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Andrea T Edwards

#125 Weekend reads – why we must support the Iranian protests

An article was published this week titled: Iranian forces shooting at faces and genitals of female protesters, medics say. When I read it, I felt deep disgust at the perpetrators of this terrible violence, ruining women in the most awful way possible. Barbaric!

The women are either dying, permanently maimed, or they will be unable to get pregnant, have sex, or even be considered desirable for marriage based on the severity of the injuries. You read stories like this and wonder what is going on in the heads of the leadership of Iran, as well as the men willingly carrying out these punishments. It’s such a sickness in any society.

Hatred of women serves no country, and we are seeing too much of it spreading around the world. We MUST stop it in its tracks. Everyone wins with equality, and everyone wins when all are respected and treated with dignity. Can’t we finally get our heads around this essential truth?

In Iran, indications show the regime is starting to see they cannot win (but who knows if they will ever give up their power?) and are apparently looking to secure asylum in Venezuela – where Putin and Trump are also apparently looking to relocate, which is kind of interesting.

Since protests started, nearly 500 people have been killed, 18,000 imprisoned and executions have started to be carried out. How many have been injured permanently is anyone’s guess.

What can we do to help? Support the protests on social media and keep the importance of the protests in the minds of our communities around the world. We can’t let this disappear into the background, like we often do.

Donate to charities supporting Iran, especially medical charities, as the wounds being inflicted are barbaric. Also let’s rise and say this treatment of women anywhere is not acceptable in our world.

I know it often looks like we are far away from these events, which leaves us feeling useless, however, the women and men of Iran who are leading this fight will be buoyed by all of the support we can give them. Let’s do it. Let’s support this very worthy moment in Iran’s history and help them kick out this evil, corrupt, and malignant government.

What do you reckon? You in?

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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

George Monboit in De Balie – Extinction Rebellion Nederland

Heatwaves in India could soon break human survivability limit, says World Bank analysis

Oil companies ‘could doom global efforts’ around climate change, House committee finds

Big Oil Betting Billions on Fossil Fuel in Event of Global ‘Climate Catastrophe’

COP15 target to reverse biodiversity loss by 2030 is ‘unrealistic’

Nature Benchmark Measuring the world’s most influential companies on their efforts to protect our environment and its biodiversity

Global study weighs up environmental risks and economic benefits of major transport projects

For biodiversity to thrive, conservation efforts must be ‘Nature and People Positive’, expert study finds

Businesses want COP15 nature summit to deliver clarity

COP15: Why does the UN biodiversity conference matter?

‘Without nature, we have nothing’: UN chief sounds alarm at key UN biodiversity event

U.N.: 5 billion people will face water insecurity by 2050 tks Susanna Hasenoehrl

Lionel Messi slammed after his private jet made 52 trips in three months, releasing 150 years’ worth of CO2

Today’s Contemplation: Collapse Cometh LXXXIII

‘This case has made legal history’: young Australians just won a human rights case against an enormous coal mine

December serves up baked Alaska and warming most of Arctic

The Age of Intersecting Crises?

Fires to Floods: ‘Weather Whiplash’ Defined my 2022, and Maybe Your 2023

Oil and gas firms planning ‘frightening’ fossil fuels growth, report finds

IOC delays decision on 2030 Winter Games host, citing climate concerns tks Denise Chai

Addressing Climate Change Will Not “Save the Planet”

A city in nature — or a city without nature? The uncertain fate of Singapore’s last forests

The Amazon will reach tipping point if current trend of deforestation continues

It’s official: France bans short haul domestic flights in favour of train travel

The polar dinosaurs revealing ancient secrets

Climate activist who blocked traffic on Sydney Harbour Bridge jailed for at least eight months

South African worshippers swept away in Jukskei river flash flood

November 29, 2022 Black Friday’s ‘Enormous Environmental Impact’ Sparks a Green Backlash

EU must act over distortions from US climate plan – von der Leyen

Satellites detect no real climate benefit from 10 years of forest carbon offsets in California

Stop Buying So Many New Clothes Or Face a Climate Disaster, Report Finds

How the Moon Devastated a Mangrove Forest

‘A soul wound’: a First Nation built its culture around salmon. Now they have to fly it in frozen tks Kevin Cottam

Biodiversity crisis

Plastic “Tox” Episode 7: A Poison Like No Other: Microplastics Q&A with Matt Simon

Lula wants new Brazil police unit to tackle environmental crimes

EU deforestation law a new ‘gold standard’ for forest protection

Alliance of World Scientists

Saudi Arabia Unveils Plan for the World’s Largest Airport

Tesco’s new surplus marketplace – affectionately known as ‘Tesco Tinder’ – will help suppliers cut production costs and reduce waste.

