Microcosm of the Macrocosm: 7 Planet-Focused Stories from Around the World

Recently, I’ve noticed more and more stories around sustainability, sustainable living and planet-preserving solutions making the headlines in the press.

Although there’s a bias towards climate stories in the mainstream press – there’s a lot going on the micro-level where grassroots organisations, indigenous groups, earth guardians, bloggers, parents, students, designers, entrepreneurs, independent organisations and nonprofits have a lot to share.

These are the types of stories and subject matter that I may come across in my daily research that don’t make it in to the editorial of Life & Soul Magazine. That said, these are still important stories and in my endeavour to give them a little more coverage than simply retweeting, I have decided to start a new series where I pick seven stories from around the world – giving readers a brief outline on what they are about and a link to where you can find out more.

7 Stories from Around the World will be published every Monday here on Life & Soul Magazine.

1. Bringing the Buffalo back from extinction
Fort Peck Reservation, belonging to the Assiniboine and Sioux tribes, is home to 340 buffalos. It is the largest conservation herd of buffalos in North America. A sacred animal to Native American tribes, The Guardian writes about how these tribes are bring the buffalo back from extinction.

2. Proposed shipping route, E40, could do permanent damage to Belarus’s Pripyat River
The Pripyat River in Belarus could become part of an international shipping route known as the E40 waterway – linking the Black Sea with the Baltic, creating a navigable passage through eastern Europe. Conservationists fear the project would do permanent damage to a river, which today is still in a near-natural state for much of its length, Earth Island Journal reports.

3. Ocean Cleanup founder Boyan Slat buoyant about relaunch
Ocean Cleanup may not have collected tonnes of plastic as planned during its first run at the end of 2018, but founder Boyan Slat says he’s heard plenty of trash talk about the failure of the mission and is ready to relaunch soon. He talks to Forbes.

4. 11 Sustainable Fashion Brands on Grazia’s watchlist
Meghan Markle has put eco-conscious dressing in to the editorials of fashion magazines worldwide. Grazia share 11 brands redefining sustainable fashion, including some of the Duchess of Sussex’s favourites including Misha Nonoo and Veja.

5. Australia’s climate crisis
Few countries see almost every side of the climate crisis as clearly as Australia, according to The Climate Reality Project. In an article, it identifies four key ways climate change is impacting the nation and its people including wildfires, and the plight of the Great Barrier Reef.

6. Eco-friendly vehicles to watch out for in 2019
In 2019, sales of electric cars are expected to rise as manufacturers bring out larger, practical electric vehicles. Sustainable America gives a run-down of eight eco-friendly vehicles to watch out for this year.

7. Sustainable table lamps made using mushroom mycelium
London-based designer Nir Meiri has created a series of sustainable table lamps using mushroom mycelium, as an alternative to synthetic materials, Dezeen reports.

Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief @rosamedea

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