The Weekend Reads are back after my longest break yet. To do this work every week takes a lot of time, effort and energy, but I see it as a contribution I can make, with the hope of helping you navigate the chaos of news, as well as the crazy times we’re all living through.
If you value this, please remember to share it with your community, or leave a comment – because that activates the algorithms to show it to more people, which means more people see it. Comments are definitely much better than a lazy like! But it’s more than that, it also gives me the boost I need to keep going – so it’s valuable personally. Please, do this for people in your community working hard for all of us!
Since taking a break (which was awesome and I really switched off, well as much as I can), records have been shattered all over the globe – heat, fire, rain, drought, crop loss, and more. We are in climate acceleration now (it started early 2022), and for many, this realization is landing with a thud.
Because of this radical acceleration, many people are sinking into despair (which is a massive risk for all of us right now, the huge number of people experiencing this), but it’s impossible not to go there, as so many are really starting to understand what is really going on in our beautiful world. No question, it’s a brutal reality to face.
All I can say, as someone who has been through what you’re going through, is feel these deep feelings, sink into them, let them wash over you, but as soon as you can, come out of it, because it’s time to get into action. Action is the only path out of despair.
I have six actions we can all commit to
Learn about it! Yes, it’s overwhelming, but that’s why I publish the Weekend Reads every Saturday, and an annual blog is constantly updated with everything I’m reading/watching/listening to – check it out at andreatedwards.com, because it’s time to pay attention to the information that matters.
Clean up your own life – top to bottom, go through your home, change your diet, how you clean, the chemicals you use, what you buy, get rid of your car if you can, consciously reduce the waste leaving your home, plant a garden, compost, get a Bokashi bin, holiday locally, check your investments, is your house safe, what about your pension – is it safe AND good for earth, etc… Cleaning up your life is not an overnight job, it takes time and even better if you do it together as a family. We need to shrink our lives and the impact we have on our beautiful earth. We need to do this everywhere all at once.
Share on social media – share the changes you’re making, show people what you’re doing and talk about why. In-person, especially with families, talk about it and normalize the conversation. It needs to be front and centre now, especially adaptation plans. It really is time to get prepared.
Get involved – join a climate action group aligned to your values, or get involved in beach clean ups, or any community action that appeals to you. Whatever you enjoy, do it and find like-minded people too. It’s a wonderful way to make new and meaningful friendships, as well as contributing to humanity. Protest.
Be a community leader – bring your community together and brainstorm how to create shared value, and what you can do together to get ready for the challenges ahead. E.g: collectively invest in solar as grid independence is smart. Why not share cars, tools, and big-ticket items we never use enough to justify owning? Plant a community garden, take care of the elderly and disabled, etc… A great project you can do together is rewild your environment – look back 50 years and plant what has been lost, reintroduce species that have disappeared! If we do it everywhere, what a difference it would make.
Vote wisely – We need the right sort of leaders to take us through this era, and many of the world’s leaders are not fit-for-purpose. So, we must vote wisely and for people who speak to the real challenges versus the ridiculous divisive rhetoric happening today, or the pandering to big business! Our leaders must bring us together so we can prepare to face our future – together. We must support these leaders too. They cannot succeed if they are under constant attack/abuse. It’s time to build a new world, and the right leaders are critical. Are you a leader the world needs right now?
I am relentless in my message and will continue to be, because do you know what the sceptics and cynics think? They think we – humanity – are not capable of making the shifts we need to make to secure a future.
Maybe they are right, but I’m not giving up and I’m determined to keep getting the message out that we should try with all our might to overcome. Even if we fail while trying, it’s better than the dystopian path too many leaders in the world are pushing us down. We do not want to go there. No strong man can save us, only all of us working together will give us any chance.
We must reject this type of leadership, which is a growing risk globally, and we must speak up about it. These voices are dominating social media and mainstream media, and we cannot let that continue – we need to use our voices, it’s our responsibility to use our voices!
It is time to realise that coming together and working relentlessly to heal our world, is the only path open to us now. Essentially, if we can get the message and lead the charge, the politicians, media, institutions and businesses will follow, because if we can mobilize one billion people, they will have no choice.
And here’s the content I’ve been reading, listening to or watching. Scan the headlines, read the ones that jump out at you, read, listen to or watch them all. It’s time to pay attention to the information that matters.
Just Stop Oil !? Part 3 – 10 Pathways to Post-Growth | Frankly #40 (recommend parts one and two as well – three is the solution 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.
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