One of the news stories that broke this week was Kate Bush is back in the charts, due to her song – Running Up That Hill – capturing the imagination of a new generation, when featured on Stranger Things. Of all the pieces I read or commentary, I think this Tweet was the best.
Moving away from the environment this week, but there’s plenty to read below, I want to highlight three stories that deserve our attention.
- Teachers speak out about ‘atrocious’ staff shortages crippling many NSW public schools – ABC News
- The storm clouds of Brexit and Covid have moved on – but Britain just isn’t working any more – The Guardian
- Johnson’s Culture War Against Judges Having a ‘Chilling Effect’ on Rule of Law, Warns Parliamentary Report – Byline Times
One of the issues raised consistently throughout the pandemic, was that our institutions are crumbling and failing the people they are meant to serve, and it is happening in the wealthiest countries on earth. Failing institutions mean that challenging times are harder to face, because the systems we rely on cannot do the job they are supposed to do – think health, security, education and more.
These three stories really capture this story, and it is a sign of impending societal breakdown IF we don’t wake up and pay attention. We have lost respect for essential pillars in our society and we need to come together to work out how to get it back. That will take all of us understanding it’s important.
The first story, in NSW, Australia, highlights that career educators across the country are saying they’ve never seen anything like it before. A whole generation of children are being failed, but the teachers are being failed too.
And then in the UK, the systemic failure is even more extreme. From childcare to the courts, public service failures are causing chaos.
The jubilee holiday period saw Britain’s airports collapse into chaos. Thousands of flights cancelled and tens of thousands of holidays wrecked, with the transport secretary, Grant Shapps, at a loss as to what to do. We hear daily that the NHS is in distress. It has “lost” 25,000 beds, and a staggering 14 million patients face delayed surgery, 300,000 for heart treatment.
The final article discusses how political and media attacks on the judiciary are putting the constitution, democracy, human rights and the rule of law at risk.
“At a time that the rule of law has been broken at Number 10 and the human rights of refugees is centre-stage in the media, the case for a safeguarded and impartial judiciary is of critical importance to protect our fundamental values of democracy, rights and the rule of law from erosion in the future.”
Why all of this matters? Lack of trust in the institutions that run our countries, and the collapse of these institutions, is a signal that a broader societal collapse is on the way. For the poorest people in these societies, the impact will be greatest, and it’s already happening. With everything else going on in the world, this is alarming.
Here’s Kate Bush if you need a break from reality for a moment.
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Improving sustainability in business: What can companies do? – congratulations to Susanna Hasenoehrl. She is doing a superb job as SAP’s head of sustainability for Asia Pacific and Japan.
I also put together this article, Multiple resources for eco-anxiety from institutions to books to videos – and it is jam packed with links to resources, across a wide spectrum, for anyone who is struggling with eco-anxiety. There is also content for kids. Please pass this onto anyone you know who is struggling with eco-anxiety or eco-grief. So important people know there is help and wisdom at hand.
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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.
Devastation of Australia’s climate change crisis captured on camera – tks Vicky Coburn
Millions Across the Southwest Face Weekend Heat Alerts tks Damian Corbet
Is your money being used to fund climate chaos? tks Dion Jensen
Business and technology
Social issues and humanity
Matthew McConaughey discusses Uvalde victims, calls for gun control measures at White House
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.
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