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. Sustainable tourism: how Scotland is changing with the times, and the environment – VisitScotland believes that sustainable tourism will be the way of the future with many of those who come to experience the country’s sights and sounds intent on ensuring they tread as lightly on our country as they possibly can, The Herald reports.

2. Dell debuts new resource efficiency and climate goals – Tech corporation Dell will make more than half its products from recycled or renewable material, and aim to cut greenhouse gas emissions per unit of revenue by more than half by 2030, according to Business Green.

3. Vancouver Indigenous Fashion Week hits the runway November 18-21 – Vancouver Indigenous Fashion Week returns this week for its second walk down the runway. Today’s event will feature designers Debra Sparrow, Yolanda Skelton, Pam Baker and Evan Ducharme. In addition to fashion, it will also feature the Indigenous Makers Market, which will offer authentic Indigenous art and designs for sale throughout the week, Burnaby Now reports.

4. This Indigenous Skincare Brand Blends Science and Squamish Traditions – Ethnobotanist Leigh Joseph launched Sḵwálwen Botanicals as a way to reconnect to ancestral land and traditions. Flare reports that Leigh Joseph believes there’s a common interest, among Indigenous and non-Indigenous people, in how plants connect us to nature and to our health. That’s partly due, she thinks, to a growing awareness of what’s in the creams and cleansers we use on our skin, as well as the effects of skincare production and packaging on the environment.

5. Scotland launches Circular Economy Bill consultationThe Scottish government has launched a six-week consultation on its Circular Economy Bill, calling for businesses and individuals to give their views of the proposed legislation online, Recycling & Waste World reports. The Bill outlines the government’s plans to reduce, reuse and boost recycling in order to drive Scotland’s circular economy. Responses to the consultation will be analysed and used to inform policy development.

6. How to have a ‘greener’ and more sustainable Christmas – