Are you taking climate change seriously? Here’s 40 articles on climate change

I know many aren’t quite ready to embrace the enormity of the current environmental crisis, and for many others, it’s just too overwhelming to even start thinking about. I understand that completely. It is big. Massive. Scary!!

But I’ve experienced a big shift in my mindset recently. Firstly, it was the reason I published the blog — We have US, DX, CX, and EX. How about MX? This focused on business. I’d been thinking about that blog for a long time before I published it, although any time you put yourself out there for Mother Earth, you attract criticism. One person called me a climate lunatic when I published it. Those people, I tell you, they wear you out! But sorry, you’re not going to silence me. This earth is too important.

At the same time, another big thing happened — the release of the IPCC Report. This was BIG news, bigger than before, because the scientists who published it were unexpectedly strong in their language, and they do not have a history of that. It was an important moment for our earth, and I believe it’s what has started some serious momentum.

For me personally, it’s switched me from being a voice demanding attention on climate change but with a little bit of doubt lingering in the back of my mind, because, you know, maybe there is something in the denier’s perspective? How can I not listen to all sides?

Especially as the misinformation campaign led by those keen to keep the status quo — the energy companies, lobbyists, politicians, etc… are beyond powerful and it’s hard to shut this view out. Powerful misinformation campaigns do work. It makes us doubt — big tobacco succeeded with this strategy for decades — the spreading of misinformation. You’ll notice this is discussed in some of the articles below.

But more than that, when considering these lingering doubts, I’m not a scientist, with the deep background they have. I read about the environment voraciously, but I must trust what is put in front of me. This is why I read so much, across so many different sources, to find the common threads that link it all together.

And now I know, we’re running out of time. This big thing is happening.

For me, all lingering doubts have gone. Completely. I now believe we are in a race against time. We’re not talking the end of this century either, or a thousand years from now, we’re looking at increasing escalation in the next decade. That means it’s not just going to screw our kids’ futures, it’s going to screw us too. Screwing our kids’ future should already have been enough, but us humans are slow to rise sometimes….

As I said, I read a lot, and in recent months, I’ve read more than at any other time in my life on this topic. So, before we move ahead, please, please read all, or at least some of these articles. There is every opinion, every angle, and multiple media sources. If you don’t believe one, move onto another. I’ve read them all. Some could do better, but all of them agree on one thing. We’ve got work to do, massive massive work to do….

A selection of my reads from the last couple of months…

  1. Billionaires Are the Leading Cause of Climate Change — very interesting!!
  2. ‘It’ll change back’: Trump says climate change not a hoax, but denies lasting impact
  3. Humanity is ‘cutting down the tree of life’, warn scientists
  4. What’s really warming the world? — here’s some data to back it up
  5. U.S. Climate Report Warns of Damaged Environment and Shrinking Economy
  6. The unbelievably simple way to cut greenhouse gas emissions in half — the maths doesn’t add up, but it makes a point
  7. How to stop plastic pollution at source
  8. Be afraid — 11 scary facts, stats and lies about our planet this Halloween
  9. Where will you be when the sea rises?
  10. This is how long everyday plastic items last in the ocean
  11. The plastic backlash: what’s behind our sudden rage — and will it make a difference?
  12. Global waste generation will nearly double by 2050
  13. Small Nuclear War Could Reverse Global Warming for Years — headline is reverse of the truth in the article
  14. New report finds Cadbury has destroyed over 25,000 hectares of Orangutan habitat — don’t buy cream filled chocolates for Christmas
  15. ‘Time is Running Out,’ American Petroleum Institute Chief Said in 1965 Speech on Climate Change
  16. Drone Footage Exposes Hundreds Of Whales Trapped In Secret Underwater Jails
  17. How Extreme Weather Is Shrinking the Planet
  18. Has this Singapore-listed palm oil firm been concession laundering?
  19. Climate change: Warming gas concentrations at new record high
  20. Climate change: Concerns over report on ocean heating
  21. Just 100 companies responsible for 71% of global emissions, study says
  22. What’s Not in the Latest Terrifying IPCC Report? The “Much, Much, Much More Terrifying” New Research on Climate Tipping Points
  23. Final call to save the world from ‘climate catastrophe’
  24. Slow Arctic freeze raises risk of polar bear extinction, say scientists
  25. Everyone is Celebrating Congo’s Massive New Park Since Similar Preserve Saved Gorillas From Extinction
  26. Extinction Rebellion protests block London bridges
  27. Animals Are Riding an Escalator to Extinction
  28. The Extinction of Wilderness
  29. Only drastic action can save us from the sixth mass extinction
  30. “The Last Animals”: a journey to the frontlines of extinction
  31. Materialism: a system that eats us from the inside out
  32. Climate change: CO2 emissions rising for first time in four years
  33. French Government Starts Phase-Out of Glyphosate with Online Farmer Platform and Herbicide Tax
  34. Sperm whale found dead with 13 pounds of plastic in its stomach
  35. French Government Starts Phase-Out of Glyphosate with Online Farmer Platform and Herbicide Tax
  36. The Insect Apocalypse Is Here
  37. 19 of 20 World Leaders Just Pledged to Fight Climate Change. Trump Was the Lone Holdout.
  38. A government report outlines what a warmer world means for America
  39. Climate change: Where we are in seven charts and what you can do to help

Whoa huh? That’s big.

