As it’s World Environment Day 2021, let’s look at a huge challenge — the media. One great publication which put its hat-in-the-ring early in the climate crisis, is The Guardian. It was one of the first to go all-in and they have done a fantastic job, which is why I subscribe to them — my way of supporting them for their bravery.

This article — The media is still mostly failing to convey the urgency of the climate crisis — is absolutely spot on! In fact, the damage the media is doing around many issues, but in particular the urgency…

In recent weeks I was part of a community scapegoated. I’m not going to tell you what or why, because the reason it happened is because I can’t speak up against it due to possible negative ramifications, which is why “we” were scapegoated in the first place.

As far as I know, no one has been harmed because of this, but that isn’t always the case.

We’ve seen the terrible assaults inflicted on Asian people around the world, scapegoated due to the pandemic, with cruel and thoughtless politicians making it worse.

More recently, we witnessed the assault on a lady…

Right now, South East Asia is on lockdown, or it will be soon. The UK variant made its arrival about six weeks ago — and boy does this variant move FAST! So we’ve been in self-imposed isolation for a month already, Malaysia has been locked down for some time before, and Singapore is about to head into tighter restrictions too.

Naturally, everyone in this part of the world is pissed. Fair enough, because by and large, it’s been taken seriously — we all stayed home, wore masks, didn’t travel, and more.

But this virus has never respected borders, and an…

When we were in lockdown this time last year, I was determined to do the biggest home clean out I’ve ever done, but it didn’t happen. I was disappointed in myself too. But here we are in lockdown number three (a serious one), and well, I’m not going to miss this opportunity again. My family loves it — not!

Anyhoo, I’ve moved countries eight times, give or take, and there are boxes that keep coming with me, because I just never seem to find the time to sort it out. No more, I am sorting it out and do you…

It is time to create a new world. A world where dignity for all life is at the center of how we design our businesses and our lives. We have learnt how to make more and more stuff, faster and cheaper than ever before, but did we ever stop and ask: are our lives better for it?

However, we must acknowledge that this model has helped raise many out of poverty, but the cost has been so very high — we are now at the point of straining the very foundations of our ability to survive on this beautiful planet…

Hope is a challenge for many these days, and there are a lot of reasons why hope is hard to come by. The relentlessness of the pandemic is certainly having its way, but so is government apathy towards the climate crisis.

In one article from a weekend reads in 2020, I shared that Donald Trump sent climate progress back by a decade. Lots of other things have slipped recently too, for example, reports state progress on equality has slipped back by a generation — yes, not a decade, a generation!! We’ve certainly got work to do.

And so last week…

I want to talk about something that’s bothering me a lot lately. This is not directed at anyone I’m having deeper, behind-the-scenes conversations with, it’s more of a general experience I want to talk about.

And it’s about casual criticism. The stuff we put out there, without much thought, especially the impact it can have on others.

I was at an event recently, and someone made a disparaging remark about something. It’s not important what they said, but it was an ugly little moment. …

Being in tune with your audience is always a critical part of effective social leadership. It’s particularly important right now in light of coronavirus-related disruption, economic turmoil, and the rapid change to all of our lives.

I’ve closely observed how people participate on social media for more than a decade, and currently I am noticing some good tendencies and, unfortunately, some bad ones.

This article aims to help contribute to the collective conversation in meaningful ways, and demonstrate how to serve your audience and solidify your social leadership for this time.

Initial reactions to the crisis I’ve observed on social…

My family is in our fourth week of isolation, and compared to the vast majority around the world, we are very lucky. We live in an amazing house, it’s hot and we have a big swimming pool for exercise, our community is incredible, plus I’m part of a family that is very gentle with each other. Not all the time, of course, but we work hard to be peaceful and happy.

Getting started right

The first thing Steve and I did was set an intention for this time. We believe this will be a permanent memory our boys will carry for the rest…

More than 11,000 scientists from all over the world came together at the end of 2019 with 25 years of data, showing us the world is heading towards catastrophic outcomes for all life on planet earth, and for humans “untold suffering.”

Here is a link to the article — World Scientists’ Warning to Humanity: A Second Notice . This should be a priority read.

However, before looking at that, every day I speak with so many people scratching their heads, asking the question: well what can I do? …

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

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