2019 the year I started facing a torrent of depressing knowledge

It started in October 2018

When the IPCC report came out in October 2018 (there’s a problem on the IPCC site, so here’s the Facebook page as back-up), I decided it was time to dig deeper. And I’ve looked hard for information. Really hard. I’ve read all sorts of crap, read brilliant research, and I’ve read content from those who think it’s all bullshit. It’s important to ingest all sides.

Are there good things happening in the world? Too right there are

1. India and China are leading the greening of our planet

And then there’s the other side….

1. We’ve lost 60% of wildlife in less than 50 years

Useful sites to follow

Follow the World Economic Forum. Check out Prevent Year Zero. Understand Ecological economics. Check out End Plastic Waste. Also CO2.Earth where they have weekly updates on emissions — hint, it keeps going up!

There’s a lot to read

A powerful article I recommend is this: Noam Chomsky: ‘In a couple of generations, organized human society may not survive.’ One of the greatest minds of our time, he makes sense of how the media, government, business, etc… all link together and ignore what is going on.

Specifically for Greta Thunberg — the criticism this young lady is facing…

1. An example of indoctrination not education

My husband gets the brunt of my despair

I also asked my husband why he thinks so many people are missing this.

Phuket in drought? It’s close

Today I live in Phuket. Water rations were brought in a few weeks ago, because the dams are close to dry — unheard of in the tropics. We haven’t been impacted by this yet, but it hasn’t rained since Christmas and the grass in brown. This is the second time I’ve seen extensive browning in the tropics. The last was in Singapore a couple of years ago. Brown and tropics don’t go together.

Taking responsibility

I know this isn’t a happy post. I know it’s hard to read this stuff. I know. I know. I know. But I knew I had to face up to what we’re dealing with, no matter the cost to my sense of well-being. I needed to do that for my boys, and now I need to speak to them in a way that doesn’t scare the shit out of them.

Let’s get politics and separation out of the conversation

I have to believe we can still fix it, but we can’t do it if we make it us versus them. This is not labour and liberal, republicans and democrats. This is all of humanity, needing to come together, to face our future and do everything we can to fix it.

The EU is taking the lead, but it’s fragile. Check out this coverage:

EU’s Juncker proposes billions of spending on climate change after a 16-year-old’s speech and French experts propose trillion-euro EU climate finance pact.

Changes to be made

Eventually we will all be faced with making massive changes in lifestyle. Massive. Just the food we’ll be able to eat based on what can grow in a warmer earth!!?? Many changes are required.

I mean, how can I get rid of this? I’m not strong enough to pull it out

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Andrea T Edwards

Andrea T Edwards

Life can be awesome, it can also be tough, a positive attitude doesn't always work, but it's better than being miserable @UncommonAndrea @AndreaTEdwards