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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?

This week’s links:

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 complete madness.

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.


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Hiya! Thank you for your kind words on the return on Ten Things last week. I’m really glad you were as happy as me for this series to return – it’s always a post I enjoy putting together each week.

This week’s links:

1. “Activism works so I’m telling you to act“.

2. Worrying – why is the far-right suddenly paying attention to climate change?

From France to Washington to New Zealand, angry voices on the hard-right — nationalists, populists, and others beyond conventional conservatism — are picking up old environmental tropes and adapting them to a moment charged with fears for the future. In doing so, they are giving potent new framing to a set of issues more typically associated with the left. Often, they emphasize what they see as the deep ties between a nation’s land and its people to exclude those they believe do not belong. Some twist scientific terms such as “invasive species” — foreign plants or animals that spread unchecked in a new ecosystem — to target immigrants and racial and ethnic minorities. And here’s what really frightens me: This dynamic is likely to intensify as climate change creates new stresses that could pit nations and groups against one another.”

3. The Paris Agreement came good (for now). A huge victory, and hopefully it will set a landmark for future developments.

4. This one’s from last month, but it’s a good example of why we can’t just plant trees and carry on business as usual.

5. Indigenous people may be the Amazon’s last hope.

6. An interesting article on climate change and the class divide.

A placard at a 40,000-strong protest in Sydney at the height of the bushfire crisis in December had it right: “No one is coming to save us, except us”. As long as there are profits to be made from the exploitation of the world’s workers and the environment, the capitalist ruling class will never be convinced of the need for change. If we’re going to save our precious planet, and win a just and sustainable future, we need to unite into a movement powerful enough to smash their rotten system for good.”

7. “Health isn’t a private thing” – why universal free healthcare for all is the only sustainable solution for the planet.

8. Continuing the weird weather trend in Antarctica, the remaining snow there has turned blood-red.

9. How women-led efforts in drought-hit Pakistan have provided food and income in an otherwise barren land. Their techniques could be adopted in other drought-hit areas to decrease malnourishment rates.

10. Finally, a welcome piece of good news on a stormy Saturday.

Signing off for now,