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. Elon Musk renames himself ‘Treelon’ and makes huge donation to fund tree-planting campaign – Elon Musk has pledged $1million to fund a massive tree-planting campaign. The billionaire promised to give a group called #TeamTree enough cash to plant one million trees in 2020 and 2021. The #TeamTrees campaign started in May 2019 when the YouTuber MrBeast was challenged to plant 20 million trees. MrBeast then teamed up with other online celebrities and the Arbor Day Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to ‘planting and caring for trees’, according to Metro.

2. How Solutions Journalism Network’s LEDE Fellowship helps international projects take off – International journalists will be trained and paid to report on solutions to the climate crisis in their region, thanks to a new solutions journalism scheme. The Solutions Journalism Network (SJN) launched the LEDE Fellowship earlier this year as a way to help international solutions journalism projects get off the ground. Last week, SJN announced its first 21 recipients of funding. Constructive journalism publisher INKLINE has issued a call for journalists from Europe, Asia and Oceania to produce an in-depth feature of solutions that mitigate the impact of the climate crisis on local communities, Journalism.co.uk writes.

3. Green Climate Fund attracts record US$9.8 billion for developing nations – Thirteen nations, including the United Kingdom, Germany and France, have together pledged US$9.8 billion to replenish a United Nations fund that helps low-income countries to reduce their carbon emissions and adapt to the impacts of climate change. The total value of these pledges exceeds the $9.3 billion promised in the last round in 2014, despite the absence this time of the United States and Australia, Nature reports.

4. Indigenous Knowledge Can Help Solve the Biodiversity Crisis – People who live off the land depend on keeping ecosystems intact, and scientists are tapping into their unique expertise, Scientific American reports.

5. Meet the Navajo Multi-Hyphenate Championing Indigenous FashionVogue meets Shondina Lee, the Navajo creative, who has teamed up with American workwear brand, Wrangler on a series of images that explore her community’s roots.

6. Yotam Ottolenghi’s recipes for a zero-waste mealThe Guardian features a zero-waste meal using only one set of ingredients to the fullest: start with chicken soup, then roast the stock vegetables, and finish by flash-roasting the poached chicken

7. Zero-waste pumpkin ice cream launched – Experts are tackling food waste by releasing a pumpkin ice cream recipe that uses some of the tonnes of waste created in the UK each Halloween, according to FarmingUK News. Academics from the Division of Food and Drink at Abertay University in Dundee have created the treat with a view to salvaging some of the tonnes of waste created in the UK each Halloween.

Image Credit: © Wrangler/Heath Herring

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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