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#123 Weekend reads – human rights are non-negotiable, right?

The World Cup is here and the only person in our home interested is my 14-year-old son, Jax. Good on him. There are various stories swirling around the Cup this year, and of course, the one getting the most attention (apart from the upsets) is the European teams being banned by FIFA from wearing ‘One Love’ armbands. Germany’s response – human rights are non-negotiable – and I’m absolutely 100 per cent with them.

Like all stories, there are many layers and angles to it, including the perspective in the Middle East that is VERY different in its view of this protest. But that essential message about human rights is one that will always get my attention.

I fully support the LGBTQIA+ community and I’m delighted that the football teams are speaking up (what enormous social change this could drive?), but I suppose I’m just a little surprised that the bigger issue of migrant worker deaths and abuse when building the World Cup venue isn’t the biggest issue bringing everyone together?

For me, this has been a shocking side of the Qatar World Cup and once again, shows how far we have to go in acknowledging how much discrimination and inequality exists right across our world, as well as the determination we need to change it. It’s another black mark on FIFA, because they did not fix this at all.

Just a couple of stories to get a sense of this side…

Inside Qatar’s ‘other’ fan zone: a night watching football with Qatar’s migrant workers

‘Our dreams never came true.’ These men helped build Qatar’s World Cup, now they are struggling to survive

Determination to address issues like this – wherever they happen – are vital, because to overcome the global challenges we face requires our attention and commitment to ending it! Equality and diversity are incredibly important if we want to correct what we have gotten wrong in our societies. Equality and diversity are critical if we want to solve the problems we collectively face.

It is beyond time we gave this the attention it deserves! Because the truth is, everyone wins if we get this right.

As always, lots going on in the news, so grab a coffee, tea or a wine, and dig in.

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Seasoned Voices Radio – Episode 2 with Pat Armistead, Joyologist – I loved this conversation, hosted by the amazing Simone de Haas. She is driving something really important, conversations from seasoned voices.


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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

How Consumerism Destroys Our minds – Happy Black Friday!


Saudi Arabia has a new green agenda. Cutting oil production isn’t part of it.

Climate change is accelerating because of rich consumers’ energy use. Here are some solutions.

How a ‘Carbon Cage’ Blocks Climate Mitigation

‘Second spring’ as UK experiences record above-average temperatures

Degrowth is not austerity – it is actually just the opposite

Beyond Meat Is Struggling, and the Plant-Based Meat Industry Worries

Larry Elliot’s Version of Degrowth Is Something Else

In a First, Rich Countries Agree to Pay for Climate Damages in Poor Nations

Opinion | This Is the Reality of America’s Fast-Fashion Addiction

Women lead climate talks’ toughest topic: reparations

The Mangrove Breakthrough: a call to action for a critical ecosystem

Goodbye AC: This new roofing material keeps houses cool

A new way to recycle plastic

Inside a $3 million doomsday condo that can sustain 75 people for 5 years

Massive craters formed by methane blow-outs from the Arctic sea floor

Provisional State of the Global Climate in 2022 report


Indonesia’s food security plan will escalate climate and biodiversity crises: Activists

Business giants call on corporates to halve value chain emissions by 2030

Inside the Boohoo warehouse where workers call themselves slaves

Ignore the climate doomsters: we should celebrate our 8 billion population

The UK towns and cities that could be swallowed by the sea this century

Climate Disruption Caused by a Decline in Marine Biodiversity and Pollution

How disposable tech is feeding an e-waste crisis

World still ‘on brink of climate catastrophe’ after Cop27 deal

New investigation alleges deforestation and greenwashing linked to Michelin.

I sold 50million scooters and changed the way people travel in town – now I’m doing the same with a car

We are still not taking climate change seriously

New Morgan Stanley Strategy Aims to Reduce One Gigaton in CO2 Emissions

The urgency of urban flooding: What Bengaluru floods 2022 taught us

Carbon Billionaires: The investment emissions of the world’s richest people

Your Favourite Beverages Don’t Do Much Environmentally

Hothouse Earth #ClimateHell #COP27 #EcologicalCrisis #ClimateCrisis #EconomicCrisis #TellTheTruth #auspol

#SayNoToFastFashion: Starting this Black Friday, we are banning fast fashion brands


Patong’s flood-causing drains get national attention

EU proposal the game-changer at COP27

Swimming In Superbugs: MRSA and E COLI Found In British Rivers

Catalonia limits water use as Spain prays for rain after hot dry summer

If today’s ‘effective’​ marketing doesn’t give a stuff about sustainability then the last thing it should be called is, ‘good’​

A Million Migrating Birds Expecting Kansas Wetlands Will Find Dust

How tide has turned on UK tidal stream energy as costs ebb and reliability flows

Flooding is inconvenient – now imagine if it happened all the time in S’pore

The upcoming El Nino and further events and developments

If It Can’t Be Reduced


Over 20,000 died in western Europe’s summer heatwaves, figures show

Travel emissions drop aided lockdown methane surge

Biden Administration Quietly Approves Huge Oil Export Project Despite Climate Rhetoric

