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#151 Weekend reads – it’s been a crazy summer in the Northern Hemisphere huh?

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

  1. 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, because it’s time to pay attention to the information that matters.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.

Can you help me mobilize #OneBillion?

Here’s all the visuals I’ve been creating on Canva, covering multiple topics around the polycrisis. Feel free to download and use as your own!

Onto the reads, and lots of climate content here.

Friend’s content and mine

It’s coming soon – Singapore: State of Sustainable Fashion – bravo to Susannah Jaffer of Zerrin and everyone involved.

What if AI and Self-leadership had a baby? love this cheeky yet insightful piece Andrew Bryant.

Australian Financial Markets and Climate Change great to read a central bank perspective, from my pal Carl Schwartz.

34 actions to prepare for a heat index that hits unliveable territory my third version of preparing for wet bulb temperatures. If you live in the Southern Hemisphere, it’s time to get ready.

Donation time

If everyone gave #just10percent of their time, talent, money or voice, we’ll change the world. Can you donate? Why not make a regular donation to the World Food Programme. Or donate to the UN Refugee Program, Medicine Sans Frontier, PowerOf,, Red Cross, and so many more, including urgent fundraising and those supporting animals, like the Soi Dog Foundation. A fabulous organisation I support is B1G1 – check it out and set up an account. It’s a time for giving and taking care of each other.

Content to read

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.

Climate crisis

Just Stop Oil !? Part 3 – 10 Pathways to Post-Growth | Frankly #40 (recommend parts one and two as well – three is the solution part.)

What the fossil fuel industry doesn’t want you to know – worth a watch, Al Gore

A year on, the devastating long-term effects of Pakistan’s floods are revealed

What Boiling Oceans Will Do to Life on Land

Travel disruption set to worsen with climate change, warns government adviser

The world inches closer to feared global warming ‘tipping points’: 5 disastrous scenarios

Hope Won’t Save Us. It’s Going to Get Us All Killed.

The world is burning. Here’s how we stop it.

Climate crisis: Australia must ready for ‘devastating’ regional disruption, MPs told

This July shattered records for the hottest month globally, as heatwaves raged from Canada to Greece

Global heating likely to hit world food supply before 1.5C, says UN expert

The Climate Risk Delusion: Under-pricing climate risk contributes to climate change itself, and puts global pension wealth in peril

Scientists may be on brink of discovering fifth force of nature

Fears over Antarctic sea ice as yearly ozone layer hole forms ‘very early’

Florida’s Record-Breaking Sea Temperatures Are Forcing Coral to Move Ashore

What will happen when the next massive earthquake hits Seattle?  

The World’s Biggest Meatpacker is Prepping a U.S. IPO

Meltwater from Antarctic Glaciers Is Slowing Deep-Ocean Currents

Hawaii fires: Maui death toll climbs to 80

Wildfires on Hawaii’s Maui island kill at least 6 as blazes force people to flee

Maui fires: At least 36 killed in Hawaii as flames destroy whole neighbourhoods

Maui resident: ‘We still have dead bodies floating in the water’

Why did the Maui fire spread so fast? Drought, nonnative species and climate change among possible reasons

Hawaii wildfires burn historic town of Lahaina to the ground

Mike Pence’s Plan to Drill, Baby, Drill

EU passes nature restoration law in knife-edge vote

Canada’s inflation rate is falling, so why are grocery prices still so expensive?

How innovation can tackle the food crisis: A biotech leader explains World Economic Forum Podcast

Tax on airline tickets to rise in France to fund train investments

Turns out there’s another problem with AI – its environmental toll

Buying time for the Barrier Reef – shading coral and controlling starfish show promise at large scale

Responding to Rebecca Solnit’s article in The Guardian on Doomers

Earth Approaches “The Great Dying”

Let’s tell the moodsplainers they’re wrong and then get back to work

Will July’s Record Heat Spur Ambitious Climate Action?

Look at the crisis in the Amazon and understand the stakes: we’re battling for life itself

Most children in South Asia are exposed to extreme high temperatures, UNICEF says

‘Virtually certain’ extreme Antarctic events will get worse without drastic action, scientists warn

Extreme Rain From Atmospheric Rivers and Ice-Heating Micro-Cracks Are Ominous New Threats to the Greenland Ice Sheet

Climate change: Antarctica could become planet’s ‘radiator’ due to ‘extreme’ weather, fear scientists carrying out government review

A Desperate Push to Save Florida’s Coral: Get It Out of the Sea

Fighting Canada’s Unending Fires The Daily Podcast

‘We’re changing the clouds.’ An unintended test of geoengineering is fuelling record ocean warmth

July’s “startling” heat puts climate change in focus

Australia is killing climate protest. Where’s the solidarity?

