Quote Of The Day 09/09/2019

MONDAY, 09/09/2019:

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‘The truth is rarely pure and never simple.’

– Oscar Wilde

Quote Of The Day 03/09/2019

TUESDAY, 03/09/2019:

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‘Anybody can look at you. It’s quite rare to find someone who sees the same world you see.’

– John Green

Top Talks (#6): Save the World by Changing the Rules – Greta Thunberg

Welcome to week six of ‘Top Talks’ – a segment where I do a show-and-tell of my favourite speeches, talks or lectures.

Hello there!

Welcome to week six of ‘Top Talks’ – a segment where I do a show-and-tell of my favourite speeches, talks or lectures.

I am a strong believer in continuous improvement – which to me, means finding and listening to people who have an array of different values, beliefs and ideas, and sharing them with others!

So…

WHO IS GRETA THUNBERG?

Greta Thunberg is a Swedish Climate Activist. She is credited with raising Climate Change awareness through her ‘School Strike for the Climate’ demonstrations – which began with her missing school to protest outside the Swedish parliament, before picking up traction in schools around the world.

Greta is 16 years old, and has just finished sailing from Plymouth, England – reaching Manhattan, New York on August 28th on a zero-carbon-emission sailboat to attend a global warming conference.

Source: https://www.theverge.com/2019/8/28/20837520/greta-thunberg-boat-new-york-city-climate-change

Save the World by Changing the Rules – Greta Thunberg

What I got out of this ‘Top Talk’:

This TED Talk is one of Greta’s first speeches in the larger public arena regarding Climate Change, after deciding to skip school to protest Climate Change on the steps of the Swedish parliament. Since then, Greta has spoken to a number of high-profile political leaders and assemblies, and is known for her blunt, matter-of-fact manner. She gives a great insight into how hard the next generation will have to work to battle against Climate Change ‘non-believers’, politics, poor leadership and out-dated rules in order to secure the planet’s future.

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HOW COULD WE LET THIS HAPPEN?

In her talk, Greta speaks about how she first came to learn of Climate Change at the age of 8. She says she was skeptical at first, because if this was happening, surely it would be all over the headlines, leaders would be doing something and there would be public outcry…

‘…why are we not reducing our emissions? Why are they in fact still increasing? Are we knowingly causing a mass extinction? Are we evil?’

Greta soon realized that there was a crisis looming that no-one seemed to be taking seriously. She stopped eating, stopped talking and was eventually diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome with selected mutism.

Greta was depressed. Depressed that we, as humans, could allow this to happen to our home, right in front of us. And it is an important thing to think about. We need to be accountable for our actions.

We need to start having frank conversations, changing our thinking and living in a sustainable way. It is everyone’s business. Without everyday people like Greta Thunberg taking a stand, what will our world look like in 10, 20 or 50 years’ time? And what will it mean for our children, or our children’s children?

THE RULES NEED TO CHANGE

Ice caps are melting, temperatures are rising and forest are being cleared for agriculture. Who is accountable? What is the governments’ stance? Who is becoming richer, while the planet becomes poorer in every way? Why aren’t we acting?

‘People keep doing what they do because the vast majority doesn’t have a clue about the actual consequences of our everyday life.’

In this talk, Greta questions why no one is acting. There are no emergency meetings. No headlines. No policy changes. No meaningful restrictions.

‘Even most climate scientists or green politicians keep on flying around the world, eating meat and dairy.’

Greta so rightly says in her talk that we can no longer play by the rules, because the rules themselves need to be changed.

 

And she’s right. How can we expect to tackle this Climate Crisis, when people in huge positions of power like Donald Trump are Climate Change ‘skeptics’? How can we tackle it when there aren’t any headlines, any policy changes or emergency meetings? The rules don’t work. The rules don’t serve to help the planet. They serve to help people. But what happens when there’s no planet for the people?

So we can’t save the world by playing by the rules. Because the rules have to be changed. 

Everything needs to change. And it has to start today. 

GRETA THUNBERG

How To Find Your Purpose.

How do we combat the feeling that something is missing from our lives?

 

Some people seem to have it all.

Have you ever looked at someone, and thought to yourself:

‘Wow, they really have their life together.’

Chances are, you answered yes. Me too. I have friends that just seem to get it. They knew what they wanted to do before the High School teachers even started asking.

They applied for University, got in, smashed out their degree, and now they’re doing what they always wanted – and posting about it all over Facebook and Instagram, almost as if to rub it in. They’ve got it all together.

Or so we think, from the outside looking in. But in reality, they probably don’t. In fact, most of us don’t really have a clue what we’re doing or where we’re headed. Some of the people we think have it all together are just as discontent as us – you see it all the time:

Person who has seemingly perfect life throws it all in for a life of travel‘ or;

Guy with Engineering Degree decides to open a cake shop’.

It’s like a light-bulb switched on in their brains and they suddenly saw the light. The thing is, everyone is on a journey to find their true purpose in life, and sometimes it takes some of us a little longer to figure it out.

So how do we combat the feeling that something is missing in our lives? How can we find something worth throwing it all in for? Something worth waking up in the morning? Something bigger than the mediocre-at-best life we’re sold in High School?

 

Motivations vs Inspirations & Head vs Heart.

The real reason so many people struggle with the concept of ‘purpose’ and accept their lives as they are, is that they spend all their time in the corner, thinking about themselves, what they want, what they need and where they want to go. But finding your true purpose starts with a change in perspective.

You need to stop using your head, and start using your heart. Motivation is not the same as inspiration. Most people are motivated in one way or another – usually by money. Because we need to be. We need money to live our lives – pay our bills, buy a house and car, travel, have children and pets, go out with friends… The logical, level-headed thing to be motivated by, is money.

The frustrating part is that your motivations can sometimes get in the way of our inspirations. 

Our purpose gets left on the side-lines while we chase a way to pay for life. The one day, we stop and realise there’s something missing – sometimes known as an existential crisis.

This is where the idea of using our heart rather than our head comes in. Because in this world, there’s nothing logical when it comes to love and passion and inspiration. Consider this scenario:

You are financially stable. In fact, consider yourself as part of the top 1% of the world. You have absolutely no need for money – you are infinitely rich.

What would you do with your time?

If you had everything you could possibly dream of, how would you spend your days?

When I first considered this question, dreams of living in a huge mansion, being by a poolside with a cocktail and reading a book was the first thing to come to mind.  But when I really thought about it, I realised that no-one in their right mind could do that forever – they’d get bored.

So what would I do? I thought long and hard about what made me sad and what made me happy. I thought about my experiences, and I thought about other people going through the same thing. And I realised I wanted to help them. All the kids from broken families, experiencing homelessness, witnessing addiction or had nowhere and no-one to go to.

 

So what next?

So let’s snap back to reality.

I’m not infinitely rich. I didn’t have endless amounts of time or money. But what I did suddenly have, was inspiration. 

The same inspiration that lead me to research, apply and eventually become a mentor for at-risk young people. And it has helped me see the difference between motivation and inspiration, and want and need. 

I wasn’t just someone who went to work and paid bills anymore – I was someone these kids looked forward to seeing. Someone who gave advice, listened, laughed and was present.

I had suddenly figured out what it was that I needed to do to help fill the void I was feeling in my life. In order to find my true purpose, I had to think about something other than my situation.

Because once we strip back the want for money and the responsibilities of life, we suddenly stare at what’s left of us.

Maybe we don’t all have unlimited time and money, but we all have a person hiding under all the baggage of life. We shouldn’t let that baggage limit the difference we can make in the world.

And every single one of us is different. Some of us join the RSPCA, start a wildlife sanctuary or foster cats. Others play cards with veterans at the retirement village or work on cars or coach a sports team. But one thing they all have in common is they aren’t motivated by money. They’re inspired by a cause.

And every single one of us is capable of being more than their surroundings dictate. It’s just a matter of choice.

Why The Planet Needs People Like Greta Thunberg.

Something worth talking about.

I’m sure you would have recently read or heard about the School Strike for Climate – an international movement of students making a decision not to attend their classes to instead take part in demonstrations surrounding Government inaction to prevent Climate Change.

These demonstrations began largely due to the activism of Greta Thunberg, who stood outside the Swedish Parliament with a sign reading: Skolstrejk för klimatet (‘School Strike for the Climate’) in August 2018. Since Greta’s activism attracted media attention, it is estimated that over 1.4 million students have joined her in demonstrations and protests across the world.

