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

Here’s a roundup of some of the stories that have captured Life & Soul Magazine’s attention this week:

1. How Teenage Sisters Pushed Bali To Say ‘Bye-Bye’ To Plastic Bags – Last month, the new governor of Bali announced a law banning single-use plastic in 2019, thanks in part to campaigning by two young sisters – Melati and Isabel Wijsen – the masterminds behind Bye Bye Plastic Bags. NPR talks to 18-year-old Melati Wijsen about spreading the no-plastic message.

2. ‘Over-fishing a worse threat to oceans than climate change’ – Marine life is struggling to adapt to the rapidly changing ocean environment, but its resilience is being undermined by fishing on an industrial scale. Over-fishing not only threatens a valuable source of food, but the entire marine ecosystem, Ethical Corp reports.

3. Is Tourism Destroying the World? Journalist Elizabeth Becker has published a book, Overbooked: The Exploding Business of Travel and Tourism, which looks at the impact of travel and tourism on the planet. National Geographic interviewed Elizabeth Becker about some of the things she discovered while researching her book.

4. A coalition of giant brands is about to change how we shop forever, with a new zero-waste platform – Loop, which is set to launch trials in New York City and Paris, will send consumers name-brand products, like Tide detergent, Crest mouthwash, or Häagen Dazs ice cream. When you’re done, you ship the empty container back, where it gets cleaned and reused for the next customer. Fast Company investigates.

5. Doctors in the US are frightened by climate change – Health care creates a tenth of US greenhouse gas emissions. In a New England Journal of Medicine commentary, a pair of Boston doctors make the case that it’s high time medical professionals engage more directly in the fight to limit climate change, Vox reports.

6. Iceland removed own label from 17 products rather than palm oil – Iceland supermarket has told the BBC that – in a bid to meet a pledge to remove palm oil from all its own-brand products – it removed its branding from some items, rather than the ingredient.

7. David Attenborough and Prince William take world leaders to task on environment – David Attenborough warned that humankind has the power to exterminate whole ecosystems “without even noticing”, and urged world leaders to treat the natural world with respect, during an interview with Prince William in Davos, The Guardian reports.

Image source: Bye Bye Plastic Bags Facebook page

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

 

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