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. The Canoe Journey Herbalists Project Turns Community Efforts into Healing Medicines Thurston Talk meets the Canoe Journey Herbalists project, who make free offerings of plant medicine and herbal healing available to the more than 15,000 Indigenous people who travel their ancestral waters every summer as part of the Intertribal Canoe Journey.

2. The 1975 and Greta Thunberg call for ‘civil disobedience’ against climate change – The 1975’s For this brand new version of the track, Matty Healy and George Daniel travelled to Sweden to meet with Thunberg in person, recording this brand new, emotive speech that not just shows why she’s become the world’s leading voice on climate change, but challenges listeners to rebel against the establishment, according to NME.

3. Scientists want to make it a war crime to damage the environment in a conflict – An open letter signed by 24 prominent scientists from around the world and published in the journal Nature calls for a new Geneva Convention that would hold governments responsible for the environmental damage their militaries inflict in war zones, Vox reports.

4. Tokyo unveils its recycled e-waste Olympics medals – The organising committee for the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo have unveiled the designs for the medals. The medals are made out of recovered materials from used electronics donated by Japanese households between April 2017 and March 2019, Engadget writes.

5. Top sustainable companies by statePackaging Digest has published an infographic the top sustainable companies from each state in the US.

6. Marine strandings app will build ‘health map’ of beaches in Scotland – The public is being asked to help improve the recording of marine wildlife found stranded on Scotland’s beaches. The Scottish Marine Animal Stranding Scheme (Smass) has launched a new app which can be used for uploading information on pollution found on shorelines, as well as any stranded animals such as dolphins or whales, STV reports.

7. Is Japan’s tourism industry sustainable? – Tourism is being touted as one of the ways to save and boost Japan’s drooping economy, but there are quite a few conundrums in this rush to reach 40 million visitors by 2020, Japan Today writes.

Image Credit: Canoe Journey Herbalists Facebook page

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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