A few years ago, my friend Joe Augustin, asked if I had plans to move back to Australia one day, and I said, for my boy’s future, Australia does not look like a great option. Well apparently, I was right – the escalation is here and it’s alarming. Sorry fellow Aussies, but we must face what is happening so we can get ready.
The title that got my attention this week in Phys.org is: Climate change will clearly disrupt El Niño and La Niña this decade, 40 years earlier than we thought. Another ‘decades earlier than expected’ statement, something we will continue to hear. Please see below in the climate section for a link to the article.
Some other headlines to look out for
- Extreme weather to strike Australia decades earlier than expected
- The great deluge: Australia’s new era of unnatural disasters
- Australia is f#cked.
To sum it all up, La Niña is the weather pattern that is the main driver of heavy rain and flooding that has devastated much of Australia’s southeast in recent months (and years). When it switches to El Niño, that weather pattern brings drier conditions and drought to much of Australia. We are currently in a third (unusual) La Niña, so we will have more of the same until it switches.
The name of both patterns, plus the third – neutral – are known as the El Niño-Southern Oscillation. This is the strongest and most consequential factor driving Earth’s weather, and when we look at extreme weather events all around the world, this is the culprit.
In the recent findings: It found climate change will clearly influence the El Niño-Southern Oscillation by 2030—so in just eight years’ time. This has big implications for how Australians prepare for extreme weather events.
Another piece, in Arctic News: The upcoming El Nino and further events and developments, goes a layer deeper. It states that El Nino is expected to coincide with a peak in sunspots, which looks set to reach a higher-than-expected maximum impact around July 2025. Equally, the impact of the upcoming El Niño could make a difference of more than 0.5°C over the next few years.
Globally, we’re currently at 1.2C warming, but Australia is 1.47C, which makes an additional .5C warming very alarming.
I know this ain’t pretty reading, but to my Aussie friends and family, please understand the risks to you and your loved ones. Work with governments – local, state and national – to get adaptation plans accelerated (it basically hasn’t started) so you can ensure your safety. Really think about purchases big and small, and if you are in the home market, is the home you’re planning to buy safe? Check its insurance status and check with your lender too.
A big part of adaptation is community cooperation and collaboration. Work with your community on adaptation plans – like setting up off grid energy communally, securing water sources if you can and so on. Also, please, plant a garden. We have a global famine on the way, so anything you can do to secure your families future is critical now. Don’t get sideswiped by this please!
I say the governments aren’t ready and they are not. Countries like Singapore have been working on adaptation plans for decades, but most are not looking ahead to the next 100 years at all. During the four extreme weather experiences I had this year, I listened carefully to what the politicians were saying, and every time, they were not speaking the right language.
Here’s a little script I wrote for Australian Prime Minister, Anthony Albanese, when answering a question from a journalist, about whether they would heighten a dam wall in Tasmania, when he was visiting after the recent floods.
His response was a little bit of nothing to a very important question, so here is what I think he should have said – and all leaders must now start speaking this language. If they are not, they are not protecting you!
“We are reviewing the entire nations infrastructure, from roads to dams, trains to homes, farms, energy and more. We are going to work out what we need to do to keep Australians safe for the next 50 or 100 years and beyond. Most importantly, we are doing this assessment based on the climate scientists who are advising our government, and to ensure we succeed, our whole country must come together to do the necessary, to ensure we do not experience mass suffering. We have many challenges ahead, including relocating communities who can no longer stay where they are. This is going to be a hard time for all of us, but our greatest chance of success is coming together and doing this together.”
When I’ve talked about Australia as an option to my British husband Steve, he said something interesting: of all the countries in the world, it is the character of Australians that will see them come together and do what is needed to secure their future. He thinks that essential quality – the Aussie spirit – is what will matter in the long term.
I know he is right, and Aussies will shine as they confront these enormous challenges together, but I still don’t think Australia is a potential destination for our family. I haven’t written it off completely, because some other catastrophes predicted in the Northern Hemisphere could change everything (more on that in another post), however until that happens, we’ll be watching, waiting and preparing. I hope you’re preparing too.
Friend’s content and mine
The struggle of conflicting emotions my amazing friend Sha-En Yeo is a big-hearted lady, and this is a really powerful piece on managing our own happiness, when the people in our lives challenge it. Well worth a read if you’re struggling with family or friend dynamics.
An Interview with Natalie Turner, author, keynote speaker & established expat! A really inspiring interview with my pal, Natalie Turner. She is definitely in the #WomenIAdmire category and for anyone thinking of relocating, this is a read that will give you the push you need.
Please do check out The Know Show. Huge appreciation to Joe Augustin and Tim Wade for partnering with me on this, and to Grant Bosnick for stepping in as co-host this week, plus the lovely Bavani Periasamy for being our guest. Her insights on the Malaysian election results and what it means for the country is truly valuable. Great conversation everyone.
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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.
The Environmental Impacts of Fast Fashion
How we can keep global warming below the 1.5 degrees Celsius goal tks Joanne Flinn
Are climate targets now pointless?
Thin Ice or Why scientists think the planet’s climate is changing
See moment Jacinda Ardern fired back at reporter’s question about gender
Business and technology
Social issues and humanity
“Democracy Dies in Darkness’: Super Bowl Commercial (2019)
Marianne Williamson: You are enough. Never doubt it. Follow Margie Warrell – she is doing amazing work!
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
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