First, something important. There's currently an e-petition on the Australian House of Representatives website, calling on our government to officially declare a climate emergency. When I signed there were 55,000+ signatures and rising fast. The more signatures, the more chance that this will garner serious media attention and (more importantly) force an actual discussion in parliament.
To put it in context, the largest petition ever submitted had 1.2 million signatures, and the one in second place had 790,000-ish signatures (that one was about taxes on beer - Aussie as.) It would be amazing if we could top that! The petition is open to Australian citizens and residents until 16th October. If you want to get on board, sign here and share the link.
WHAT a week. Trump impeachment proceedings! Boris Johnson misleads our Queen! Australia is the laughing stock of UN climate summit! I'm thinking of renaming this FORGET ABOUT IT FRIDAY because srsly, we need one day in the damn week where we can just block our eyes and ears and calm down.
I marched for the Global Climate Strike in Brisbane on Friday. There were so many amazing things about the day, but one significant victory I'll mention here - the tone of mainstream media coverage is shifting from ridicule to empathy. Here's a great piece from 7 News about the day.
Finally, some news from the climate crisis that made me laugh out loud.
I was so happy to discover this existed. The Comedy Wildlife Photography awards is exactly what it sounds like: quite good photos of animals peeing on each other, falling over, making hilarious faces and so on. Here are the 2019 finalists.
I love this idea for a surprise gift. Super memorable, and yay for gifting experiences over stuff!
This tiny house in Japan is so beautiful, and thanks to clever design it looks unexpectedly spacious.
Hard recommend for an instagram follow: Lord Birthday makes me laugh in a weird way and cry a little bit (click through the multiple pics on that last one - I'm pretty sure this is based on a real season in the artist's life. Yep.)
The other day I remembered the Nazca Lines exist and was wowed all over again. Anybody else LOVE unexplainable phenomena like this? I could read Wikipedia all day long.
Book recommendation: Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie looked really heavy, but it was actually really beautiful and easy to read - I'd go so far as to call it unputdownable. Heart-opening.
I also recently read The No Spend Year. It was a little OTT in some respects (I wouldn't want to go a year without buying anybody a gift) but so, so good for putting spending in perspective and showing how much it's possible to save when you just don't consume.
I've been leaning into my passion for television. It's my favourite art form and such wonderful escapism, which is important when you're facing potentially the end of the world as we know it. If you have Netflix, Anne with an E is not as awful as I first thought (if you can push past the arrogant anachronisms, there's a lot to like about it). We also just started watching The Office (American version), which we somehow missed most of the first time around. If you haven't seen the British version, run, don't walk to the library to request it - I still think it's the greatest piece of television ever made.
Have fun this weekend! Watch good television! Sign that petition! Surprise somebody with generosity! And do something nice for YOU.