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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,

Wendy.x

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