I haven’t been able to get my hands on a copy of Jeff Goodell’s The Heat Will Kill You First, but I will, because the heat is here and it’s going to get hotter, especially as El Niño grows in intensity over the next 6-9 months – right when the Global South moves into its hot season.
This new reality is causing me so much alarm, especially in the Southern Hemisphere, because we are watching what is going on up north, and there is very little discussion or action to prepare for the fact WE ARE NEXT.
After I published my little video earlier this week (see below), and after writing two blogs on preparing for wet bulb temperatures, as well as doing a podcast on it, I’m doing all I can to raise awareness, and I ask for your help to raise the alarm too. My biggest concern is always for the poorest people in the world, because honestly, when the hot seasons strikes across the equator from next February, I am expecting millions of people will die if we aren’t ready.
All around where I live in Thailand, people live in tin shacks – which is a reality across the Southern Hemisphere. There are also slums, massive refugee camps, and the majority of people in this part of the world can not afford air conditioners or solar panels, so the risks they face are HUGE. Governments have got to get on top of this and protect all people NOW.
The good news is Australia is FINALLY talking about people needing to prepare for fire and heat. Perhaps it was the early arrival of fire in August that’s been the wake-up call needed? But boy, they need to move now.
The heat is coming and it’s going to be harsh, so even if you don’t want to face up to climate change, at least face up to what you and your family need to do to get ready for its impact.
We all need to be in serious adaptation mode now, preparing our homes and communities for all the risks we face depending on where we live, but getting ready for heat has to be the number one priority for all of us right now.
And once we are ready, if we have wealth, we must then help those who are not able to afford it. We also need to push our governments and the media to speak up about what is necessary and put big budgets behind helping people get what they need, as well as making sure the infrastructure in in place before the temperatures go into wet bulb territory. I’m talking medical infrastructure, emergency services preparation, grid reliability and risks, cooling centres open 24×7, school preparedness, and on I could go. Is it happening where you are?
I was speaking to my sister in Melbourne the other day and she told me landlords have no obligation to provide air-conditioning. Heating yes, but not air-conditioning. Don’t you think it’s nuts that a law hasn’t been ratified making it mandatory at this stage in the climate change game? I was gobsmacked.
Because it is the poor who will suffer here and most poor people rent, because they cannot afford to buy homes. My sister teaches at a school in a deprived area of Melbourne, and she told me heartbreaking stories about what her students went through during the pandemic. I asked Phillipa: who is helping these families get ready for the heat? No one is. They will be left to cook.
Our world needs to massively change. I am so sicking of watching those who contributed the least to our global crisis suffer the impacts. We need a new society, with love, compassion, dignity and respect for all life on earth at the centre of our priorities.
Onto the reads.
Friend’s content and mine
As I said above, after I published this little video, I was relieved to see, at last, some Australian media speaking about the coming heat and fire crisis. Everyone in the Southern Hemisphere should be getting ready now. Have you seen the heat records in South America, in the winter? Don’t delay.
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.
Spend some time watching this, very powerful insights!
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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