‘Double agents’: fossil-fuel lobbyists work for US groups trying to fight climate crisis

UK axes additional inspections on meat imports from Brazil

Typhoon Doksuri: Alarming pictures show floods in China, Philippines

Flooding chaos warning in Whitby, Scarborough, Saltburn and Robin Hoods Bay as attractions underwater, cars abandoned and streets submerged

Mid-winter temperatures above 35 degrees Celsius in South America leave climatologists in disbelief

‘Despair is a luxury we can’t afford’: David Suzuki on fighting for action on the climate crisis

Almost 40C temperatures in South American winter heatwave shocks scientists

‘The extreme events scare me the most’: climatologist warns of Italy’s vulnerability to climate crisis

Vegan diets cause far less climate pollution, study shows. Here’s what to know in Tennessee.

The Long, Slow Death of Global Development

‘Forever chemicals’ found in period underwear, tampon wrappers

How ‘everywhere chemicals’ help uterine fibroids grow

Are we really ready for alternative protein revolution?

Jeffrey Sachs Interview – Regional Challenge. Geopolitics

Fifty-seven swimmers fall sick and get diarrhoea at world triathlon championship in Sunderland

Addicted to diet soda? Here’s the history of its low-calorie secret weapon

Sorry lawn lovers, it’s time to turf out grass tks Willie Wahlin

Extreme weather conditions continue across Europe

Bureau of Meteorology super computer delays ‘very concerning’ ahead of summer

Search on for oil slick culprits as beach clean-up continues

A new investigation exposes the stomach-churning practice that goes into making your bacon

All scouts leaving South Korea camp as storm looms

Mother of UK scout tells of ‘unbearable’ conditions at South Korea jamboree

World Scout Jamboree becomes Korea’s worst nightmare

New oil and gas licences threaten protected ocean habitats

Are humans a cancer on the planet? A physician argues that civilization is truly carcinogenic

The Man Who Literally Wrote the Book on Extreme Heat

‘Glacial outburst flood’ sweeps away homes in Alaska capital

The climate wrecking ball striking food supply

Florida schools ‘hijacked by the left’ turn to anti-climate cartoons

Super volcano study finds CO2 emissions key to avoiding climate disasters

Train derails and roads flood as Sweden, Norway hit by torrential rain

Slovenia floods ‘worst-ever natural disaster’

Wildfires: Hundreds evacuated in Italy’s Sardinia as fires rage in Portugal and Cyprus

‘Politicians will be judged on delivery of net zero strategy,’ UN climate chief tells world leaders

The U.S. Chamber still blocks climate progress

Firefighters battle blaze raging for fourth day in southern Portugal

The Ocean’s Dire Message

Climate Is Now a Culture War Issue

Confronting climate risks + sparking climate action

Looming insurance crisis could make the GFC ‘look like a picnic’

Extreme heat is the deadliest natural disaster. FEMA can’t treat it like one

Deadly floods hit China’s major grain-producing region, fuelling food security concerns

Value Change for Survival – thanks Inger-Mette Stenseth

Oil slick places 4,000 rai of corals at risk

How climate change might trigger more earthquakes and volcanic eruptions

Climate-heating methane released from dozens of Australian fossil fuel sites, environmental group claims

Climate change is a threat to the planet: We must address it

Scientists look beyond climate change and El Nino for other factors that heat up Earth

What the fossil fuel industry doesn’t want you to know

Iran could burn up in 30 years, and not from a nuclear meltdown

Malaysia scraps Tioman island airport plan amid environmental concerns

France plans 70% ‘supertax’ on fuel for private jets

The Australian government admits its funding is supporting the gas industry. That’s politically risky

Ecological transitions and energy transitions

Geoengineering Is Going to Happen

‘Australia is sleepwalking’: a bushfire scientist explains what the Hawaii tragedy means for our flammable continent

Tory Theresa Villiers had £70,000 of secret shares in oil giant while Environment Secretary

Biden says he has ‘practically’ declared a climate emergency. But he actually hasn’t.