I saw a headline that said: Humans need nature and nature needs humans…. But that is completely wrong. Nature doesn’t need us at all. Not at all. But we very much need nature if we want to continue to thrive in this world.

Living with the trash first hand

Just one day of rubbish collection with my helpers

Another big contributor to my climate urgency has definitely been moving to Phuket. When you don’t see first-hand the impact humans are having on the world, you can be a little blasé about it. In Phuket, during the six-month off-season, I saw it every day. Trash, so much trash, washed up onto the beaches EVERY SINGLE DAY.

Plastic bottles. Glass bottles. Bottles of urine. Foam. So much foam. Cooler boxes. Plastic baskets. Syringes. Bags of drugs. Rope. Plastic bags. Flip flops. Crocs. Boat waste. Light bulbs. Fishing nets. You name it. We found it.

We made it a mission to clean up what we could and there were many days it felt completely hopeless. But I had to do something. I couldn’t walk past it, although many do. It is truly terrible what we are doing to our planet. My boys might not ever remember swimming in an ocean without trash in it. That’s horrendous. Diving? You may as well give up now. Very few places will be clean enough to dive in, if we keep going the way we’re going.

But what can we do about it?

I listed business ones in my blog We have US, DX, CX, and EX. How about MX? But here’s some ideas for all of us, and I’d love to hear yours too.

Use your voice

Here’s the biggest ocean polluters, but of course, these countries are often making goods for the West, so we can’t just blame them!! They are also often the dumping grounds for the West’s rubbish.

Right now, we need everyone on board. Use your voice but try not to be angry. We need voices of love to create change. We need to empower people to make change. I am using my voice here, sharing knowledge and other’s wisdom. How can you contribute in a meaningful way?

Vote for mother earth

So no to single-use-plastic

  • Take bags to the supermarket, and containers for things that typically go in bags or buy cloth bags for your fruit and veg
  • Don’t buy any drink in a plastic bottle (glass or tin is always better and easier to recycle) but let’s stop the plastic bottle scourge
  • Take your own water bottle out with you everywhere — especially if you’re in a country with safe drinking water. Let’s kill this bottled water market once and for all. Besides it tastes terrible
  • Find suppliers that sell products package-free (like farmers markets)
  • Take travel cutlery or use sustainable cutlery
  • Refuse straws, plastic plates, etc…
  • And what else?

If we all thought about it, we could make massive changes, but it does take effort too. We’ve got to build the habits.

Time for sustainable fashion

So let’s buy less and buy higher quality that will last longer, go sustainable if you can. Support sustainable fashion brands — there are so many leading the way. Check out my pal Jen at My Best Friend Jen — for ladies who like to cycle and look awesome. Susannah’s Zerrin — beautiful stuff. Check out Raye’sConnected Threads Asia, and here’s 9 Ethical Clothing Brands That’ll Make You a Green Fashionista.

Let’s educate ourselves on what it takes to make clothes and get involved in swaps too — there will be organized swaps near you, or why not create your own!

Let’s be conscious during the silly season

Reduce our energy consumption

Aircon in the office — check out the work of my pal Sandra at up2degrees. If one lady can get a country to change policy and get the temperature in offices of that country increased, can you do it in your home country/city too?

We all need to think of the energy being used in every situation in our lives. Can we make changes? Can we drive less? Use public transport more? Share a ride to work or school? Share a car with our neighbors or community? Cars will be going eventually — especially in cities. There’ll be no reason to have them anymore. Between autonomous vehicles, Uber, and just general taxi apps, it’s all shifting rapidly.

Where can we all reduce our demand for energy?

Where do you put your money?

Palm oil

As a start, sacrifice those Christmas chocolates. Yes, I love Rose’s strawberry and orange creams, but not this year! Screw them. Can you make a stance on your beloved chocolates this year? It’s a small start, but it does make a difference. I watch those Christmas chocolates get sold out every year and it kills me. Is that moment of pleasure worth the extinction of the orangutans? That’s what we’re doing by supporting these brands.

Is your chocolate worth this beautiful life?

Sustainability investment

Reduce meat

Shop locally

In addition, I haven’t experienced produce having an off-season for a couple of decades. All year round, all foods are available. Singapore doesn’t have a choice, and many other countries don’t either, but can you work harder to buy local?

