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Things are tough right now so in a deviation from the norm, I thought I would share some of the things getting us through lockdown, and some things that I thought might be helpful to others.

1. Members of my favourite Facebook group – Terrible Art in Charity Shops – are recreating some of the group’s best-loved finds and it’s been cracking me up.

2. This super old post from my archives on recycled craft ideas for kids might be a handy one for entertaining bored kids for free.

3. Draw With Rob is a great online drawing tutorial for kids.

4. Free artist activity packs.

5. I’m not a yoga person, but Cosmic Kids online yoga for little ones, and online yoga for adults are both great ways to get some exercise in. As is Joe Wicks, who does great live PE classes for kids, as well as workouts for seniors – from chair-based exercises to full body workouts.

6. Fleabag the play is being streamed online for charity.

7. This is wonderful: a creative arts competition for the over 70’s unable to leave the house. The King Lear Prizes are to encourage ordinary people, who have never been published before and are not professional writers, musicians, or artists, to create new works of literature, poetry, music, and art during the time they are quarantined. The shortlisted and winning submissions will be made public on their website and in their email newsletter, and they hope to be able to present online performances by eminent actors and musicians.

8. For as long as schools are closed, all of Audible’s kids audiobooks are free.

9. This post on civilisation was beautiful.

10. A reminder that whatever the situation, you are never alone. A helpful compendium of help.

Do share anything which is helping you get through these tough times – I’d really love to hear.

Remember, it’s vitally important that we all stay home this Easter weekend, unless you’re a keyworker, in which case, a million thank-yous. The more that we stay in, and keep our distance, the sooner we can get out of lockdown.

PS: Catch up on the previous Ten Things post here, in case you missed it.

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Ten Things – 7th March 2020

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Hello there! How’s it going? I’ve had a quiet week, and I’m not going to lie, it has been good. We’ve been sorting things out in our house, fixing things up, stewing things in the slow cooker, reading books, and generally just keeping our heads down and getting through this last stretch of winter. You?

1. No, the coronavirus is not good for the planet

Wishing for a disaster to make the large-scale changes that scientists say are necessary to prevent a planetary collapse is counterproductive. Remember, we’re doing this to *save* lives. Cheering on the coronavirus because of climate change isn’t progress, it’s eco-fascism. It’s the same logic that eugenicists use to argue for population control, or racists use to preach ethnic nationalism and anti-immigration policies in an era of climate emergency. Discrimination and death are not the way to reduce emissions.

2. In other coronavirus news, this is completely ridiculous.

3. In my final coronavirus chat of the day, I found myself in agreement with this article on “why don’t we treat the climate crisis with the same urgency as coronavirus“.

While coronavirus is understandably treated as an imminent danger, the climate crisis is still presented as an abstraction whose consequences are decades away. Unlike an illness, it is harder to visualise how climate breakdown will affect us each as individuals. Perhaps when unprecedented wildfires engulfed parts of the Arctic last summer there could have been an urgent conversation about how the climate crisis was fuelling extreme weather, yet there wasn’t. 

4. How to talk to people who doubt climate change. I found this conversation with Katherine Hayhoe enlightening.

5. Climate change harms people, but policies to stabilise the climate can harm people too, with the poorest being most likely to suffer from lost jobs in dirty industries and higher energy bills. The transition to a cleaner, greener world needs to be fair to all.

6. When fast fashion brands run International Women’s Day campaigns.

7. How climate positivity could revolutionise the fashion industry

Céline Semaan, executive director of Slow Factory Foundation, believes the new term and thought-process is “next and necessary” to addressing fashion’s environmental footprint… “The way it is right now, sustainable fashion is becoming a buzzword but it doesn’t mean anything… Brands are claiming sustainability left and right. And unfortunately, it’s getting trapped at the surface in the marketing department, it’s not trickling down deep, deeper into the roots of the problem.”

8. Is your honey fraudulent? It’s an activity that is putting the entire agricultural system at risk.

9. Patagonia wants to teach you how to repair your clothes.

10. Finally, in a bit of good news, proof that activism works. The Norwegian energy company Equinor is pulling out of planned oil exploration in the Great Australian Bight after sustained pressure from environmental activists.