Are we failing to see the wood for the trees on climate risks?

‘Huge’ coral bleaching unfolding across the Americas prompts fears of global tragedy

Fruit is disappearing from Italian orchards due to extreme weather, farmers warn

Ten climate “solutions” that don’t help

Jhony López, protector of the jaguar

Using ‘recycled plastic’ in construction materials may not be a great idea after all

Study suggests rise in global photosynthesis rate due to increase in carbon dioxide has slowed

On the Highway to Climate Hell

Dr Thon calls for greater environmental protection tks Steve Johnson

When it comes to the climate crisis, no man is an island

Extreme weather in Europe: Norway considers more evacuations, Portugal forest fires, Spain heatwave

Hell in the Niger Delta

Global politics

Ukraine war: Russia hits blood transfusion centre, says Zelensky

Election leaves Spain in political disarray with no party having an easy path to form a government

Deadline for coup leaders in Niger to restore civilian government expires on Sunday

Voters in Ohio reject GOP-backed proposal that would have made it tougher to protect abortion rights

Ecuadorian presidential candidate Fernando Villavicencio assassinated

US inflation is still on the right track FT News Briefing Podcast

Donald Trump social media post flagged by prosecutors in court filing

Business and technology

Trucking Firm That Got $700 Million U.S. Bailout Declares Bankruptcy

Google Takes a Page Out of Twitter’s Book: Invites Employees to Sleep ‘On Campus’ for a Fee

Peak social media: Building better platforms FT News Briefing Podcast

Russia launches first space mission to Moon in 47 years

CMO Of Netflix, Uber & Apple! Work Life Balance Is BAD Advice! “I Lost My Baby & My Husband!” – Bozoma Saint John The Diary Of A CEO with Steven Bartlett

Social issues

Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson Surprises UFC Fighter Themba Gorimbo With New House

Hillary Rodham Clinton: The Weaponization of Loneliness

Here’s What You Need To Know About The Backlash Against Jonah Hill’s Ex

Why the Tradition of Giving Engagement Rings Needs to End

You May Think You’re Immune to Cult Thinking, but We’re All Susceptible

Pakistan passenger train derails killing 30

Bad behaviour at concerts is becoming normalised, experts say

Jamie Foxx apologises and deletes Instagram post

No, the Rich Don’t Deserve Their Wealth

Back WHO sounds alarm as Covid-19 new variant ‘Eris’ cases rise sharply in UK

Dan Wootton SUSPENDED By MailOnline

MailOnline suspends Dan Wootton while allegations investigated

The Irish Light: Woman abused by paper which falsely said vaccine killed her son

Central Florida detective warned 5 people they were targets of child sex sting

KILLER BUG Urgent warning to holidaymakers heading to Europe as woman dies of eye-bleeding disease – the 13 signs you must know

Eleven dead after fire rips through France holiday home

‘If I left, I’d have to go without a word’: how I escaped China’s mass arrests

Forty-one migrants die in shipwreck off Lampedusa

Why So Many Americans Have Stopped Going to Church

Samuel L. Jackson Brutally Pinpoints The Kind Of ‘Dudes’ Who Harass Brie Larson

Mason Greenwood: Man Utd to consult with women’s team before announcement on forward’s future

The looming end of cash will fuel conspiracy theories and hoarding

Aussies arrive to provide hotel staff lifeguard training

Kai Cenat NYC riot update, over 60 people arrested

Passion, humour, history

Barbie film hits $1bn mark at global box office

What We Know About the Last Three Hours of Muhammad Hassan’s Life on K2

Lil Tay: Mystery surrounds ‘death’ of teen rapper as father refuses to comment

LIL TAY I’m Not Dead

So what did you read? What jumped out at you? Or share with me what you’re reading? I love that!



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Environment education

Four environment resources to help you navigate this challenging territory.

  1. Knowledge, constantly updating
  2. Individual action and awareness, so we do our part
  3. Resources for those struggling with eco-anxiety. Please share with your community.
  4. 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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You can read the reviews, including a new five-star review on Book Commentary, another five-star review on ReaderViews, a review on BookTrib, and three more on Booklife, another on Book Commentary and Blue Ink Reviews. I’m also collating reviews on my Website too. Have a look and grateful to everyone who has written or recorded one.

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Climate Courage

A fortnightly conversation on issues that matter to you and I, focusing on the actions we can all take.

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