The world is on fire, in more ways than one, but if you’d been paying attention to the multiple crises’ facing the world over recent decades, you appreciate that what is happening now is exactly what was predicted.
When it comes to the social unrest, what can we do about it? Allow it to spill over into civil wars all over the world? Or step back and say, we need to take control here, and we need a different approach, with new types of leaders. What we have now isn’t working, so I’m for the latter for sure.
Most of us appreciate that we are living through a time where we need to completely transform everything – our economy, how we live and work, and to live in a way that is compatible with all life on earth, which means using significantly less energy and consumption in all its forms. We can do it, but we need to get started now.
Anyhoo it’s my 150th week of Weekend Reads and it’s time to take a break. I will keep paying attention to what’s going on around the world, of course, but will be taking it easier for a while. I don’t get as stressed by all the bad news like most others seem to do, but I am exhausted that nothing I do seems to be making a difference. I keep going regardless because it’s too important not too.
I’ve learnt to take care of my energy more, after I had my first energy crash this time last year. That took me by surprise, because I’ve been devoted to this work for a very long time, but now I feel I need to switch off every six months or so, because everything has become a lot more intense and we’re still not doing anything about it!
I do these reads to help my community navigate the crazy world we live in. I figure if the news doesn’t overwhelm me, I can help those it does, but if it’s not being read, then I’m wasting my time. So, I need to hear from you whether I should keep going? If you’re reading this today and you value my Weekend Reads, drop me a comment – either directly below, or on the social media platform where you found it.
Is it of value to you? Do you check in sometimes and scan through the headlines, going deeper on the ones that jump out to you? Do you scan it every week? Or just occasionally? Should I keep going?
Please do let me know. I would very much appreciate hearing from anyone who values this and if it gets stone cold silence, well I suppose I’ll get my answer. Will it mean I stop? Not necessarily, because we must pay attention to the information that matters and in a world rammed by bullshit and shiny things, I am attempting to shine a light on what really is important.
We’re heading off on a road trip through Thailand this year, staying closer to home. I can’t fly unnecessarily anymore, because I know it’s impact, so looking forward to exploring a new part of Thailand we haven’t visited yet and, of course, spending quality time with my three lads. If this is your summer vacation time – be happy and safe, and remember, pay attention to those heat warnings. A lot of people are dying from extreme heat right now.
Onto the reads and if I do come back in August, I found a new template, so it will be more visual. Peace my friends, peace.
Friend’s content and mine
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I met Jana Stansfield in Singapore a few years ago and so admire the work she is doing, with both Together We Can Change the World and this celebration of the Refugee Film School for SEEDS of hope. Take inspiration, because we can all make a difference in the world and action is always the pathway out of despair and hopelessness. How beautiful are these four ladies?
I published this blog this week – Can you give me advice on HOW to talk about the multiple planetary crises’? – if you have any ideas on how I can communicate this crisis differently, I would love to hear your thoughts. I’ve been wracking my brain for years trying to work out the answer to this, and I’m still failing. So, your thoughts are welcome.
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 to Enjoy the End of the World – four years ago, but timeless
A True Paradise: WHERE WE ARE HEADING
Deep Sea Mining: The Next Climate Disaster No One’s Talking About | Vasser Seydel | TEDxBoston
A True Paradise: AN EXISTENTIAL THREAT
Sustainable Fashion Communication Playbook
Steve Bull and Erik Michaels: Post Doom with Michael Dowd
Business and technology
Kate Raworth: “The Superorganism V. The Doughnut”
The Limits to Podcasting About Limits
“Sapiens” Author on Oppressive AI, WWIII & Genetic Engineering
Passion, humour, history
Just Can’t Stop
Let me know what jumped out at you? Or share with me what you’re reading? I love that!
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Four environment resources to help you navigate this challenging territory.
- Knowledge, constantly updating
- Individual action and awareness, so we do our part
- 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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