The Amazon Is Burning And No One Is Talking About It (233/365)

Yes you read that right, the Amazon rainforest is literally on fire and I haven’t seen any major news outlets cover it yet. I wasn’t even aware of this until I browsed my Instagram stories and honestly that scares me. That’s not all, there are wildfires all over the world right now and again there is radio silence on all of them. Siberia, Canary Islands, Greenland, Alaska, and the Amazon rainforest, all on fire, and I’m pretty sure I’ve missed some. Thousands of people have had to flee because of this and honestly is proof that the world is literally burning.

A report by the  National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration  last week states that this July was the hottest on record, and not just in the northern hemisphere that is experiencing summer right now, this spans across the whole globe. “The average global temperature last month was 1.71 degrees Fahrenheit above the 20th century average.”

Umair Irfan wrote a brilliant article for Vox on this issue and pointed out how humans are ruining the ecosystems and are making wildfires worse through our destruction of the environment.

“In many ecosystems, wildfires are a natural and essential phenomenon. They clear out decaying brush, restore nutrients to soil, and even help plants germinate. But in recent years, humans have made the destruction from wildfires worse at every step. Suppression of natural fires has allowed dry vegetation to accumulate. Human activity is changing the climate, which is forcing some forests to heat up and dry out. People are building ever closer to areas ready to ignite. And people end up igniting the majority of wildfires, whether through downed power lines, errant sparks, or arson.”

Our atmosphere is literally burning up and the world needs to take more action against this. As much as I want to say every little helps, at this point we need the major corporations and people with power to take action, as we’re beyond the point of making small changes to help the world. The world is burning!

Please Don’t Spoil Things… (108/365)

Thanks to the digital age, we stream shows like we’ve never done before. There was once a time where we had to wait until a certain time to watch out shows, but now everythings available at the click of a finger – when you add social media to the mix, then being left out of the loop can mean that you end up having a show/movie spoiled before you even get the chance to watch it.

Now I know some people don’t mind spoilers, but for the rest of us, it’s bloody annoying. Especially when loads of new shows, or long running shows have released their episodes: believe it or not, we don’t want to know what’s going to happen before watching it.

Game of Thrones season 8 has finally come out and the threat of spoilers are everywhere, whether you choose a legal means to watch it or not, everyones talking about it, and it’s truly annoying having things spoiled before you watch it. Especially when you really like the show. We want to experience the twists and turns in the plots naturally without warning, so discussing it everywhere online, or even in person loudly is just ruining everything for someone else.

Obviously GOT is a generic example, but now I’m in the world of work I realised that I’d have to worry about hearing spoilers before I got the chance to watch each episode. The same thing happened with one person I worked with who was looking forward to the most recent Star Wars film. He sadly had the whole plot spoiled for him and lost out on the natural experience.

My sister knew someone who would happily spoil everything for people, and looked forward to ruining their experience – I told her to put this person in a bin, but by the time she told me that story she’d already cut the person out of her life. You’d think spoilers aren’t that deep, but they honestly are. Shows and movies are a form of story telling, don’t ruin the story.

TLDR: So don’t be that person who willingly spoils a show or a movie – if you’re someone who takes joy in this you’re an actual dickhead. 🙂