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. Xiuhtezcatl Martinez: “This crisis is one of the most unifying moments of human history” – Indigenous activist and musician speaks to Landscape News on turning despair into action.

2. Where are the architects who will put the environment first? – The climate crisis is an opportunity for creative thinking, but the values of architecture need a radical overhaul, The Observer writes.

3. World’s sinking cities facing oblivion – Indonesia plans to relocate 10 million people from the city of Jakarta, one of many sinking cities around the world, The Mirror reports.

4. Forest peoples key to climate solutions – Forestry is key to mitigating global warming and protecting biodiversity. Encouraging people to plant more trees is good, but insufficient. For a system-wide change, governments must halt their top-down development policies to exploit or destroy forests. Dictatorial forest conservation policies and crackdowns must also end, to be replaced with co-management by indigenous peoples and local communities, Sanitsuda Ekachai writes in the Bangkok Post.

5. Largest marine protected area in Atlantic Ocean will soon be official – The nearly 170,000 square miles of ocean around Ascension Island, one of the world’s most pristine and biodiverse ocean ecosystems, will soon be officially protected, according to National Geographic.

6. Why tiny Belize is a world leader in protecting the ocean – Fish stocks are stable and reef health improving, in part thanks to Belize’s substantial ‘no-take’ zones. Now greater legislation is needed to secure progress, The Guardian writes.

7. Intrepid Travel: A travel company leading the way in sustainability – As corporations shift to focusing on environmental and social sustainability, Intrepid Travel is ahead of the curve, reports Newsweek.

Image Credit: Earth Guardians 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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