So who is Greta, and why should we care?

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Greta Thunberg is a 16 year old climate activist from Sweden.

But don’t let that fool you. Greta is extremely switched on and has a lot to say – and very rightly so.

When she was 8 years old, Greta realised that Climate Change was a real and worrying issue for the planet, and was concerned that there seemed to be next to no real action being taken to prevent it. She has even admitted to insisting her family become vegan and quit flying to reduce their Carbon Footprint.

Greta credits the Parkland School Activists in Florida for giving her the inspiration to begin her School Climate Strike.

Along with her activism outside Parliament, Greta has also spoken to countless groups of people across the world, including at the Houses of Parliament in London, The United Nations at their Climate Change Summit and TEDxStockholm.

Greta concluded her TEDx talk by saying:

‘We can’t change the world by playing by the rules, because the rules have to be changed.’

Greta has won countless awards since beginning her activism journey, including being nominated by three members of the Norwegian Parliament as a candidate for this years’ Nobel Peace Prize. Time Magazine named Greta one of the 25 most influential young people in 2018, and has also received the German Goldene Kamera ‘Special Climate Protection’ award.

Greta’s activism has also been widely accepted and endorsed by the United Nations, with General Secretary Anotonio Guterres admitting:

‘My generation has failed to respond properly to the dramatic challenge of climate change. This is deeply felt by young people. No wonder they are angry.’

Climate Change is very real, and has already caused irreparable damage to the planet. Some scientists go as far as to say the planet only has 12 years left before we hit the tipping point in global temperature rises.

Climate Change isn’t some far-fetched theory, but a solid, evidence-based fact. NASA has stated:

‘Scientific evidence for warming of the climate system is unequivocal.’

Regardless, there are still some Global Leaders that prove difficult, with Donald Trump insisting: ‘…the concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make US manufacturing non-competitive.’ Trump also backed up his well-publicized skepticism by pulling America out of the Paris Climate Agreement.

However, Greta Thunberg has, with the support of the scientific community, brought the issue of Climate Change into the spotlight, and young people are aware – now more than ever – of the impact of their predecessors, whether those predecessors choose to admit it or not.

Climate Change isn’t going away, and in the words of Science Magazine:

‘The enormous grassroots mobilization of the youth climate movement … shows that young people understand the situation. We approve and support their demand for rapid and forceful action … Only if humanity acts quickly can we limit global warming, halt the ongoing mass extinction of animal and plant species, and preserve the natural basis for the food supply and well-being of present and future generations.’

We need people like Greta Thunberg, now more than ever. The planet only has so much time left to act, and in her words:

‘I want you to act as if the house is on fire.’

The next major climate strike to take place globally is scheduled for the 24th of May 2019.

See what the world is saying about Greta Thunberg:

Watch Greta’s TEDx Talk here.

Find out how you can help the environment without breaking a sweat:

http://theartofoverthinking.com/2019/04/10/5-easy-ways-to-help-the-environment/

An Open Flame.

A poem.

 

where there’s fire

it will burn

and we all grow up

to learn that the prettiest things

are often those

that hurt us the most.

 

and some of us

learn the hard way

flaying our skin on

an open flame

and others never know –

they’re just told to stay away.

 

and that’s the difference

between us

a simple, red hot burn

but it’s enough

to be all the difference

you and i are from different worlds.

 

you sat by the fire

watching the flames dance

and seeing beauty.

and there in the background,

i sat from a distance

and saw the danger instead.

 

our lives are shaped

around our burns

and some have more than others,

i wonder what it would be like

if my burns

weren’t all that mattered.

 

5 Easy Ways To Help The Environment.

Here are 5 (easy) ways to help the planet, without breaking a sweat.

 

Our Planet Needs Help!

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It’s 2019, and the debate on Climate Change is heating up. Some scientists go as far as to say we only have decades to fix the damage we’ve done to the Earth before it’s too late.

 

NASA say the evidence for rapid Climate Change is compelling, noting the following key indicators:

Global Temperature Rises

Warming Oceans

Shrinking Ice Sheets

Glacial Retreats

Decreased Snow Cover

Sea Level Rises

Declining Arctic Sea Ice

Extreme Weather Events

Ocean Acidification

 

‘Scientific evidence for warming of the climate system is unequivocal.’

– Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

 

The Earth has never been more vulnerable, and safeguarding the planet’s resources for the next generation is hugely important.

 

 

So what can we do to help our planet?

Here are 5 (easy) ways to help the planet, without breaking a sweat:

 

 

RECYCLE

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We have recycle bins for a reason, folks! Just using your recycling bin in the correct way can reduce pollution in landfill and helps the environment immeasurably.  This EPA Fact Sheet shows that landfill in composed of the following waste, which could easily be recycled.:

21% is Food – the largest component of Land Fill

14% if Paper and Cardboard

10% is Rubber, Leather and Textiles

18% is Plastic

Besides using your recycle bin, there are also other ways to help recycle your household waste (such as the items above).

COMPOST BINS:

Compost bins are a great way to recycle food, and turn it into something for your garden at home.

RECYCLING DEPOTS:

Recycling Depots are available, where you can drop your cans and bottles, are a great way to help the environment, and some places even pay money per bottle, like South Australia.

ORGANISATIONAL INITIATIVES:

Some organisations (such as Sea Shepherd) will happily drop a wheelie bin to your house so you can fill it up, and then take it away once it’s full.

Other initiatives include local shopping centres (like Woolworths) collecting your old plastic bags, or electronics shops (Vodafone is a good example) having drop off areas for your old devices.

Even Nike has a program where you can drop your old sneakers off for recycling!

 

 

GO ECO-FRIENDLY/ USE REUSABLE PRODUCTS

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Reduce your waste by going eco-friendly/ reusable – you can get all kinds of handy products these days:

  • Coffee Cups
  • Drink Bottles
  • Straws
  • Fruit & Veg Bags
  • Cloth Nappies
  • … Basically anything you can think of!

Sites like Flora & Fauna offer a great range of eco-friendly products and ideas, will send your products in the mail with minimal packaging and even have a rewards program!

 

 

EAT A PLANT-BASED DIET

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Switching to a Plant-Based Diet is the single most effective way to help the planet. Did you know:

 

‘Each day, a person who eats a plant-based/ vegan diet saves over 4,000 litres of water, 20 kilograms of grain, 30 square feet of forested land, 9 kilograms of CO² Equivalent and one animal’s life.’

– Cowspiracy Facts 

 

Even if it’s just ‘No Meat Monday’ or trying a plant-based alternative the next time you’re out to dinner – it all goes a long way.

World population is growing by 228,000 people a day. And while we are growing as a population, up to 137 plant, animal and insect species die out each day due to rain forest destruction – all for the purpose of clearing land for livestock for the western world to eat.

Agriculture makes up 80-90% of all water consumption in the US, and over 9,000 litres of water are required to produce half a kilogram of beef. These are alarming facts,which create dire issues in regards to the sustainability of the earth.

 

 

USE PUBLIC TRANSPORT/ CARPOOL

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If the population of the earth is increasing, that means that the amount of vehicles being used is also increasing. Vehicles are harmful to the environment for a variety of reasons, including producing harmful CO² emissions.

For example, if 20 people stopped driving 20 cars, and used 1 bus instead, that’s reduced the amount of emissions caused by those people by a significant amount. Besides avoiding congestion in metro areas, less people using private vehicles every day is also said to be beneficial to public and environmental health.

Whether it’s taking a bus, train, tram, carpooling or cycling, it all helps!

 

 

AVOID PRINTING/ HARD-COPIES

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Paper production is a large contributor to  deforestation, air pollution, water pollution and waste production (accounting for about 14% of landfill waste). Pulp and paper production is the fifth largest consumer of energy worldwide.

These days, getting electronic copies of your favourite books, text-books, instruction manuals and articles has never been easier. There are plenty of amazing sites that provide thousands and thousands of eBooks, such as AbeBooks, Goodreads, Open Library and eBooks.com.

Most computers, laptops, eReaders and phones these days support almost any file, so there has never been a better time to stop buying hard copies and start supporting the environment.

 

 

 

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There are plenty of simple ways to help the environment, most of which you can do from the comfort of your own home, workplace or school. The environment is everyone’s responsibility, and it’s always worth asking the question:

‘What can I do to make this world more sustainable?’

 

 

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