS THE HOUSE DOWN with must-see speech tks Andrew Bryant
Journalist Ressa on Social Media’s Impact on Elections tks Miguel Bernas
Business and technology
Social issues and humanity
Couple sue their son for £500,000 because they haven’t had a grandchild tks Dr Philip Merry
Off-the-Rack Self-Righteousness tks Mu Zebron
US billionaires’ demand for ‘golden passport’ schemes that sell citizenships to ‘safe’ countries for up to $6.5m including New Zealand and Portugal rockets by 337% in three years as fears of civil unrest spike
Passion, humour, history
Let me know what jumped out at you? Or share with me what you’re reading? I love that!
Uncommon Courage: an invitation – my latest book
Uncommon Courage is an invitation to be your courageous best self every day. It’s also an antidote to the overwhelm, fear, and rage rolling around the world. But it’s more than a book; it’s an invitation to join an inclusive community that wants to better understand humanities challenges – both global and personal – in order to take courageous action and create a better world for everyone. If Covid19 has given us the time and space to reflect, Uncommon Courage gives us the nudge we need to create lasting change.
Better yet, order it from your local bookstore, so you can #SupportLocal.
You can read the reviews, including a new five-star review on Book Commentary, another five-star review on ReaderViews, a review on BookTrib, and three more on Booklife, another on Book Commentary and Blue Ink Reviews. I’m also collating reviews on my Website too. Have a look and grateful to everyone who has written or recorded one.
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