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#128 Weekend reads – people don’t like Jacinda Ardern?

This week we all heard the news that Jacinda Ardern has decided to resign and I have to say, I admire her so much for saying she’s had enough. As someone who doesn’t have much left in the tank myself, I certainly appreciate the sentiment.

However, something I believe may have surprised many this week, is the ugly response to this news. On the global stage, she is admired as a leader of strength and compassion, and on the whole, that is how the global media has portrayed her.

But in her own country, New Zealand, it turns out she is not loved by all. If you have any Kiwi friends you may already have been aware of this, but if you don’t, it might have shocked you. In politics, of course there will always be people opposed to a leader, however, the ugliness that has come through has been shocking for many.

Read The hatred and vitriol Jacinda Ardern endured ‘would affect anybody’  

When I saw this article yesterday, I posted this comment on social media:

Dear men and women of the world. If we are to overcome the divisions between us, as well as come together to solve the enormous challenges we face, then we MUST address the rising hatred towards women – online and off. This sort of language will make the bravest female think twice before putting herself out there, and if we do not have equal representation, as well as diverse representation, then we cannot succeed as a global community.

It also means we can never attract the kind of leadership the world needs to overcome our challenges. Why would you willingly step into that?

The people leading this ugly war are not on your side, in fact, I don’t know whose side they are on, but it’s not a side that’s good for all of us – remember, equality is good for everyone, EVERYONE.

We must not step back from this fight, and we cannot let these people silence our voices – something they ARE succeeding at. Please, step in and speak up, because if we all do, there will be too many of us to attack.

We must face this. We must address this. It’s not about Jacinda Adern, it’s about a much bigger problem and it’s getting worse.

Our future requires different leaders

We have MASSIVE challenges to overcome as a global society, and while no leader will ever be loved by all, we can never attract the quality of leadership the world needs to move forward if we let this continue unchecked.

An environment like this means the strong man type leader is what we’ll get, and honestly, that will result in a miserable future for all of us, so we have to address the hatred, especially towards women and people of colour.

Please, call it out every time you see it. Speak to anyone you know that engages in conversations this way. Say enough! It’s OK to criticise policies and decisions government leaders make, it’s not OK to criticise the way a person looks, it’s not ok to degrade someone, and it’s definitely not OK to threaten their life.

We really do need to get this under control in our societies. Hate is destroying us, and if we continue, it will lead us to a terrible future. We must address it, now. Everywhere.

Friend’s content and mine

Why cognitive development is a critical focus for education and society – thank you so much to Barbara Arrowsmith-Young for agreeing to this podcast interview. Such an important topic to understand and so many applications with the challenges we face in the mental health space.

Dystopian Billionaires Are Riding the Climate Tiger  Praveen Gupta is one of the top writers at Illuminem and he is worth following. Great read.

Interview with Andrea Edwards on Leadership & Transformation – very grateful to Marylen Ramos-Valesco for having me on her leadership and transformation show, where we discussed the future for leaders, within the context of climate escalation.

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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

Why Overpopulation is Actually a Problem

Energy saving policies could put lives at risk as global heating intensifies: study

WEF 2023: Snowless Davos Shows the World’s Elite Climate Risk to Global Economy

‘Ridiculous’: Greta Thunberg blasts decision to let UAE oil boss chair climate talks

‘Very little capital’ going into climate adaptation in emerging Asia: study

The Melodrama of Climate Change Denial ( tks Oliver Gill

Crowds flock to US suburb to witness snowy owl visiting from the Arctic

Why combatting climate change means embracing degrowth

Why your recycling doesn’t always get recycled tks David Lim

‘Extinction crisis’ of sharks and rays to have devastating effect on other species, study finds

Where Moms Hover Over Starving Children

Revealed: more than 90% of rainforest carbon offsets by biggest provider are worthless, analysis shows

Wall Street’s Biggest Banks Set for Fed Climate Impact Exercise

Record high temperatures and greenhouse gases seen in 2022

Why We Need To Wake Up The Snake

We’re in a new ‘polycrisis’ era and the World Economic Forum just warned us what to prepare for

Environment risks dominate in “polycrisis” world – WEF survey

Phuket Opinion: Taking the strain tks Steve Johnson

California battles deadly storms with millions under flood watch

The Lost Forest Gardens of Europe

The case for companies to pay climate reparations

New York to Charge Emitters $1 Billion per Year, Reinvest in Emissions Reduction

How Finland Is Teaching a Generation to Spot Misinformation

Extreme swimmer Lewis Pugh: ‘The polar regions are the ground zero of the climate crisis’

New Zealand egg shortage threatens pavlova

The degrowth propaganda squad

California braces for another storm, Biden declares disaster

Microscopic animals revived after 24,000 years in permafrost

Warming ocean waters in Western Australia are a ‘sentinel of climate change’, UWA researchers say                                           

‘If you win the popular imagination, you change the game’: why we need new stories on climate

EUROPE Greta Thunberg rips ‘completely ridiculous’ move to let UAE oil chief lead COP28

Davos 2023: Day 1 – Cooperation in a Fragmented World,World Economic Forum Podcast

Frodsham rewilding: What happens when a golf course returns to nature?