How Greenland’s ice streams could have major impact on sea level rise

10 startling images of nature in crisis — and the struggle to save it

Should we outlaw SUVs?

Climate Disruption Caused by a Decline in Marine Biodiversity and Pollution

The 72 Lessons Climate Change & Eco-Anxiety Have Taught Me About Life

First UK coal mine in decades approved despite climate concerns

DNA from 2m years ago reveals lost Arctic world

Weather tracker: high pressure drags cold Arctic air towards UK

How a dangerous stew of air pollution is choking the United States

The govt has no ‘bloody idea what they’re doing’ with clean energy: Hanson tks Bruce Cook

Can Tripping Save the Planet?

Violet Coco: Climate activist’s jailing ignites row in Australia

Will the geologists of the future see that something dramatic happened on Earth starting in 1950?

Mazda completes 1,000-mile drive across UK using fossil-free fuels

New food technologies could release 80% of the world’s farmland back to nature

We are not out of the woods yet: putting nature at the center of climate action and beyond

Global politics

Iranian forces shooting at faces and genitals of female protesters, medics say

Iran protests: BBC identifies many more people killed in demonstrations after Mahsa Amini’s death

Uncertainty over Iran’s morality police after official’s ‘disbanded’ remarks

Iran’s protest movement: ‘The tipping point isn’t far away’

Haiti: Inside the capital city taken hostage by brutal gangs

Brexit: 65% of voters say EU withdrawal has gone badly, poll finds

G7 price cap on Russian oil kicks in, Russia will only sell at market price

Viktor Bout: Who is the Merchant of Death?

Putin: Nuclear risk is rising, but we are not mad

Vladimir Putin Is Preparing to Flee to Venezuela When Russia Implodes, Ex-Aide Abbas Gallyamov Says

Pope breaks down in tears over war in Ukraine

Indonesia’s new sex laws and what they could mean for tourism

Mick Lynch accused of ‘holding country to ransom’ over Christmas Eve rail strikes

Police Called to Ted Cruz’s Texas Home for Teen With Self-Inflicted Wounds

Ex-GOP Rep. David Rivera arrested in Venezuela consulting probe

Why the Far Right Is Fixated on Drag Queens

The Man Who Neutered Trump  

GOP backlash over Trump’s call for ‘termination’ of the US Constitution grows despite his attempts to walk back comment

Trump Organization found guilty of tax crimes after New York trial

Top Republicans snubbed by family of deceased Capitol police officer

Fox News Parts Ways With Lara Trump

Peru’s President Pedro Castillo replaced by Dina Boluarte after impeachment

Business and technology

Cryptoverse: Forget crypto winter, this is a bitcoin ‘bloodbath’

Yahoo Finance The pieces of the next bull market are starting to come together: Morning Brief

Meta threatens to remove US news content if new law passes

Elon Musk Has Lost Sight of What Matters

Social issues

Hate Speech’s Rise on Twitter Is Unprecedented, Researchers Find


Netflix’s official ‘Harry and Meghan’ trailer is here and it does not hold back

Father of girl, 4, fighting for life with Strep A infection is ‘praying for a miracle’

Why women are more burned out than men

‘Ebola Could Have Wiped Us All’: Slow Lockdown Haunts Uganda

ME/CFS: ‘You explain to people what it is, or you fight people about what it isn’t’

Passion, humour, history

Australia’s first complete plesiosaur fossil discovered in outback Queensland

Early medieval female burial site is ‘most significant ever discovered’ in UK

‘Goblin mode’: new Oxford word of the year speaks to the times

Kirstie Alley: Emmy-winning Cheers actress dies of cancer at 71

Laser scans reveal ancient cities hidden in the Amazon River basin

Jonah Hill Tries to Convince Eddie Murphy He’s Not Like Other White People in ‘You People’ Trailer

27 times ‘mild vandalism’ made the world a funnier (and happier) place tks Trish Thomson

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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Uncommon Courage: an invitation

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