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#112 Weekend reads – the end of abundance

At the top of the climate section is an article titled: ‘Macron warns of ‘end of abundance’ as France faces difficult winter.’ The political commentary about this statement that’s getting the attention, is a focus on the fact many people in France have never enjoyed the abundance he is referring to. Fair enough. It’s a valid point.

But for me, he is speaking to a much bigger idea. We have hit the end of abundance globally and those of us lucky enough to be in the 10% of wealthiest people in the world (salary $38,000+ according to Oxfam), are starting to feel this truth.

Whether we like it or not, the change has started. It could be the higher cost of goods, or just no availability of our favorite items, which is happening right now. This week, the supermarket shelves were empty where I live. In the news, we see famine on the rise globally, and it’s a combination of drought impact, war and supply-chain issues. This will become a much bigger issue we will all face as the world gets hotter.

Whether you’re just starting to pay attention, or have been for some time, we are heading into the greatest period of change this world has ever known, and while I know many fear this, I really want to encourage you to watch ‘The Great Simplification.’ It is not a scary message, it’s a beautiful one.   

The challenge we face right now is, how do we go about this transformation?

Do we continue to hold on for dear life to all we have enjoyed up to this point? Because if we do, it’s going to keep getting worse.

Do we put up walls and protect our own and screw everyone else?

Do we sink into societal breakdown and the violence that comes with it?

Do we leave billions of climate refugees on our borders, suffering and dying?

Do we accept the climate getting worse, unlive-able for billions and the mass extinctions already happening? Equally, what ecosystem collapse will have the biggest impact on us? The pollinators? The coral reefs?

Do we accept a world that is becoming more and more uninhabitable and unpredictable, which means less certainty for all of us?

Or do we say, no?

I hope, for our kids’ futures, it’s a big fat no.

Because when we finally get to the point of consensus (a consensus we desperately need), we must start planning this transformation at speed and at scale. This means coming together as a united world (and yes there will always be those fighting against it, but we do it anyway) and then we look at the massive issues we face and work out the solutions together.

A few top-of-mind examples

We start building the infrastructure now to support the refugees. This is happening, they are coming, and they need our help. They also need to be safe and have the chance to live in dignity. Remember, 50% of the 100 million refugees today are children. We could have billions on the move soon.

We set up a global team of water management experts who go into each country and solve the challenge of water. If we can keep people where they are, we will have more peace in the world. Many countries in drought are not managing this very important asset. These people do not have to move.

We switch to a predominantly plant-based diet, and we support farmers in this transition. However, to make a massive impact, fast food chains must go plant-based, and let’s face it, the Amazon desperately needs this move. Please watch and read the content George Monbiot is sharing. I shared a video last week in my Weekend Reads from him on this topic. It’s a huge part of the solution and we can do it.

We invest in all the countries on the front line of climate change to help them adapt. This investment means there is a greater chance they won’t migrate. As above, if we can keep people where they are, it’s better for everyone. But those who can’t stay need to be supported.

We invest in our home countries. We change our transportation systems to be as green as possible as quickly as possible. This means making services like trains and buses public again and affordable. We invest in our water infrastructure. We make our towns and cities green. We focus on planting trees in the poorest neighbourhoods, so they survive intense heat. This is something we saw in India. The wealthier, tree-filled suburbs handled the heat wave this summer much better than those living in the poorer communities.

We sort out the media and its destructive impact on society (read ‘We have to stop normalising the absurd’), we need to rebuild trust in our societies, we must fix the institutions our societies are built on (education, medical, the law and more), we get fossil fuels off the table but we do it intelligently (it’s not going to stop overnight), we work out how to solve the divisions in our countries, we must stop war, we need a fully circular economy, Universal Basic Income is a must, we switch to a degrowth economy, and on I could go.

A big call? Well, when everyone keeps telling me there is no hope (and maybe they are right), I keep seeing this answer. It’s a HUGE transformation ahead of us, and it’s enormously challenging too, but if we can dream bigger than we ever have before and commit to coming together to get the job done, we will build something better.

Let’s design a world where we can take desperation out of our societies. There’s too much desperation everywhere – except for those at the very top of course. Enough.

Our world has been built on the back of environmental devastation and human suffering. Our opportunity is to change that and we want to change it, don’t we?

Anyways, get stuck into the reads and please always remember, we are the hope we are looking for. All of us. I know it’s hard to hold onto sometimes, but we can do this. We can. Let’s all get involved.  

