If you’re like me, you’ve probably been reading about the one-year anniversary of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. This moment a year ago left me feeling shocked and bereft. I know many felt the same way. How could we be in this situation at this time for the world? How can the drums of war still be a part of our existence, especially when the aggressor has nuclear weapons?
Of course, there is always war in the world, sadly, but what makes this different is Russia’s capabilities in war, especially its nuclear threat, which they reference regularly. Although, when you understand what has gone wrong for Putin and his cronies in the last 12 months, along with the incredible mistakes that have been made, Putin has been backed into a corner, which is never a good thing. How far is he prepared to go? No one really seems to know but underestimating him never seems like a good idea.
When understanding the original plans, this war was supposed to be over within weeks, but here we are a year later, and those feelings that ravaged me 12 months ago have never left, I am still bereft. So many senseless deaths and many more with life altering injuries. We’ve seen brutality that makes us despair for humanity, and the term ‘meat grinder’ has become a mainstay in the media – a term describing Russian troops marching to their deaths.
We have also seen the incredible resolve of the Ukrainians, who won’t give up and the commitment of Europe and the US in supporting Ukraine in this war. The bigger question is – how much longer will this support last? We know politics is a fickle game, but can we afford not to support Ukraine? I don’t think so.
The other questions rattling around are – when will it be over? What will it take? Or will it become a bigger war, pushing us all towards a bigger catastrophe? Then again, perhaps China is the country that can make peace possible? That would be a great role for them to take on and it would do a lot for their credibility in the world, right?
Whatever it takes to finish this war, we must do it, because when you read through the climate content below, we have got to understand that this is where our full focus needs to be – all of us.
Just two examples. Lake Powell is drying up and it has the potential to send toxic clouds into the environment, so the conversation is already starting about relocating the community. And in New Zealand, following the cyclone, the region most impacted may never be rebuilt, as the politicians are understanding that what comes next will be even more extreme. Good to see one country paying attention to the science and looking ahead, not back.
Both examples are in modern, developed countries, not Africa, Central America or Asia, and massive people movements within countries and across borders is going to happen more and more. Climate refugees are already on the move, and we are not ready for them. We must get ready, so this massive movement doesn’t destroy us, which it has the potential to do quickly.
What we must focus on now is, stopping it from getting worse, and the answer to that is obvious but massive – we are in overshoot, and we need to shrink our impact on earth. The sooner we do it, the less worse our future will be. The global transformation required is gargantuan, so the sooner we can get our heads around understanding what we must do, the better. Then we must act boldly and bring as many as we can on board.
Please read the climate content. Even just some of it. We can’t keep ignoring this. Every delay costs us dearly.
Friend’s content and mine
Tipping the Global Scales for Good, Steve Pipe. Please do yourself a favor and watch this talk. It’s truly brilliant and it’s such a simple idea – when good happens, do good, when bad happens, do good, and that way, we tip the scales. Check out B1G1 here.
Climate Courage: Tips to clean up our waste at home – thank you Vicky Minguillo for doing this with me. We hope it inspires changes in the home, because we have got to drastically reduce our waste AND chemicals too.
Quick waste reduction tip
If everyone gave #just10percent of their time, talent, money or voice, we’ll change the world. Can you donate? Make it a regular donation to the World Food Programme. Or donate to the UN Refugee Program, Medicine Sans Frontier, PowerOf , Kiva.org , Soi Dog Foundation. It’s a time for giving and taking care of each other.
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.
Protect Australia’s World Heritage Macquarie Island tks Ali Davis
We have reached a new low
The mysterious items washing up on beaches tks Avis Easteal
Jimmy Carter, the 39th U.S. president, enters hospice care : NPR tks Barry Graubart
Business and technology
The Impact of Algorithm Upgrades on LinkedIn Content 2023 tks Damian Corbet
The Hidden Toll of Microstress tks Heather Hansen
Louis Theroux: “The Thing That Makes Me Great At Work, Makes Me Bad At Life!”
You’re not going to believe what I’m about to tell you tks Emile Bloemen
Passion, humour, history
Olivia Newton-John – Jolene ft. Dolly Parton tks Fiona TaskIs
Let me know what jumped out at you? Or share with me what you’re reading? I love that!
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- Resources for those struggling with eco-anxiety. Please share with your community.
- Finally, more than 100 mini-videos on many topics regarding the multiple crisis’ we face. Feel free to download and use as your own. No credit necessary.
Uncommon Courage: an invitation
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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