Did you miss me? It’s been good to have a break from the Reads, but I’m back, more determined than ever to encourage everyone to pay attention to the information and news that matters.
It’s a frustrating job, especially when Kim Kardashian’s latest break-up, or newest lady-scaping technique, fashion statement, butt, etc, etc, etc, dominates the headlines. So many shiny things, so little time…
Another terrible thing, which appears to be escalating, is disinformation, especially regarding climate. A piece shared on LinkedIn about Scottish deforestation didn’t ring true, after recently visiting the Scottish Highlands and understanding what was going on in reality. In case you don’t know, Scotland is running an amazing re-wilding program and you can see it with your own eyes. It’s stunning.
The article in question, it turns out, was on a site known for climate disinformation, but the comments demonstrated that people believed the story. We have to work so much harder if we really want to understand what is going on. Another reason I’m doing these reads, to help you navigate this maelstrom of nonsense.
And another article started circulating: 1,200 Scientists and Professionals Declare: “There is No Climate Emergency.” You’ll see below a link to a Twitter thread, which explains what’s going on here. In summary, from the Twitter thread:
- “The Declaration is in fact just a continuation of a project by something called the Climate Intelligence Foundation (CLINTEL), a lobby group funded by two Dutch millionaires
- “CLINTEL is deeply intertwined with fossil fuel money and many of its ambassadors are involved with US fossil fuel lobbyists the Heartland Institute and the Cato Institute
- “When you scroll down the list of signatories, you’ll note that few come from climate-related disciplines. A notable number are from the oil and gas industry. Eight are either current or former Shell employees.
- “This is one of the lead signatories. A classics graduate and someone who called himself a Lord so much that the House of Lords had to come out and say he wasn’t. This is what This House of Cards is being built on?
- “To be fair it says 1,200 scientists *and professionals* so most could be plumbers and decorators.”
What concerns me about all of this is, we just don’t have time for any of this, we really don’t. The science is clear, and if you’re not convinced, check out the most trusted source for climate information, which is NASA.
But more than that, all of this misinformation makes it so much harder for us to navigate – which, of course, is the intention for spreading misinformation in the first place.
How do we know what is true and what is lies? How do we know which publications are pushing a narrative backed by bigger interests, like the fossil fuel industry? My suggestion, if something doesn’t ring true, do a search on the publication. If it has been criticized for misinformation, you will find links that go deeper. The work to get to the truth is on us.
And let’s be honest, can we really continue to ignore what is going on with our own eyes? I hope not, because that pushes me towards despair.
The world is on fire, widespread drought is here, famine is on the rise and will get worse year after year, fuel and food poverty is impacting up to 60% of populations in wealthy countries, in poorer countries the struggle is terrible. Rivers are running dry, emissions are going into overdrive because of all the forests lost due to fire and deforestation, we can’t drink rainwater anywhere on earth because it’s full of forever chemicals, if the rivers haven’t run dry they are full of pharmaceuticals, the ninth of nine planetary boundary will soon be crossed, extinction events of epic proportions are happening right now, micro-plastics are in our bodies, our blood and babies born today have plastic in their bodies, we have 100 million refugees and 50% of them are children…..
We are in trouble and the only way to deal with that trouble is to understand it, and then start working together to overcome it. We must also start adaptation plans and we are so far off doing that.
I read a comment the other day saying something along the lines of: any city or country that says it is serious about climate change and has not built the infrastructure to support safe cycling is NOT serious about climate change. After my journey through Europe, where I saw lots of great initiatives – like re-wilding everywhere, food waste collection in the UK to turn it into biofuels, etc… – many of the big cities and towns had no safe cycling paths.
No one country is doing enough, not even remotely enough. If it was 1970, these actions might have mattered, but now, a complete transformation is required. It’s all in now my friends. We’ve got to rip it up and start again, with earth health and respect for ALL life on earth at the center of those plans. Otherwise, we won’t succeed, and we will be setting ourselves up for vast misery – regardless of where we live right now.
Don’t believe me? No worries, I’ll keep going regardless, I can’t quit, even when it is excruciatingly difficult sometimes. My boys and all children deserve that commitment. Let’s all do what we can and fight for the future our kids deserve.
Friend’s content and mine
Hot tips for a successful return home – an interview with Shirley Taylor, who recently returned home and inspires me with how successful the move has been. If you are moving or have moved and you’re not adjusting, please do have a listen for some great tips.
Most influential women in UK tech: The 2022 longlist featuring my amazing friend Jessica Figueras, amongst many other great ladies.
I was thrilled to be interviewed on The Author’s Corner Podcast, where we discussed LinkedIn for authors, but it really does appeal more broadly – Optimizing Your LinkedIn Profile with the Digital Conversationalist, Andrea T. Edwards
When I was on holidays, this podcast came out When You Own Your Voice, You Own Your Future With Andrea T Edwards. Jeanette Linfoot is fabulous, and I really enjoyed the opportunity to have a deep and meaningful conversation. We need all of the great people in the world speaking up! Be courageous my friends.
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 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. Please share too. We need to wake up the world.
Are EVs really better for the climate?
The century of climate migration: why we need to plan for the great upheaval tks Kevin Cottam, great read
Dave Vetter on Twitter and then dig into this thread
Experts call for more public urgency on climate change
Eco-anxiety: the psychological aftermath of the climate crisis Samantha Gayfer
Irreversible declines in freshwater storage projected in parts of Asia by 2060 tks Susanna Hasenoehrl
Drought In Central Europe Reveals Cautionary ‘Hunger Stones’ In Czech River tks Benjamin Jenkins
The Emotional Toll of Climate Change on Science Professionals tks Samantha Gayfer
George Monbiot FULL INTERVIEW: the environment “MYTHS” threatening the world | The New Statesman
Cold War 2.0 | Bronwyn Williams & Velina Tchakarova
Business and technology
BIEN: The precarious beginnings of a worldwide network tks Robert Kirubi
Social issues and humanity
Why I changed careers to teach high school – then quit tks Claire Kielty
Why Education Is About To Reach A Crisis Of Epic Proportions tks Samantha Gayfer
Passion, humour, history
Let me know what jumped out at you? Or share with me what you’re reading? I love that!
Three environment resources to help navigate this challenging territory. 1. Knowledge, constantly updating. 2. Individual action and awareness, so we do our part. 3. Resources for those struggling with eco-anxiety. Please share with your community.
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.
Come and join the conversation in my new Facebook Group Uncommon Courage.
The Know Show
Check out The Know Show. It’s a fortnightly wrap up of the news! Starting again, September 2nd.
18 Steps to an All-Star LinkedIn Profile (2022 edition)
Listed by Book Authority in the 100 Best LinkedIn Books of All Time and 22 Best New LinkedIn eBooks To Read In 2021 and 2022 categories. Grab it today if you want to take your professional presence to the next level! When it comes to LinkedIn, it really is time to ask — can you really afford not to have this book in the hands of every employee?
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