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. David Attenborough says it’s ‘extraordinary’ climate deniers are in power in Australia – David Attenborough has highlighted Australia as an “extraordinary” example of a country where people in power remained climate change deniers despite the country facing some of the worst effects of global heating, The Guardian writes.

2. Indigenous tribe celebrates court decision to protect Amazon rainforest – The Waorani indigenous tribe are celebrating the decision of a court in Ecuador that will prevent the sale of land in the Amazon rainforest to oil companies, SBS News reports.

3. Kate Middleton backs campaign to get more kids to connect with nature – The Duchess of Cambridge is backing a nationwide drive – Backyard Nature – to get children to connect with nature and become conservation activists. A major advocate for helping children access outdoor space to improve their development, Kate told how “nature can play a pivotal role in helping children grow up to become happy, healthy adults”, The Mirror writes.

4. Farmers in Wales could be paid to protect the environment under new post-Brexit farming proposals – Farmers in Wales would be offered money to carry out work which protects and enhances the environment, under new post-Brexit farming proposals. Ministers had proposed two grant schemes to replace EU funding, but the latest proposal rolls them into one, the BBC reports.

5. Israel’s “environmental crisis” is of its own making – Israel’s destruction of the environment in Palestinian territories is now threatening Israeli lives. The occupation, colonisation, dispossession and aggression against Palestine and the Palestinians have caused so much environmental damage that now even the Israeli occupier is suffering, AlJazeera reports.

6. 10 sustainable textile startups changing the fabric of fashionTechRound look at 10 sustainable textile startups changing wardrobes from the ground up: by developing smarter, cleaner materials to work with.

7. New Orleans locals fight overtourism as visitor numbers top Venice – In a bid to tackle overtourism in the Louisiana city, the New Orleans Sustainable Tourism Task Force, an independent collective of concerned citizens launched in 2018, has recommended establishing a holistic approach that places the community first; introducing programmes to channel greater benefits to musicians and other culture bearers; using new measures of success, not just number of arrivals; and removing the emphasis from Bourbon Street as a 24/7 party destination for tourists, while restoring the area’s cultural authenticity, The Independent reports.

Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief. She writes about lifestyle including sustainable and green living. She also offers content services to businesses and individuals at Rosamedea.com


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