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#159 Weekend reads – we must embrace our Indigenous brothers and sisters

Every time I read a headline that an indigenous activist or environmental leader is murdered, I feel unbearable heart ache. This week it was this headline – Ecuadorian Indigenous Leader Eduardo Mendúa Assassinated at His Home – and there’s always a new one. On October 14th, Australia is having its next referendum, to give our First Nations People a voice and finally, a place in the constitution, but only if enough vote yes. That remains up in the air.

Read this: The murders of Indigenous activists mark the death of the planet | Indigenous Rights | Al Jazeera

If you haven’t had a chance, please do listen to this special episode where we discuss the Australian Referendum, featuring three amazing humans – Willie Wahlin, Cymbeline King, and Gavin Warring. We talk about what’s been going on in Australia right now, how ugly it’s been, and why voting yes is so important.

As you read the news this week, especially the environment news, it is truly becoming alarming. I can be honest and admit I had a surge of emotions this week, and even though I’m usually strong, sometimes it creeps up on me. Why?

Well apart from the Amazon, Antarctica, and so many other issues, the September heat records blew many minds (mine included), because it is off the charts, and for those of us in the Southern Hemisphere, this heat is brewing and coming our way. The worst part is we are not ready. Not at all.

Do you know who can help us turn this around? Our Indigenous brothers and sisters. Yep, they are earth’s custodians, and in case you didn’t know, Indigenous peoples use or manage more than a quarter of the Earth’s surface yet represent just five percent of the world’s population. In fact, Indigenous land overlaps with 80 percent of the planet’s biodiversity. These communities are critical.

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So, what we absolutely MUST do is wake up to the cynical politics and cynicism that is relentless and dividing us every day, and maybe, just maybe, we can get smart enough to embrace the communities we have terrorized and held down for so long, and maybe, just maybe, they’ll come to our rescue, because we sure don’t seem to know how to do it.

Australia, please, lead the way. The world needs hope, and wouldn’t it be something if it was our nation offering that to the world? Besides the fact our very future as a species is on the line, so we help ourselves too.

It is beyond time we right our wrongs, and while we’re doing it, we might even save ourselves.

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Wet bulb temperatures are coming for us here in the Global South and we must get ready! Looking at the heat predictions in the months ahead, that first chapter from Ministry for the Future is looking very likely. We MUST prepare and take care of as many as we can!

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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.

Planetary emergency

Revealed: Meetings Blitz Between Big Ag and Anti-Green Lawmakers in Europe – DeSmog

World breaches key 1.5C warming mark for record number of days – BBC News

Have some economists severely underestimated the financial hit from climate change? Recent evidence suggests yes (

Canada’s buildings have an emissions problem. Could fish skin provide an answer? | CBC News

2023 is smashing global heat records. Chinese experts are even more worried about 2024 | South China Morning Post (

Amid heightened haze alert, Greenpeace calls on Asean governments to enact transboundary pollution laws | News | Eco-Business | Asia Pacific

As rain vanishes, Guatemalans learn to use every drop of water (

Sadly, It’s Not ‘Just Another Summer.’ We Must End the Fossil Fuel Industry | Opinion (

South American monsoon heading towards ‘tipping point’ likely to cause Amazon dieback | Amazon rainforest | The Guardian (

Earth is on track for its hottest year yet, says European climate agency : NPR

Ecuadorian Indigenous Leader Eduardo Mendúa Assassinated at His Home | Democracy Now!

Warmest September on record as ‘gobsmacking’ data shocks scientists – BBC News

Why countries are choosing to build new cities in places at high risk of worsening floods | CNN

Wildfires, Flooding, Heat: How Climate Changed Upended Summer – The New York Times (

Steamy September caps record-shattering summer — and scientists warn trend shows no sign of stopping (

Pope Francis takes on climate deniers, ‘irresponsible’ Americans in new climate letter | National Catholic Reporter (

Sikkim: Race against time to save 102 missing in India floods – BBC News

The Cruel Fantasies of Well-Fed People – George Monbiot

New Zealand records hottest September on record | New Zealand | The Guardian

Frankenstein’s Monster of a Climate Emergency: Dangerous Global September Heat Spike (

“Being unprepared for droughts could prove fatal: we simply won’t have any food.” |

Australian towns battle fire and flood back-to-back – BBC News

Home – Can you change the future?

Many scientists don’t want to tell the truth about climate change. Here’s why | Cognoscenti (

Why Are We So Gloomy? – Human Progress

As Waters Rise, a Community Must Decide: Do We Stay or Go? – Yale E360

World scientists’ warning: The behavioural crisis driving ecological overshoot – PubMed (

Head of OPEC warns of a ‘dangerous’ lack of investment in oil that risks raising oil prices | CNN Business (

Opinion | The Turtle Mothers Have Come Ashore to Ask About an Unpaid Debt – The New York Times (

The U.S. Government Should Push People To Move To Climate Havens (

“Degrowth: The Quest for a Social Tipping Point” – An Interview with Erin Remblance – REGENERATION JOURNAL

Type of storm that drenched New York is up to 20% wetter due to climate crisis | Climate crisis | The Guardian

Canada left battered by ‘never before seen’ wildfire season (

Tire Dust Makes Up the Majority of Ocean Microplastics: Study (

‘An extreme record-breaking year’: Scientists see impact of climate change on Antarctic sea ice | Euronews

