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. Thailand’s most famous beach, Maya Bay, is set to be tourist-free for at least another two years CNN reports that Maya Bay, the stunning cove made famous by “The Beach”, the 2000 film starring Leonardo DiCaprio is will likely to remain closed for two more years to allow for its natural resources to regenerate, according to Songtam Suksawang, director of Thailand’s National Parks Department (NPD).

2. Amsterdam bans all petrol and diesel cars and motorbikes from 2030 – The plan will start next year with a ban of diesel cars over 15 years of age, as the city works to improve its terrible track record for air quality, which it has gained despite the Dutch people’s love of bicycles, according to The Driven.

3. Irish parliament declares climate emergency – Ireland’s parliament has become the second after Britain’s to declare a climate emergency, a decision hailed by the Swedish teenage environmental campaigner Greta Thunberg as “great news”, according to AFP.

4. Qantas operates the world’s first ever zero-waste flight – The first-ever commercial flight to produce no landfill waste took to the skies on 8 May, marking the start of Qantas’ plan to cut 100 million single-use plastics by end-2020 and eliminate 75 per cent of the airline’s waste by end-2021, Qantas announced.

5. Tiny Home Living Practices Anyone Can Adopt In The Name Of Sustainability Refinery29 talks to Jenna Spesard, the tiny home dweller behind the Tiny House Giant Journey blog and YouTube channel who shares some eco-friendly tips for everyone.

6. Documentary Explores Path to a Sustainable Living UtopiaThe Biggest Little Farm follows a family that moved out of their small Los Angeles apartment in an attempt to create a Utopian connection with nature. Jon Chester, who directed and starred in the film, talked to Cheddar about the project that was eight years in the making.

7. Arcosanti: Arizona’s grand experiment in sustainable living approaches 50th year Cronkite News visits the Arizona desert where a community of people who chose to leave city life behind and experiment with an alternative, more sustainable lifestyle have made their home.

Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief. She writes about sustainable lifestyle and green living for publications, and offers content services to planet-friendly businesses. Find out more at Rosamedea.com 


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