When you dig deeply into the polycrisis and all its issues, one the most important focus areas is making sure we have the leaders who are capable of understanding the complexities of the challenges we face, and they need to be leaders who serve their people, not themselves. This type of leader is an adult, not a child in an adults’ body.
I don’t want to talk about Trump, because he’s just a symptom of the crazy stuff going on in societies all over the world and honestly my friends, what we are facing as a global community is so complex, so all encompassing, that it requires the best minds, the best leaders, and all of us coming in behind them to ensure they succeed. If we don’t get that message, how can we possibly handle what is coming at us?
But there’s another massive challenge staring us in the face – the type of leaders we need will not step up, because the amount of hatred, abuse, and vitriol makes it completely impossible. Who would want to deal with that every day?
We must create the environment that attracts them to lead, and that means it’s time for all of us to rise up, speak up and drown out the small percentage of people who have taken over our digital and media landscapes, because they do not speak for all of us. The good people have stepped away from the ugliness in the world – which is perfectly understandable – but it’s time to step in again.
The rise of authoritarian leadership is happening across the world, with Spain the most recent country that thankfully had some sense. But it was a close call. Authoritarian leadership is not what we need right now, in fact, if we go down this path, it will be impossible to overcome these challenges and it will be a disaster.
Please, it is time to get involved, in anyway you can, and if you are a leader the world needs right now, claim it, step up, because we sure do need you.
Have a look at the news from this last week, look at the selection of extreme weather events happening everywhere, look at future risks too – Australia’s fire season has started, extreme heat will be a huge factor for Australia too, the coral reefs of the Southern Hemisphere are at enormous risk after massive devastation in the Northern Hemisphere, global food shortages and inflation are here and getting worse, extreme heat will hit the Global South when the hot season kicks off from February, etc, etc, etc…
We need to look ahead, understand what’s coming, prepare for it and do all we can to reduce how bad it gets. We’re not even doing the basics yet, and adaptation is one of the basics. How can so many not see it? How can our governments not be leading it? Most governments seem to be going in the wrong direction, approving new fossil fuels permits all over the planet. They really aren’t getting the message.
It’s a confusing world to live in, I must say. Onto the reads.
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.
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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