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. This Indigenous Teenager Is Fighting To Save The Amazon From Brazil’s Bolsonaro – Last month, as a record outbreak of fires in the Amazon threatened to push the vulnerable rainforest closer to destruction, 19-year-old Artemisa Xakriabá begged the world to realise what the rapid obliteration of Brazil’s environment means for indigenous people like her. Huffington Post meets Artemisa Xakriabá.

2. Elders reflect on fight to end Uluru climb – Shortly before Uluru was permanently closed to climbers, the crowd was ordered to make way for a group of elderly Aboriginal people, Newcastle Herald reports.

3. Renewable energy set to grow by 50% by 2024 – The world’s total renewable power capacity is forecast to grow by 50 per cent by 2024, according to the International Energy Agency’s (IEA) Renewables 2019 report. Solar photovoltaics are predicted to account for more than half of the growth, with the 600GW increase to be driven mainly by commercial, industrial and private installation. The number of solar rooftop systems on homes is set to more than double to 100m by 2024, with Australia and California expected to be among the lead markets, City A.M. reports.

4. Lonely Planet’s Best Travel Destinations for 2020 Is Revealed – The travel publisher makes some surprising selections such as Bhutan as one of the best countries to visit, and Cape Winelands, South Africa, as one of the best to valued places to see, Architectural Digest writes.

5. Ferrero Group announces 100% sustainable packaging 2025 commitment – Italian confectionery company Ferrero Group has today announced a commitment to make all its packaging 100% reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2025, according to Packaging Gateway.

6. Mass tree-planting plan for wildlife lab – Hundreds of native trees are set to be planted at a “living laboratory” in the Scottish Highlands next month, The Scotsman reports. The move is part of a five-year project that will employ cutting-edge technology to help monitor and manage the restoration of a former forestry plantation near Loch Ness. A mixture of tree species, including aspen, Scots Pine and birch, are being planted at the 100-acre site, near Whitebridge on the eastern side of the loch.

7. Purpose at Work: How Wrangler Is Creating the Next Generation of Sustainable Fashion – By tackling the industry’s biggest challenges, the jeans giant is carving out a competitive advantage and helping other apparel makers improve industry practices, Sustainable Brands says.

Image Credit: © Articulation of Indigenous Peoples of Brazil

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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