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. Sacred Indigenous artefacts handed back to Aranda and Bardi Jawi elders after 100 years in US – Sacred Indigenous artefacts have been returned to traditional owners in central Australia after spending almost a century in United States museums. Elders spent months liaising for the return of 42 Aranda and Bardi Jawi objects, which arrived in Sydney from the Illinois State Museum a fortnight ago. The items were the first of many to be returned as part of a project that coincides with next year’s 250th anniversary of Captain James Cook’s first voyage to Australia, ABC News reports.

2. Natural Climate Solutions: The Doorway to Climate Restoration – “Climate restorers” are increasingly gaining attention as they raise the possibility that humanity can actually fix our climate. Climate restoration may still be an unfamiliar concept to most people who talk about and work on climate solutions — but the rapidly growing attention to carbon dioxide removal (CDR) is gaining support as a method to restore the atmosphere to what our grandparents knew, according to Earth911.

3. Leonardo DiCaprio Holds Inspirational Meeting With Greta Thunberg – Long-time climate change activist Leonardo DiCaprio has held a meeting with teenage climate warrior Greta Thunberg, Elle writes. Calling Thunberg ‘a leader of our time’, the 44-year-old praised her profusely, writing: ‘It is because of Greta, and young activists everywhere, that I am optimistic about what the future holds’.

4. Sandwell Council to plant tree for every child starting school – Plans to plant 15,000 trees in Sandwell – one for every child who starts school in the next two years – have been approved by senior councillors. Cabinet members gave the green light to the £90k scheme to create new woodlands starting with 4,900 saplings for children who entered reception classes this year, Halsowen News reports.

5. Schuh launches take-back scheme – Footwear retailer Schuh has launched a take-back scheme for unwanted shoes as part of its sustainability strategy. The initiative was launched in partnership with recycling trading group Recyclatex. It encourages customers to recycle their unwanted shoes – from any retailer – and, for every pair donated, shoppers will receive a £5 voucher that is redeemable against full-price items. This scheme will be rolled out across Schuh’s 130 stores in the UK and Ireland, Drapers reports.

6. Absolut Vodka release recycled version of “iconic” bottle – With their latest limited-edition bottle, Absolut Vodka seeks to highlight the need to recycle and reuse our existing resources, according to Packaging Europe. The Absolut Company worked with Ardagh Group to create a bottle design based on recycled glass, to promote and visualise the benefits of recycling. They collaborated to develop the ‘Absolut Comeback’ design: a bottle using actual pieces of broken, recycled glass, reflecting the recycled glass that goes into every Absolut Vodka bottle.

7. Circular Economy Bill to reduce waste in Scotland – The Scottish government has launched a consultation on its proposals for a Circular Economy Bill to cut waste and drive the reuse of materials, Government Europa writes. The proposed Circular Economy Bill includes provisions for reuse and recycling of waste materials by businesses, individuals and industry bodies.

Image Source: Leonardo DiCaprio instagram page

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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