We’ve seen a lot of news about Ukraine in the last couple of weeks, including a lightning advance that reclaimed more than 1,000 square miles of land and a key military hub. The media has made the call that victory is imminent, however, it is not being supported by military and political experts.
The experts I’ve been tracking for months have called this war every step of the way. Right now, they are wary and believe this war has a long way to go, with many more ramifications expected. That said, there is more confidence Ukraine can succeed, and because of that, more weapons will be supplied to ensure it claims victory.
But there is a second story line on the war in Ukraine not getting as much attention, and I believe it requires equal attention. It’s focused on what’s next for Russia. Will Putin be ousted? And if he is, who will step into the void in a country with no succession plan? Will they be a better leader in the world, or even worse than what we know right now?
As an example, a group rising in Russia is a far far right movement, and it is furious about the losses in Ukraine. This group is considered the new opposition in Russia and these guys are right on the edge. If they get into power or can influence power, who knows what could unfold?
China was back in the news in regards the war this week too, as we saw the subtle conversation between President’s Xi and Putin, where China expressed ‘questions and concerns.’ India’s Modhi was more point blank – ‘this is not an era of war.’
From all I’m reading, the war is shocking, but what’s next could be even more destabilizing, not just for Russia, but for the world. And of course, a desperate Putin could go further than is good for humanity, so nuclear is still on the table.
Content to read in the global politics section below
- Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping: An increasingly unequal relationship
- Russian Lawmakers Call for Putin to Be Removed From Power Over Ukraine
- Putin Has a New Opposition—and It’s Furious at Defeat in Ukraine
- Russian Army Collapses—and Revolution—Near-Certain as Russia Loses War: When/Where Harder to Predict
- It’s Time to Prepare for a Ukrainian Victory
Short-term versus long-term thinking – in war and climate
One of the challenges I believe we face (and something I’ve been thinking about a lot lately), is short-term versus long-term thinking. This war is an example of that. Our entire Western society is structured around short-term thinking – how we vote, run our businesses, how we educate children, and more.
Right now, we’re thinking of a Ukraine victory – and we’ll celebrate it in the streets when it is finally called (if it is called) – but what will this war mean to the world after it’s over? It’s critical we pay attention to this.
With war and the climate crisis, we must start looking and thinking long-term. We must start looking at the bigger picture all the way to the end, to work out how to take the next best steps.
I’m seeing disastrous decisions being made everywhere (especially with the climate crisis), and they have long-term consequences. It requires a switch from short-term solutions that have not been thought through all the way, to end-to-end thinking BEFORE investment and implementation. Carbon capture machines are an example of this.
Another example is, when China and many other countries started building wealth, did we stop and think – what will that many more homes, cars, fridges, luxury items, food and more, mean for the environment? Do we need a different model before we go down that path?
As we know, those questions may have been asked, but the people asking them were ignored, and here we are. I do wonder if we’ll ever get that message?
Lots to read as always, so please, dig in. Time to think long-term and plan our next steps in alignment with climate science, versus being stunned when chaos strikes, a chaos that is already obvious to many, but not enough are paying attention.
Friend’s content and mine
This week I launched my new fortnightly livestream, Climate Courage. Here is the first one, explaining the goal and purpose of this content.
I Visited Singapore on Holiday 25 Years Ago. Here’s Why I Never Ended Up Leaving – David Goldwich’s daughter, Cherisse Goldwich, wrote this lovely article on why her dad moved to Singapore and stayed. Nicely honoured David.
How Being Unseen and Unheard Helped Kerrie Phipps Develop a Sensitivity to People’s Voices Wholehearted Podcast – congratulations to my friend Coen Tan on launching his new podcast, Wholehearted – a perfect topic for him. I really enjoyed the launch interview with another fabulous friend, Kerrie Phipps.
The Fog and The Bounce – a truly heartfelt piece from my friend, Tom Radford, who thinks he might be struggling with ADHD, something often missed and providing real challenges for adults who haven’t been diagnosed. Worth a look if you have been wondering if you’re struggling with it yourself.
For five years I’ve watched a massive tangle of fishing rope wash into shore and then back out to sea in the high season. So I grabbed my family and friends, and here is our first attempt to remove the “Rope Monster.” We’re going back for a second go today.
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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.
Billionaire No More: Patagonia Founder Gives Away the Company tks Samantha Gayfer
Switching to renewable energy could save trillions – study tks Damian Corbet
How do we clean up the Klongs (canals) in Phuket? Chantal Fernandes, Joshua O’Neill and CK Weeks joined me in Phuket Town to look at the waste challenge and we’re asking for help to solve it! Do you have ideas?
‘This is not as era of war’: Indian PM Modi tells Russian President Putin on sidelines of SCO summit.
Business and technology
Social issues and humanity
Jack Charles And Archie Roach: We Won’t Cry – tks Willie Wahlin
Passion, humour, history
Let me know what jumped out at you? Or share with me what you’re reading? I love that!
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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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