Last week I talked about the global food crisis that is already here, and the potential impact it will have all around the world. Let’s just agree, it’s going to be a very VERY challenging time. While those of us who come from and/or live in wealthy countries might not feel the impact as badly as those suffering famine in Africa and many other parts of the world, we will ALL be impacted by this. It has already begun.
This piece blew my mind: A food insecurity expert predicts that there’s only 10 weeks of wheat supplies left in the world as Russian invasion disrupts production – you can find it down below in the climate section.
Remember, I’m not making it easy by providing links here. There’s a lot to pay attention to and that’s what the Weekend Reads is all about – encouraging you to spend time with information that matters, not the shiny stuff that always seems to grab our attention.
On the climate front (and famine is part of the climate story), we now have 100% agreement from climate scientists that we have a big problem: Those 3% of scientific papers that deny climate change? A review found them all flawed – that’s good news, right? Well finally.
Do read: The Age of Extinction Is Here — Some of Us Just Don’t Know It Yet. He’s a powerful writer.
Oh and Bangladesh got hammered by floods this week, completely extreme: Four million people hit by floods in Bangladesh: UN.
There was also a new report: Climate Code Red: 1.5 degrees Paris climate target not ‘safe or appropriate’ given climate tipping point risks, ‘major rethink’ required: new report. So yeah, it’s already escalating and we’re running full steam ahead towards 3.2C, but the damage at 1.2C is already pushing us to the brink of irreversible tipping points.
If you’re in Asia, check out this piece: Explainer: APAC at 1.5°C of global warming in Eco-business. Important to know what’s coming right?
Another piece that broke this week, also relevant to the climate crisis: People in US and UK face huge financial hit if fossil fuels lose value, study shows. This goes beyond these two countries, so you might want to check if your country is listed.
I’ve got to tell you, how this is news is beyond me. OF COURSE pensions invested in an industry that must come to an end are at risk. How are we only having this conversation now – truly? This is where new economic models – with services like Universal Basic Income – need to be considered and implemented. How else are we going to make the switch?
I have to ask – in your industry or where you live – are you seeing conversations about total transformation happening at enough of a scale to know we’re headed in the right direction? I’m certainly not. It’s essentially crickets with business-as-usual still ruling the day.
Are we really going to allow ourselves to fall off the cliff? We’ve got to get ready for what is coming, and it will require a complete transformation of how we live, work, get paid, and more.
Cos you know he’s right: Peter Kalmus: ‘As a species, we’re on autopilot, not making the right decisions.’
In the US, I suppose they think we’ll ‘war’ our way out of this? Hedges: No Way Out but War. Are we really going to allow the leaders of our world to take us here? I hope not. Complete misery and it’s not the only path available. We can be better.
On a human dignity side, we saw the release of the story: The faces from China’s Uyghur detention camps. Heart-breaking, despairing, but at least they can no longer hide behind the bullshit. Not to forget, the people who got this information are very brave indeed.
And finally, another school shooting in the US, and I just can’t even go there. It’s obvious what must be done, but it seems America isn’t willing to do it. I cannot imagine what it’s like to fear for your children doing something as simple as going to school. I can’t imagine what it’s like to live with this real possibility EVERY SINGLE DAY. It’s just wrong. I thought this quote captured it. There are many wise observations being shared.
And finally, some good news: Australia showed us that kindness and a message of unity can prevail in its national election, and I wish Labour luck. The nation certainly needs to get on side to help them succeed. Every country needs to partner with and support their leaders.
Right onto the reads.
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Content to read
And here’s the content I’ve been reading or watching 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.
NZ King Salmon to close farms due to rising sea temperatures tks Sussana Hasenoehrl
Feeling Doomed? How to Tackle Climate Anxiety Podcast tks Kate Marsden
Climate worries galvanize a new pro-nuclear movement in the U.S. tks Samantha Gayfer
WOW: Furious Beto O’Rourke interrupts Greg Abbott’s press conference, SHREDS him, gets escorted out – Gina Giachetti
What Labor promised the arts tks Phillipa Edwards
Business and technology
A little less now gives us much more future tks Dr David Ko
Social issues and humanity
Steve Kerr Delivers Powerful Message After Mass Shooting At Elementary School
Passion, humour, history
Tom Cruise Terrifies James in ‘Top Gun’ Fighter Jet!
Let me know what jumped out at you? Or share with me what you’re reading? I love that!
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