In the news this week, we saw the US debt ceiling deal agreed averting economic collapse, a devastating Indian train crash with deaths increasing, Andrew Tate’s interview on the BBC, crazy fires in three parts of Canada, the EU threatening to ban Twitter across the whole continent, the rise of drought impacts on food supplies (Georgia has lost 90% of its peaches), Erdogan has retained power in a very divided Turkey, and so much more, but the story that got my attention is, the earth’s health is failing in seven out of eight key measures.
The report by the Earth Commission, is a group of scientists that have presented disturbing evidence that our planet faces growing crises of water availability, nutrient loading, ecosystem maintenance and aerosol pollution. These pose threats to the stability of life-support systems and worsen social equality.
Prof Johan Rockström, who is one of the lead authors, is quoted as saying: “We have reached what I call a saturation point where we hit the ceiling of the biophysical capacity of the Earth system to remain in its stable state. We are approaching tipping points, we are seeing more and more permanent damage of life-support systems at the global scale.”
It’s an interesting approach, comparing it to vital signs of the human body. Rather than a measure of pulse, temperature and blood pressure though, it looks at water flow, phosphorus use and land conversion. The good news is we aren’t terminal yet.
Joyeeta Gupta, the Earth Commission co-chair and professor of environment and development in the global south at the University of Amsterdam, said: “Our doctor would say the Earth is really quite sick right now in many areas. And this is affecting the people living on Earth. We must not just address symptoms, but also the causes.”
Here’s the report in Nature: Safe and just Earth system boundaries
And here’s a great Guardian take on it: Earth’s health failing in seven out of eight key measures, say scientists
And another from Euronews: ‘Sick’ planet: Earth is past almost all of its safe limits for humans, scientists say
What can we do?
We need to transform how we live, work, travel, and play – right across the board.
We need to live in harmony and balance with earth, as we’ve been in overshoot for decades.
We need to rewild the world, making nature the priority, not us, and we need to do it rapidly.
I’ve put an action plan together on adapting to hotter temperatures, and there are many ideas in here we can all embrace. Give it a read, it’s in the section below.
I really recommend reading this article too – The Former Extinction Rebellion Campaigners Rallying A Climate Majority – let’s build that majority. It’s our best chance of success, coming together and working together.
Friend’s content and mine
Unlocking the Secrets of Dairy: Say Goodbye to Bloating and Discomfort! – great piece by Elika Tasker on dairy, a journey I’ve been on for a while, attempting to move away from it.
Eatery owners bring travels to the table to hook locals – a great story on my pals Donna and Scot Toon, who’ve set up the cafe Brighton Beach House in Christchurch, New Zealand. Check it out it out and say hi from me if you go.
Love of paper books continues in digital age for this avid reader with 3,000-plus books in her shed a childhood friend, Melissa Boyes, is sharing her love of books and getting some recognition for it – congratulations woman, Genevieve and Emma would be so proud.
I published this tome this week Climate courage: get ready for wet bulb temperatures aka when it’s ‘too hot to live’ – essentially a blueprint for how we can get ready for wet bulb temperatures because the urgency is now here. From simple to complex, I’ve attempted to think through it all, but open to feedback on anything I’ve missed, as well as translation partners. I’d love to get this in front of the most vulnerable in the Global South.
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.
How Plants Cool the Planet
Why Climate Change Is Not an Environmental Issue tks Andy G. Schmidt
Tear gas fills the air as TotalEnergies AGM rejects climate activist resolution tks Susanna Hasenoehrl
Beyond the poles: How melting ice affects everyone tks Andy G Schmidt
Plastic pollution: Treaty talks get into the nitty-gritty tks Steve Johnson
Business and technology
2023 NYU Commencement Speaker Sanna Marin, Prime Minister of Finland
America’s Dysfunction Has Two Main Causes tks Claire Kielty
“The poison in Australia’s bloodstream” tks Phillipa Edwards
Passion, humour, history
Let me know what jumped out at you? Or share with me what you’re reading? I love that!
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- 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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