I’ve enjoyed a few hours watching the coronation of King Charles III and Queen Camilla with my British husband, Steve. I know many couldn’t care less, while others are enraged by it, but my first job was as a Musician in the Australian Army, so the pomp and ceremony appeals to me, not to mention the history, even the weird stuff.
Overall, I’m ambivalent about the whole thing, to be honest, but one of the biggest stories the media will focus on following this event, is the arrest of peaceful anti-monarchy protesters, who were arrested before it even began today. Twitter went crazy with this news as soon as it happened, so expect more on that.
Events like this are always intense. From people across the Commonwealth speaking up about the abuse, plunder and violence done in the King’s name, to conversations in Commonwealth member countries who are re-energized to push for Republics. Maybe it will happen, maybe it won’t, but we need to always make room for all these conversations – even when it makes us uncomfortable.
The other issue high on many people’s minds is the cost of the Coronation, while so many people across the UK and the world, are suffering from a cost-of-living crisis. One commentator mentioned that the National Lottery in the UK, which funds a lot of the foodbanks across the country, pulled back that funding to pay for the Coronation. As expected, it isn’t going down well.
If you would like to help those struggling to eat, pay their rent or mortgage, pay their energy bills, and more, here is a link to food banks across the UK where you can find out what is needed and donate.
When I listen to a lot of the views, one thought kept coming to the surface. We are at a stage for humanity where we need to question all our institutions, but also the industries we have across the world. When you understand how rapidly the climate emergency is escalating now, it is definitely time to question the right to exist of many of these, especially if we want to stand any chance of securing a live-able future – see the climate section below.
Moving away from the Coronation, I talked about Crocs in Climate Courage yesterday. It was announced this week it will not be able to meet its NetZero targets before 2040, when previously it committed to 2030. My thoughts about Crocs are, does it even have a right to exist in a world awash with plastic waste? Do we really need plastic shoes? There are many other businesses and industries, as well as institutions, that I would put in the same basket.
One part of the story of King Charles III that I value is he is the Climate King. So, if he wants to keep my support, I would love to see him use his position – somehow – to influence world leaders to do what needs to be done to ensure we don’t face an unbearable future for humanity. Obviously, he has no real power, but let’s see if he can make an impact there. I’ll be happy to see him stay in the job if he does.
Onto the reads and just so you know, I’m having a break from the reads next week. I need a break, but I’m also attending an event that is important to me in Singapore, the Asia Professional Speakers Convention 2023. I am so looking forward to reconnecting with this sensational community and to be inspired to do even better work.
See you in a couple of weeks.
Friend’s content and mine
Susannah Jaffer on sustainable fashion, content and community – Chris Edwards and Susannah Jaffer share a really fabulous conversation on how Susannah built her business Zerrin. If you’re an entrepreneur in any field, or in fashion, I highly recommend listening and do subscribe to Chris’s podcast. Both #WomenIAdmire.
My interview with Nagraj Adve: “I have for long held that other species are already worse impacted from climate change than humans are” terrific interview by Praveen Gupta. India is a country that is central in the climate emergency. The whole world needs to focus on helping India succeed. Inspiring interview.
Climate Courage: the lure of doom, the power of hope – huge appreciation to my husband, Steve Johnson, for agreeing to interview me this week for Climate Courage. The time to act is now.
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.
Norfolk’s Forgotten Chalk Stream – watch until the end. This stupidity must end.
Inside big beef’s climate messaging machine: confuse, defend and downplay tks Rebecca Kynaston
Philosophy, Ideas, Critical Thinking, Ethics & Morality · The Creative Process: Philosophers, Writers, Educators, Creative T: Special Earth Day Stories – Environmentalists, Artists, Students & Teachers share their Love for the Planet – Part 1 Podcast
Philosophy, Ideas, Critical Thinking, Ethics & Morality · The Creative Process: Philosophers, Writers, Educators, Creative T: Earth Month Stories – Part 2 – Environmentalists, Artists, Students & Teachers Speak Out & Share How We Can Save the Planet Podcast
Climate change: How it’s endangering Australian wine tks Steve Johnson
EF-3 Tornado Hits Virginia Beach, Virginia
Business and technology
Passion, humour, history
A Trip Through New York City in 1911
Let me know what jumped out at you? Or share with me what you’re reading? I love that!
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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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