Friend’s content and mine

Humble-bragging to greenwash: the seven sins of sustainability professionals on LinkedIn – great read by Robin Hicks

I really enjoyed doing this podcast with Samantha Gayfer – The path out of eco-anxiety is ACTION – tips when sitting in the grief. A big part of facing the climate crisis is going through eco-anxiety. Why would anyone want to do that? So I thought it was really important to capture what it feels like, so hopefully, it will show us all we can face it and get on with the job that needs to be done.

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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.

Climate crisis

Frankly#6 The End of Abundance

Macron warns of ‘end of abundance’ as France faces difficult winter | France | The Guardian

We have to stop normalising the absurd – Prospect Magazine

‘Just the beginning’: dawn of greenwash era for journalism in Asia? | News | Eco-Business | Asia Pacific

The world stands on a nuclear precipice – we must avoid catastrophe | Jacinda Ardern | The Guardian

Horn of Africa ‘Cannot wait’: WFP scales up assistance as historic drought raises famine threat | World Food Programme

Scientists, First Nations in Dawson City dig deep into our future under climate change tks Laura Ashton

There is No Such Thing as Low Carbon Beef

Google ‘airbrushes’ out emissions from flying, BBC reveals – BBC News (

California to Ban the Sale of New Gasoline Cars

Creating Shared Value (

Americans Aren’t Scared of Anything, Except Having to Share. | by Jessica Wildfire

Is Advertising Causing Climate Change? Actually, It’s Worse Than That | The Drum

A near 100 per cent renewables grid is well within reach, and with little storage | RenewEconomy

Energy & Climate Intelligence Unit | IPCC Explainer: The Science of… (

‘It stinks’: Windermere plagued by blue-green algae as ‘toxic as cobra venom’ | Lake District | The Guardian

The ‘illusion of knowledge’ that makes people overconfident – BBC Worklife

Australasian Centre for Corporate Responsibility expands landmark Federal Court case against Santos – ACCR

The areas of Wales that would be under water and lost by 2050 based on current climate trends – Wales Online

‘Wrong side of history’ | Wake up to the hype around green hydrogen for heating | Recharge

Should Canada invest in hydrogen? Here are the pros and cons | Financial Post

Climate change forces indigenous islanders in Panama to relocate – BBC News

Do people really understand the fight we’re in? (

Salsa and spaghetti sauce are under threat as the worst drought in 1,200 years threatens California’s tomato crop | Fortune

Long overlooked, East Malaysia’s disappearing shorelines in spotlight as government tackles coastal erosion | News | Eco-Business | Asia Pacific

La Nina alert issued as meteorologists warn of ‘potent’ spring-summer weather for Australia | 7NEWS

What the rare ‘triple-dip’ La Niña could mean for winter (

Upon reflection, scientists evaluate Earth-cooling strategies | Cornell Chronicle

The world’s roads aren’t ready for climate change | The Independent

Solar briefly overtakes coal in Australia as number one source of power nationally – ABC News

El Niño Modoki can be mostly predicted more than 10 years ahead of time | Scientific Reports (

Dugong: Animal that inspired mermaid tales extinct in China – BBC News

Workers could be part-paid with fruit and veg as farmers seek to ‘streamline’ pay deals | Industrial relations | The Guardian

Perdaman fertiliser plant near ancient rock art gets nod from Plibersek, leaving some ‘devastated’ – ABC News

Americans experience a false social reality by underestimating popular climate policy support by nearly half | Nature Communications

Is France banning private jets? Everything we know from a week of green transport proposals | Euronews

Fast-warming, ailing Med Sea may be a sign of things to come (

China issues nationwide drought alert amid extreme heat (

NASA – Satellite Measurements Help Reveal Ozone Damage to Important Crops

Green farming: The shift in food and agriculture | Sustainability | McKinsey & Company

IFIC survey shows Gen Z interest in sustainability | Food Business News

John Oliver on corporate ‘net zero’ proposals: ‘We cannot offset our way out of climate change’ | John Oliver | The Guardian

No Breakthroughs in Nuclear: It’s Not Cheaper, Faster, or Safer | Nasdaq

Yangtze shrinks as China’s drought disrupts industry | AP News tks Susanna Hasenoehrl

Floods, landslides kill dozens as monsoon rains lash northern, eastern India | Reuters

Horn of Africa drought places 22 million people at risk of starvation, says UN | Africa | The Guardian

News Analysis: Aussie meteorological experts seek answers in a world of extremes-Xinhua

CBA mortgages worth $31b exposed to extreme weather event risks

Plant-based meat by far the best climate investment, report finds | Food | The Guardian