In Thailand, we are working to buy locally grown produce and have identified the brands. We hope they are not using toxic chemicals, but that is the risk, especially when it’s all labeled in another language. Next step is to reduce plastic packaging on this produce. Step by step, changes are happening.

Another thing we see in local supermarkets in Thailand is food from all over the world, to cater to the tastes of international tourists. I wonder why tourists can’t resist their homegrown staples while in Phuket for a couple of weeks? I mean, have you tried Thai food? It’s YUM!! In Phuket today, I can get Aussie biscuits (chocolate one’s too — which means refrigerated shipping), chips, frozen food, sweets, and so much more.

When I left Australia nearly 25 years ago, it was a delight to find something Aussie on the shelves. Now it’s everywhere, and that is a change I do not celebrate. Let’s change this trajectory. Speak to your supermarkets and shops with international products. Tell them why it needs to stop. Here’s some stats on shipping.

Support the green fighters

How do we sustain middle-class growth?

A new generation of citizens with disposable cash, in massive numbers, and however well they are educated, they are shopping, flying, consuming, buying. They have the right to it, of course, but we can’t sustain it. We really can’t. We started it and we need to stop it before we all drown in it.

Here’s an FT article predicting this growth in Asia 2011.

And someone I quote often, Kishore Mahbubani: ‘In Asia alone, the middle class will grow three and a half times in this decade, from 500 million to 1.75 billion by 2020.’

He said this growth was the greatest cataclysmic shift in human history, and the world cannot cope with this growth, environmentally.

Let’s stop celebrating mindless consumerism

Can we please stop celebrating e-commerce shopping days that reach financial records of billions of dollars? This news should make us all despair, because it’s mindless consumerism on a massive scale and the vast majority ends up in landfills — the packaging instantly.

There is ‘no away’ from planet earth for rubbish, not to forget, landfill sites everywhere are full to overflowing. In developing economies, the landfill and incineration sites can’t cope. Please, don’t add to the rubbish when traveling in these countries — be a conscious traveler and leave only footsteps.

Target your local businesses

Working in business

Stop the packaging madness

Please add what you would include to this list and let’s get the conversation going.

Conclusion

But drastic measures are needed globally, nationally, state-wide and individually. Everything we are accustomed to needs to change. Will what’s happening in Poland, as we speak, really matter? Even with Sir David Attenborough a voice at the table? Will they have the guts to get change happening? Will it be possible in such a divided world?

Do his words“The collapse of civilisation and the natural world is on the horizon, Sir David Attenborough has told the UN climate change summit in Poland” — matter? Will it break through?

This isn’t easy, especially because of the short timeline we’re now facing — if only we paid attention when it would have been easier to gradually make changes huh? To move ahead, I believe we need to rip it all up (how we live, do business, travel, etc..), it must happen globally, we need to unite as a world facing a common threat, suffer the consequences that come with it — together — and start again.

The consequences will be brutal for sure. I believe we are talking economic collapse. Societal collapse if we don’t get united. That is looking more likely as the days go on too. And it’s not going to be popular. Nope. Just look at France right now. Everyone wants change until it costs us or inconveniences us. Is that all we have then? Are we headed towards destruction versus taking on board what we need to do? If we don’t have the appetite now, will we get it before it’s too late?

Because if we get to where it’s predicted to go, those 25 million refugees we can’t cope with right now are nothing. Anywhere between 150–300 million climate refugees are expected to need places to live, if not more. Just look at the drought predictions, especially in Africa! Not to mention expected global food shortages because of extended droughts.

I want my boys to see these in the wild. You?

As one of the articles above says: the land we live on is shrinking due to climate change. Something big has to give. This is happening. The tipping point is close. Or have we already crossed it? We don’t know, but we do have to try. The cost of not trying is much much higher.

So maybe I am a climate lunatic but I don’t care. I’m happy to be a climate lunatic if it means my boys have a future and your kids have a future too. All I hope is that my words here help others think and act differently. Because we all have to take part. We are all responsible. And most importantly, we all have the power to make changes ourselves, and to force the brands we buy from to make changes too. We can do this. It’s going to be painful, but we can do it.

Are you with me? What other suggestions do you have? And if you think anyone could benefit from any of this information (especially the 40 articles), feel free to pass it on. Let’s unite and get this world back on track for a future we can all enjoy.

We can do it, but boy do we have to build the will and the hope!

Cheers

Andrea

Thank you for reading my ramblings. My brain and heart are a work in progress, always. I’d love a comment if it stirred any thoughts or feelings and of course, please feel free to share it with anyone you know who might be interested or entertained. I sure do appreciate it when you do. If you want to connect, I’m on Twitter here, Google+ here, Instagram here, YouTube here, and Facebook too. I share loads of stuff, not just my own xxxxx

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