Welcome to the last Weekend Reads for 2023, and a reminder of why I do this. The news is overwhelming for most people and this years’ frenzy is like nothing I’ve seen in my life, especially since I started doing this work. I can promise you; I get how hard it is to stay on top of things.
But that’s why I do this – I track the main news, with a strong focus on the planetary emergency we face, as well as the wider issues we’re dealing with aka the polycrisis – all with the hope of making it easier for you to navigate the information maelstrom.
The second reason is because it’s time to pay attention to the information that matters, and in a world overflowing with misinformation and disinformation, this is my attempt to help you overcome that challenge too. I’m also working hard to get the focus off ‘shiny things’ and moving eyeballs to the important information we need to know and understand.
So that’s why I do the Weekend Reads. I don’t track how many people read it because it’s never about numbers. It’s about being useful in a world that feels like it’s spinning out of control, and I encourage everyone to work out how you can be useful, then get going on that important work. We need all the good people in the world rising now – speaking up, acting on solutions, sharing those solutions, teaching, inspiring.
This year has been intense, so intense. I have spoken to many who are struggling with what’s going on, from geopolitics to war to climate acceleration, and people tell me they just can’t cope. It’s all too much, especially because the news is consistently bad.
While I absolutely appreciate and respect this need to withdraw, please can I ask everyone to pay attention – at least – to what matters to you. This means the risks you face personally in this newly evolving world, so you can get ready to face what is emerging. Heat has been a massive issue in 2023 and it’s going to be hotter in 2024, so we need to understand how to get ready for that. Here’s one blog I did on that, there is more: 34 actions to prepare for a heat index that hits unliveable territory.
The other issue we must face is getting our minds strong for the challenging years ahead. We need to be resilient and courageous in the face of the multiple issues coming our way. The more we understand the risks and get ready, the better it will be for all of us. If we don’t pay attention and face these challenges without preparation, things are going to be a lot harder for all of us.
I know it’s not a lovely little “enjoy the Festive Season and Happy New Year” sign off, because that’s not where we are. I wish it was, but those glory days most of us have experienced all our lives are over, so what are we going to do to prepare for what is next? That’s where we are, and honestly, I’d love to withdraw, but I can’t. I can see what’s coming and want to help you see it too, so you can get yourself, your family and your community ready.
It’s time to roll up our sleeves and regenerate our beautiful world, while preparing for a hotter future, as well as other extreme weather events, and to scale down our consumption so we can get back in balance with nature. Let’s make 2024 the year we get serious about doing this, because as we’ve seen from Cop28, our leaders are incapable of making these changes. However, whether they lead us or don’t, the physics of nature is at play here, and we must work within the confines of what natures provides or we will lose it all anyway.
A final thanks to everyone who checks in on the Weekend Reads, those who share great information which I regularly include, and to everyone who has been a guest on The Know Show, Climate Courage, and on my podcast Uncommon Courage. I appreciate all the support and let’s all keep fighting for a better world in 2024!
Onto the final Weekend Reads for 2023.
Friends content and mine
If you didn’t have an opportunity to watch it live yesterday, I recommend the last Climate Courage of the year, with Dr. David Ko, Richard Busellato and SirCollins Manyasi. There is so much knowledge and insight here, which is so valuable for all of us to understand. If we can grasp the scale of the challenges we face, we can work out how to overcome.
Beautiful work from my friend Andrew Psarianos of Picture Perfect Productions. There are so many amazing people in this world, who need their stories told! Can you tell stories about the amazing people changing our world?
Meet Irum Fawad, a true power-woman, who is relentless in driving changes in Pakistan, for women, for young people, and for broader society. She is a lady with swagger, and I love a lady with swagger.
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.
Uncommon Courage: an invitation
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