Europe’s farmers look to a future of long-term drought

India monsoon rains cause fatal bridge collapse – BBC News

Covid – not climate change – has nudged Australians towards greener lifestyles: study | News | Eco-Business | Asia Pacific

The Colorado River drought across Lake Mead and Lake Powell, as seen in NASA satellite images – Vox

Hidden Menace: Massive methane leaks speed up climate change | AP News

Go read this investigation into major methane leaks in Texas and New Mexico – The Verge

The New US Climate Law Will Reduce Carbon Emissions and Make Electricity Less Expensive, Economists Say – Inside Climate News

UK drought: Why do the trees think it’s autumn already? – BBC News

New study quantifies the carbon emissions of virtual conferences (

Net Zero is Seriously Worth It!

Global politics

‘They robbed me of my children’: Yemen’s war victims tell their stories | Yemen | The Guardian

Emily Maitlis says ‘active Tory party agent’ shaping BBC news output | BBC | The Guardian (

Zaporizhzhia: World narrowly avoided radiation accident – Zelensky – BBC News

Judge Orders Redacted Affidavit Used in Trump Search Warrant to Be Unsealed – The New York Times (

Revealed: leaked video shows Amy Coney Barrett’s secretive faith group drove women to tears | US news | The Guardian

Republicans thought they had midterms in the bag. Voters just rejected them again | Lloyd Green | The Guardian

Biden’s Student-Loan Gamble – The Atlantic

Anthony Albanese was cheered for skolling a beer. Are women in power treated the same?

Murdoch inquiry in motion as Daniel acts on media concentration ( tks Phillipa Edwards

Trump appears to concede he illegally retained official documents | Donald Trump | The Guardian

Prayuth Chan-ocha: Thai court suspends PM and coup leader – BBC News

Finland’s PM passed her drugs test – now for the rest of the world leaders | Arwa Mahdawi | The Guardian

See Photos From Russia’s Invasion on the Ground in Ukraine – The New York Times

Najib Heads to Jail, Finally

Twitter Whistleblower Alleges Deception: Allegations from Docs | Time

Women in Finland post party videos to back PM Sanna Marin | Finland | The Guardian (

Darya Dugina: Daughter of Putin ally killed in Moscow blast – BBC News

Business and technology

No one’s getting high on the new cannabis Laws (

Why It Seems Like So Many Big Tech Whistleblowers Are Women – Ethical Systems

The Staggering Economics of the Tesla Semi | Torque News

Crikey-Lachlan Murdoch legal battle erupts amid publication subscriber push (

How to stay cool as competition heats up in ice cream and yogurt | McKinsey

Don’t Let Cynicism Undermine Your Workplace (

Richard Murphy on tax, accounting and political economy (

America’s 1% Has Taken $50 Trillion From the Bottom 90% | Time

A Respected MIT Professor Said Your Success Will Be Determined by 3 Things. Here’s How to Get Better at Each of Them |

Social issues and humanity

‘Oh well, wine o’clock’: what midlife women say about drinking and why it’s hard to stop | Belinda Lunnay, Kristen Foley and Paul Ward for the Conversation | The Guardian

Uvalde school shooting: Embattled police chief Pete Arredondo fired – BBC News

Forgotten Fearless Women of Freedom – Lokmarg – News Views Blogs

Hillary Clinton addresses husband’s infidelity in trailer for new TV show | Hillary Clinton | The Guardian

The people making a difference: the man who set up a mental health walking group for ‘blokes’ | Mental health | The Guardian tks Chantal Fernandes

Maharashtra: Missing girl found after nine years recounts ordeal – BBC News

377A: Singapore to end ban on gay sex – BBC News

Yeshiva College Bondi ordered to shutdown after the school put ‘the safety of children at risk’ | Daily Mail Online

Why are rich Chinese consumers selling their Rolexes? Passing on your luxury watch or Hermès Birkin bag might get you cash quick in China’s struggling economy – but prices are dropping | South China Morning Post (

Jonah Hill to stop promoting films to protect his mental health – BBC News

Can Christians be Woke?

Passion, humour, history

Archaeologists Unearth Tomb Of Genghis Khan ( tks David Lim

Eurotunnel Le Shuttle: Passengers stuck for hours inside Channel Tunnel – BBC News

Schools that Excel: Switch in study focus pays off at Ivanhoe Girls’ Grammar (

Meet Chata, The Adorable Munchkin Kitten That’s Going Viral On Instagram For His Hilarious Sleeping Habits (

Let me know what jumped out at you? Or share with me what you’re reading? I love that!



Environment education

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