Autumn heat continues in Europe after record-breaking September | Climate crisis | The Guardian

Mass death of Amazonian dolphins prompts fears for vulnerable species | Dolphins | The Guardian

Redonda: Tiny Caribbean island’s transformation to wildlife haven – BBC News

New online map tracks threats to uncontacted Indigenous peoples in Brazil’s Amazon

The Capitalists Will Let You Drown – by Joshua P. Hill (

‘We are just getting started’: the plastic-eating bacteria that could change the world | Plastics | The Guardian

Pinning point five collapsed, the sea ice barrier buttressing Thwaites and Pine Island Glacier. (

Underwater cave appears as water levels drop at Canyon Lake | CNN

Global warming overshoots increase risks of climate tipping cascades in a network model | Nature Climate Change

America’s War in Afghanistan Devastated the Country’s Environment in Ways That May Never Be Cleaned Up – Inside Climate News

Are we at the brink of a ‘bug-pocalypse’? – BBC Reel

What ‘Losing’ To Climate Change Looks Like —

Global politics

Report claiming net zero will cost UK trillions retracted due to ‘factual errors’ | Climate crisis | The Guardian

Rishi Sunak faces furious backlash amid reports HS2 to Manchester has been shelved | ITV News

A Reality Check for the Left – Matt Goodwin

Palestinian gunmen infiltrate Israel from Gaza Strip after rocket attack – BBC News

Bavaria election: Toxic campaign heralds big vote for Germany’s populists – BBC News

Central Asian economies are booming thanks to Russia: Here’s why | Euronews

House Speaker, Ukraine War, Border Wall: Trump’s Influence Reaches a Post-Presidency Peak – The New York Times (

Ukraine dam: Rebuilding shattered lives after Ukraine’s dam collapse – BBC News

War in Ukraine: At least 50 people killed in Russian strike on a village in eastern Ukraine | Euronews

Ukraine war: Western allies say they are running out of ammunition – BBC News

Voice referendum 2023 poll tracker: latest results of opinion polling on support for yes and no campaign | Australia news | The Guardian

Voice referendum: Indigenous rights vote is a reckoning for Australia – BBC News

Voice: Polling shows No voters see Australia as already divided (

As vote nears, ‘horrific racism’ mars Australian Voice referendum campaign (

What kind of Australia will we wake up to if the Voice referendum is defeated on October 14? (

Is the Voice set for an astonishing turnaround? Shock poll result will make Yes campaigners smile (

Labor voters against the Voice referendum in ‘large numbers’ (

It doesn’t take a lot for things to fall apart. And mistrust and distrust are pushing us to the brink | Indigenous voice to parliament | The Guardian (

Warren Mundine’s daughter says his opposition to voice not ‘morally right’ | Indigenous voice to parliament | The Guardian (

Slovakia elections: Populist party wins vote but needs allies for coalition – BBC News

In new breakthrough, EU countries agree new rules to manage future migration crises | Euronews

Chaos in Washington Feeds Americans’ Dismal View of Politics – The New York Times (

The Daily: Chaos or Conscience? A Republican Explains His Vote to Oust McCarthy. on Apple Podcasts

Rep. Jared Moskowitz calls for Palm Beach County to tax Mar-a-Lago at the rate Trump claims it’s worth (

Capital vs. labor under Biden – Robert Reich (

Interim House Speaker ‘evicts’ two senior Democrats from Capitol – BBC News

Gov. Katie Hobbs Shuts Down Corrupt GOP Deal With Saudi Arabia For Arizona Water – MeidasTouch Network

Trump Said to Have Revealed Nuclear Submarine Secrets to Australian Businessman – The New York Times (

Speaker Kevin McCarthy: US House of Representatives votes to oust Republican leader – BBC News

Jamaal Bowman: Democrat denies setting off fire alarm to stall spending vote – BBC News

US Congress avoids government shutdown in last-minute deal – BBC News

Hardline Republicans seek to oust House Speaker Kevin McCarthy – BBC News

New Phuket Governor arrives (

New Phuket Governor outlines plans (

Business and technology

PR industry launches guidelines for Asian brands to avoid greenwashing | News | Eco-Business | Asia Pacific

What was Elon Musk’s strategy for Twitter? A fired Trump White House staffer offers a major clue (

Why your new Apple iPhone 15 is overheating – BBC News

Abercrombie & Fitch ex-CEO accused of exploiting men for sex – BBC News

Social issues

One in 10 prisons in England and Wales should be shut down, watchdog says | Prisons and probation | The Guardian

The Failure of Positive Thinking (

Dead soldier suffered relentless sexual harassment – Army report – BBC News (

Exercise-Induced Anaphylaxis Explained (

Bangkok: Two dead and 14-year-old held over Siam Paragon mall shooting – BBC News

GB News ‘Axes’ Dan Wootton After Fox Storm and Catfish Scandal: The Full Story – Byline Times

Russia police crisis: Burned out, disappointed and demoralised – BBC News

I Got Divorced in Asia and Raised My Son As a Single Working Expat Mom (


Finalists Announced in the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2023 (

Drew Barrymore’s Writers Refusing to Return Marks a New Era | Time

Asian Games: Premature celebration from South Korean skater costs team gold medal and military service exemption | CNN

Pythagorean Theorem Found On Clay Tablet 1,000 Years Older Than Pythagoras | IFLScience

Domestic horses’ mysterious origins may finally be revealed (

New kind of pit viper discovered in South (

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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