November 2019 Newsletter
Climate Change
Jane Fonda
Greta Thunberg

Thank God for Jane Fonda and Greta Thunberg, activists who are fighting to bring attention to climate change.
Hollywood royalty Jane Fonda plans to wear a red coat, march every Friday at Capitol Hill and get arrested for participating in Fire Drill Frida y. This is an event tthat brings urgent attention to important intersectional analysis around Climate Change.
Fonda chose the name for her new weekly demonstrations after 16-year old activist Greta Thunberg said that “our house is on fire” describing the climate crisis currently besetting our planet.
Thunberg, who sailed on a racing yacht from Plymouth, England to New York to attend a September 2019 invitation from the United Nations on climate talks refused to fly since she believes rightly that aviation causes an enormous carbon footprint on the environment.

In a rally organized by Youth Climate Strike Los Angeles, the climate activist had expressed that many young people "are aware that they will be very much impacted by what we are doing now and that their future will be destroyed. We know what is at stake in a way that many older people maybe don’t.”

Did we fail Generation Z? Are we handing them a planet that is dying?

Where will we be without these warriors? One thing I know, we are truly lucky to have them in the fight against the biggest existential threat to humanity. Thank you Jane and Greta!

Bill Gates said that this is one of the most important books I’ve ever read―an indispensable guide to thinking clearly about the world.”

Barack Obama says that " Factfulness  by Hans Rosling, an outstanding international public health expert, is a hopeful book about the potential for human progress when we work off facts rather than our inherent biases."

When some citizens from the US and Sweden were asked to guess how they imagine life in "low-income" countries, they guessed numbers based on data 30 to 40 years ago, Actually, the World Bank changed the dated terminology of "developing countries" from Rosling's recommendation. Questions on life expectancy, overpopulation, climate change and education are skewed too, against all facts. 

Why are these facts disregarded by many people?

In  Factfulness , Professor of International Health and global TED phenomenon Hans Rosling, together with his two long-time collaborators, Anna and Ola, offer a radical new explanation of why this happens. They reveal the "ten instincts that distort our perspective―from our tendency to divide the world into two camps (usually some version of  us  and  them ) to the way we consume media (where fear rules) to how we perceive progress (believing that most things are getting worse)."

The 10 Dramatic Instincts in a nutshell
• The Gap Instinct: We tend to divide things into 2 distinct groups and imagine a gap between them.
• The Negativity Instinct: We tend to instinctively notice the bad more than the good.
• The Straight Line Instinct: When we see a line going up steadily, we tend to assume the line will continue to go up in the foreseeable future.
• The Fear Instinct: We tend to perceive the world to be scarier than it really is.
• The Size Instinct: We tend to see things out of proportion, over-estimating (a) the importance of a single event/person that’s visible to us, and (b) the scale of an issue based on a standalone number.
• The Generalization Instinct: We tend to wrongly assume that everything or everyone in a category is similar.
• The Destiny Instinct: We tend to assume that (a) the destinies of people, cultures, countries etc. are predetermined by certain factors, and (b) such factors are fixed and unchanging, i.e. their destinies are fixed.
• The Single Perspective Instinct: We tend to focus on single causes or solutions, which are easier to grasp and make our problems seem easier to solve.
• The Blame Instinct: When something goes wrong, we instinctively blame it on someone or something.
• The Urgency Instinct: We tend to rush into a problem or opportunity for fear that there’s no time and we may be too late.

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