The little-known nut that may save at-risk rainforests

10 Things You Can Do To Help Save Our Planet

US declares lab-grown meat safe to eat in ‘groundbreaking’ move

Embrace what may be the most important green technology ever. It could save us all

What the world needs now

Journey To The Doomsday Glacier

Water companies call for a ban on wet wipes

Sustainability in hospitality is good business

Swedish activists, including Greta Thunberg, sue state alleging climate policies violate human rights

Saudi Arabia: Rainstorms and floods hit Jeddah, November 24, 2022 

Global politics

Taylor Swift ticket trouble could drive political engagement

Can America’s Aging Leadership Deliver the Future? The Political Scene | The New Yorker Podcast

Ukraine war: Putin tells Russian soldiers’ mothers he shares their pain

Millions of lives under threat in Ukraine this winter – WHO

Attacks put Ukraine energy system on brink of collapse

Zaporizhzhia shelling: Explosions at occupied nuclear site in Ukraine

Millions of lives under threat in Ukraine this winter – WHO

Ukraine’s power grid destroyed on a ‘colossal’ scale after Russian strikes, says energy chief – as it happened

Musk lifts Donald Trump’s Twitter ban

Donald Trump sued as New York Adult Survivors Act takes effect

Jack Smith: Why a war crimes expert will decide whether to charge Trump

How the Supreme Court Likely Handed Control of the House to Republicans

Former Anti-Abortion Leader Alleges Another Supreme Court Breach

Fact-checking Giorgia Meloni’s claim about France

Business and technology

‘The world should be worried’: Saudi Aramco — the world’s largest oil producer — has issued a dire warning over ‘extremely low’ capacity. Here are 3 stocks for protection

Polyamory, penthouses and plenty of loans: inside the crazy world of FTX

Ex-Disney CEO Bob Iger is back in charge of the company, less than 3 years after handing over the reins to Bob Chapek

Elon Musk’s Twitter Teeters on the Edge After Another 1,200 Leave

“They Can’t Afford It” — Salesgirl Exposes Tactics She Learnt Working In Luxury Retail tks Evelyn Lee

Amazon Alexa is a “colossal failure,” on pace to lose $10 billion this year

Are you preparing for the 2023 global recession?

Sad reality of Australia’s technology industry exposed in telling photo

Social issues and humanity

Indonesia earthquake: Search for survivors as death toll soars

Kimberley’s El Questro split into tourism and nature reserve under new Indigenous land use deal tks Kaz Stahl

Twins born from embryos frozen 30 years ago

Bondi becomes nude beach as thousands take part in Spencer Tunick’s Sydney installation+

‘Bloody Aboriginal’: Liberal candidate rails against Indigenous people, abortion and climate change

10 atheist quotes that will make you question religion

People with superior sense of smell are better navigators, study reveals

Your identity is a story you tell yourself – The Gray Area with Sean Illing Podcast

This World Cup Fan Village is Beginning to Look a Lot Like Fyre Fest 2.0

World Cup 2022: Iran players decline to sing national anthem

FIFA World Cup 2022: Japan Fans Impress By Cleaning Up Qatar Stadium After Opening Match tks Ann-Katrin Van Schie

Germany players cover mouths in team photo amid armband row

Inside Qatar’s ‘other’ fan zone: a night watching football with Qatar’s migrant workers

‘Our dreams never came true.’ These men helped build Qatar’s World Cup, now they are struggling to survive

Zero-Covid China asks: Is World Cup on another planet?

China Xinjiang: Urumqi rocked by Covid lockdown protests after deadly fire

You May Be Early, but You’re Not Wrong: A Covid Reading List

Record number of cases as virus surges nationwide

The surprising downsides of empathy

‘Festival of Brexit’ visitor numbers fall short of expectations

I meditated 15 hours a day for 6 months straight with one of the toughest Buddhist monks on the planet.

Zero tolerance for everyday sexism

Tim Minchin: ‘The world would be better if people read more and watched less of The Kardashians’

Why Does the U.S. Have So Many Mass Shootings? Research Is Clear: Guns.

Club Q Colorado shooting: Suspect held after five killed in attack at nightclub

Paul Tambyah: Not appropriate to fund treatment of rare diseases through crowd-funding or charity funds

Emma Corrin: The Crown star calls for gender neutral awards

Kobe Bryant’s daughter, Natalia, files restraining order against alleged stalker tks Evelyn Lee

The Origin of Consciousness – How Things Became Aware

Passion, humour, history

Tutankhamun’s inspiring 21st Century afterlife

Flossie, 26, officially the world’s oldest cat tks Lex Johnson

135-year-old message in a bottle found under floorboards

‘Love Actually’ Cast to Reunite for 20th Anniversary Holiday Special

Divers discover world’s largest underwater cave system filled with Mayan mysteries

Man Keeps Rock For Years, Hoping It’s Gold. It Turns Out to Be Far More Valuable

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



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