The Donald Trump show is in full swing, and the media are lapping it up as it always does, giving Trump a boost in ratings and potentially helping him secure the GOP nomination for the 2024 elections. Will it happen? Who knows, and as you’ll see in the politics section, a lot is going on there.
However, there’s even more going on with our planet. The record ocean temperatures have been getting actual mainstream media attention this week, and while no one seems to know what this means and how it will impact us, it’s great to finally see this wider coverage. See the chart below for the North Atlantic Sea Surface Temperature Anomaly.
But there’s another event, not getting mainstream media attention, and that is the Antarctic Sea Ice Extent Anomaly, which you can see in the graph below. This is even more concerning, as the South is firmly into winter now.
Both images are from Prof. Eliot Jacobson, who shared them on Twitter, he is one of the climate commentators I follow.
This is all extremely concerning for sure, and while many of us feel useless right now, we must rapidly prepare for what is to come or is already here. The risks are wide and varied, including heat extremes, droughts, floods, fire, landslides, hurricanes, typhoons, crop losses and more. We need to prepare our homes, understand what risks we face and work out what we can do about it, support our fire fighters, plant gardens, and we also need to help those who can not afford to do what they need to do to get ready.
I don’t understand why we are still in this space of denial, especially with our leaders and the media, but if they are not going to do what is needed to keep their citizens prepare and be as safe as possible, then we must act ourselves.
Please understand the risks you face and start preparing. Then bring your community together and get to work. The next two years are expected to see heat extremes we have never seen before, which is why I wrote this long article on preparing for wet bulb temperatures. I encourage you to read it and implement some of these ideas as quickly as you can.
Right into the reads. Lots and lots going on as always.
Friend’s content and mine
Big shout out to my sister, Phillipa Edwards OAM, who was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia for her services to music through brass bands, in the King’s Birthday Honours List. But she also received the Janice Valma Davey OAM Memorial Award too. One the citation for the award said Phillipa demonstrated, “…a passion that speaks volumes about her dedication and love of the brass band movement and the many individuals she has introduced, taught and nurtured throughout the brass band world, specifically within Victoria.” Congratulations Mam, proud of you! Double honour for Phillipa Edwards
Shout out to my friend, Andy Milroy for joining me on Climate Courage, with the focus – propaganda, misinformation, lies.
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.
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.
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