Warning of unprecedented heatwaves as El Niño set to return in 2023 tks Kevin Cottam

Not cool: push for insulation in all Australian rental homes as study shows dangerous heat levels

Go to Texas to see the anti-green future of clean energy       

Atmospheric dust may have hidden true extent of global heating

This Is the Dying Phase of Reaganism–and It’s Hideous

How ‘everywhere chemicals’ help uterine fibroids grow

The green trade row dividing the Davos elite

UN head accuses fossil fuel firms of business models ‘inconsistent with human survival’

Ecologists concerned about Asia’s coral health as yellow-band disease wipes out Thailand’s reefs

Coffee pod carbon footprint better for planet than filtered brew

UAE’s Cop28 president will keep role as head of national oil company tks Samantha Gayfer

Greenland sees hottest temps in 1,000 years. How its melting ice sheet has major impact on sea level

The ocean’s temperature was hotter than ever in 2022, scientists say

The rich and powerful flocked to Davos via private jet to discuss climate change, study finds

Greenpeace slams billionaires over private jet ‘hypocrisy’ at Davos summit

Exxon Accurately Predicted Global Warming, Years Before Casting Doubt on Climate Science

Accelerating the Energy Transition: The U.S. Inflation Reduction Act Climate Rising Podcast

Outlook? Terrifying: TV weather presenters on the hell and horror of the climate crisis

Shell to spend $450m on carbon offsetting as fears grow that credits may be worthless

Activist Greta Thunberg says Davos elite ‘fuelling destruction of the planet’

Malacca Strait: How one volcano could trigger world chaos

UN boss to Davos: You’re the problem

Mexico plans to ban solar geoengineering after rogue experiment

‘Super-tipping points’ could trigger cascade of climate action

Great White Sharks Are Being Scared From Their Habitat by Just 2 Predators

Comedian Leaves Oxford Union SPEECHLESS – tks Dion Jensen

Global politics

Jacinda Ardern: New Zealand PM quits citing burnout

Ex-Russian president suggests Japanese PM should ritually disembowel himself

Biden classified files: Republicans accuse president of hypocrisy

The Coming GOP Inquisition

Embattled U.S. Rep. George Santos was drag queen in Brazil pageants, associates say

Christine Lambrecht: German defence minister resigns after blunders

‘Frank’ talks as Ukraine pushes Germany for tanks

Italian Pier Antonio Panzeri held in EU-Qatargate bribery probe agrees to tell all

Ukraine war: Serbia uproar over Wagner mercenaries recruiting for Russia

The hatred and vitriol Jacinda Ardern endured ‘would affect anybody’

Ukraine War: Putin critic says Davos is ‘complete nonsense’

Business and technology

2023 Edelman Trust Barometer | Edelman tks Damian Corbet

The world’s biggest PR firm claims to be an expert on trust – but is it?

The lure of Singapore: Chinese flock to ‘Asia’s Switzerland’ tks Kevin Cottam

Scientists Have Reached a Key Milestone in Learning How to Reverse Aging

3 Skills Every New Leader Needs

This Chinese billionaire has lost over 90% of his fortune and analysts are worried about the future of his 200,000 staff

Even kids are worried ChatGPT will make them lazy plagiarists, says a linguist who studies tech’s effect on reading, writing and thinking

The complication of concentration in global trade

Microsoft to cut 10,000 jobs as spending slows

Democracy Is the Solution to Davos Elites’ Global Oligarchy

Tesla video promoting self-driving was staged, engineer testifies

Cyber attacks set to become ‘uninsurable’, says Zurich chief tks Kevin Cottam

Social issues

Long COVID: major findings, mechanisms and recommendations

Andrew Tate: Bodyguard says ‘Some girls thought they’d be his next wife’  

Can race be transcended? The Gray Area with Sean Illing Podcast

Got a strong sense of smell? Then you probably also have this special skill.

China’s Latest Source of Unrest: Unpaid ‘Zero Covid’ Workers

What online-search data say about China’s latest covid wave

China’s Population Falls, Heralding a Demographic Crisis

What’s behind Canada’s drastic new alcohol guidance

The richest 1% have pocketed $26 trillion (£21 trillion) in new wealth since 2020, nearly twice as much as the other 99 per cent of the world’s population, an Oxfam report reveals today.

Alec Baldwin to be charged with involuntary manslaughter over Rust shooting

King Charles to divert Crown Estate windfall to ‘public good’

Social fabric weakens amid deepening divisions tks Damian Corbet

Nepal crash: Dozens killed as plane crashes near Pokhara airport

Video appears to show Nepal plane moments before crash

Why does my sleep become worse as I age? Tks David Lim

Passion, humour, history

TheGNShow S19 E03 Ricky Gervais, Eric Bana and more

Pamela Anderson Goes Makeup-Free In First Trailer For New Documentary

Miss USA R’Bonney Gabriel wins Miss Universe Competition

Brendan Fraser Sends Tearful, Powerful Message In Critics’ Choice Awards Speech

Does quantum mechanics favor Buddhist philosophy?

Golden Globes: Several celebrities announce Covid days after awards

John Williams Documentary in the Works From Steven Spielberg’s Amblin TV, Imagine

Prankster disrupts FA Cup coverage with sex noises

World’s Oldest Known Person Dies At Age 118

Dolly Parton Says Her Rock Album Will Feature Paul McCartney, Stevie Nicks, Pink, and More Legends

Margot Robbie Addresses Backlash To Her Brad Pitt Kiss Revelation

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



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Environment education

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Uncommon Courage: an invitation

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Climate Courage

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