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Andrea T Edwards

#180 Weekend reads – what can I do? I’m only one person…

It’s hard to believe the terror attack in Russia happened a week ago, because it’s basically disappeared from our media as so much has happened since, like the Baltimore bridge collapse, not to mention Beyoncé released a new country album, which is getting a lot of interesting attention!

On the climate front, there’s plenty of news, however, within the last 24 hours, James Hansen and team released a new paper – Global Warming Acceleration: Hope vs Hopium – with the statement: “Accumulating evidence supports the interpretation in our Pipeline paper: decreasing human-made aerosols increased Earth’s energy imbalance and accelerated global warming in the past decade.”

All this bad news can make us feel useless, but here’s some inspiration for you. Meet India’s Lake Man. He saw a problem and decided to do something about it, and look at the positive impact it had on his community. Let’s all be like the Lake Man!

Because India really needs lots of Lake Men – check this out – Indians may already be experiencing temperatures close to limits of human survivability without even being aware.

Oh and did you know, some new research is showing that ice loss caused by climate change is redistributing mass on the Earth enough to alter its spin AND it’s going to impact time keeping – mind blowing huh? We’re pretty powerful us humans, aren’t we? Look what we can do! Melting polar ice is slowing Earth’s rotation and may affect time.

I’m talking about and sharing information on novel entities, focusing on the impact it has on us and all life on earth. There’re some really interesting pieces coming out, including long overdue research, and I can’t emphasize this enough – this is a critical area we MUST address and soon.

More than 4,000 plastic chemicals are hazardous, report finds

Chemicals used in plastic food packaging linked to 10% of preterm births in 2018

Household Chemicals Linked to Brain Health Risks

Global Warming and Plastic Pollution Are Inextricably Trapped in a “Vicious Circle” – this is very ironic!!

Novel entities, 9 planetary boundaries


Here’s something to make you smile and a really great use of humour for a serious message. We just don’t comprehend the pollution around us, do we?

Friends content and mine

Hats off to the amazing Stephanie Dickson and the team at Green is the New Black. The event’s sustainability report is out, and provides a comprehensive list of ideas to run events with less impact. If you know someone in the events business, pass this onto them. Super valuable – Transparency and Sustainability at The Conscious Festival – Green is the New Black.

I’ve been collecting news on extinctions and ecosystem collapses, because, you know, at some point we’re going to wake up and reverse this, right? How many mass die-offs or extinctions will we accept before we act?

And the latest in my “We need a new middle-class dream” series and this time, we’re focused on pets, yes pets are a BIG issue. Check it out.

Plenty more to read or watch, so do click through to the reads at the image below, and a reminder, this platform ( means the articles go back weeks, and potentially months as the year progresses. If you want to see the latest, it’s the first 100 or so added.

Weekend reads, the polycrisis

Please do let me know what caught your attention? Or share with me what has your attention now? There’s a lot going on, which means none of us can cover everything. Besides, it’s always great to get feedback so I know I’m delivering something of value.

Before I go, a final message. Don’t feel useless, get involved in something you’re passionate about and watch the world change around you!



All of my contact information is here.

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 gave us the time and space to reflect, Uncommon Courage gives us the nudge we need to create lasting change.

You can buy it on AmazonApple BooksBarnes & Noble, Book DepositoryBooktopia, SmashwordsKobo, Gardners, Odilo, Indie Bound, BookShop by BookTrib and Scribd.

Better yet, order it from your local bookstore, so you can #SupportLocal.

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.

Come and join the conversation in my Facebook Group One Billion People with Uncommon Courage.

Listen in to the Uncommon Courage, the podcast on Apple, Spotify and everywhere podcasts are published.

The Know Show

Check out The Know Show. It’s a fortnightly wrap up of the news and we started again for 2024.

Climate Courage

A fortnightly conversation on issues that matter to you and I, focusing on the actions we can all take. I am yet to confirm the return date for this, but it’s coming. In the meantime, I’m doing a three-part series called: We need a new middle-class dream, and one billion people with Uncommon Courage!

18 Steps to an All-Star LinkedIn Profile 

Listed by Book Authority in the 100 Best LinkedIn Books of All Time and 22 Best New LinkedIn eBooks To Read In 2021 and 2022 categories. Grab it today if you want to take your professional presence to the next level! When it comes to LinkedIn, it really is time to ask — can you really afford not to have this book in the hands of every employee?

Are you a Social CEO? The Social CEO: How Social Media Can Make You A Stronger Leader. 

Want to claim your stage? Unleash Your Voice – Powerful Public Speaking for Every Woman 


Have I done a great job for you? Can you write a reference on my LinkedIn profile or on my Google Business page? If not for me, why not write one for someone else who inspires you or has helped you? Join the #GivingEconomy.

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