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Young people worried

More evidence – from 10 different countries – if it was needed – that young people are worried about climate change.

See https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-58549373

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Leading from within

“This is one of the most consequential decades in human history. That might sound like an exaggeration but it’s not.

By 2030 either we will have reduced emissions by 50% and will be well on our way to a regenerative world where we turn things around at the last minute; or we will have begun to lose control over our climatic system and it will matter less what we do after that.”

These are the words of Tom Rivett-Carnac who, alongside Christiana Figueres, helped bring about the successful Paris Agreement on climate change.

But one of the problems for people aware of the reality of our situation and wishing to do something about it, is burnout. So we need to strike a balance between being in touch with what is going on, without being overwhelmed by it; and take time to come back to ourselves to find a place of centred calm from where we will develop the resilience to do the work we need to do. So says Rivett-Carnac’s life coach, Jo Confino.

To learn more,  watch the two men in conversation in this fascinating discussion hosted by the Climate Coaching Alliance.

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Politics

Take a cold shower

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According to the authors of a recent report, humanity needs to “take a cold shower” about the true scale of the climate and ecological crisis facing us.

Experts need to “tell it like it is.”

‘Anything else is misleading at best, or negligent and potentially lethal for the human enterprise at worst.’ Then we might make the systemic changes that the urgency of the situation demands.

There are signs of progress. And if you are reading this you are probably already doing what you can personally. But do read the report so that you are under no illusions.

Then ask yourself what you can do to help persuade businesses and politicians make those necessary changes.

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The End of the World has Already Happened

Listen to this excellent three-part podcast from Timothy Morton in which he rethinks our psychological relationship with the climate crisis and our place in the biosphere.

‘This is foetal-position time,’ he says, ‘but it’s on us: dolphins don’t have fingers to turn off the oil pipes.’

Feeling guilty and powerless is not the answer: ‘How come we conned ourselves into thinking that being ecological means we can’t have any fun anymore?’

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How to frame change positively

Interesting article on the need to be positive when we talk about the future
https://medium.com/@tabitha.whiting/why-we-need-to-change-the-way-we-talk-about-climate-change-9e43e9d77228

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