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. UNESCO has appointed Mexican actress Yalitza Aparicio as its goodwill ambassador for indigenous peoples – The 25-year-old actress made history as the first indigenous performer nominated for a best actress honor at the Academy Awards this year for her performance in the film “Roma” — in which she speaks in Mixteco, an indigenous language, and in Spanish. She was chosen for her commitment to fight racism and advocate for gender equality and indigenous rights, according to NBC News.

2. Greta and 15 Kids Just Claimed Their Climate Rights at the UN – Sixteen young people from around the world brought a legal complaint about climate change to the United Nations. Their petition outlines how their human rights are being violated by the failure of nations to seriously address the climate crisis. Earthjustice and global law firm Hausfeld are representing the 16 youths in this matter.

3. Daily life of Amazonian Tembe tribes – in pictures – An image gallery in The Guardian highlight the Tembe warriors in Brazil wear colourful headdresses of macaw and other feathers, and wield bow and arrows to hunt and protect their homeland, which is constantly under threat in the globally vital Amazon region.

4. ‘We Know How to Keep the Balance of Nature’. Why Including Indigenous People Is Vital to Solving Climate Change – Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim, President of the Association for Indigenous Women and Peoples of Chad (AFPAT), tells TIME what lessons indigenous communities hold for the rest of the world in protecting the environment and mitigating and adapting to climate change.

5. The Indigenous Teen Who Confronted Trudeau About Unsafe Water Took On the UN – VICE meets Autumn Peltier, a 15 year old citizen of Wiikwemkoong First Nation. As the Chief Water Commissioner for the Anishinabek Nation, she represents more than 40 First Nations in Ontario, many of whom, lack clean drinking water. In Peltier’s speech to the U.N., she urged world leaders to use their power to ensure people around the world have access to safe drinking water. “Water is a basic human right,” she said.

6. Silo, the world’s first zero-waste restaurant by award-winning chef Douglas McMaster, has relocated to London – From trading directly with farmers to composting leftover scraps in the kitchen’s own compost machine, Silo’s continuing aim is to ‘close the loop’ in the food production process. Housed on the upper floor of Hackney Wick’s The White Building, Silo‘s quirky space features interiors designed by Nina Woodcraft – who is known for her commitment to sustainable design – alongside material conservationist Seetal Solanki.

7. Tawi-Tawi vendors carry fruits, veggies in woven coconut leaf baskets – Vendors in the Philippines town of Bong-ao have come up with greener alternatives to carry produce – baskets entirely woven from coconut leaves, GMA News reports.

Image Credit: Chris Pizzello

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


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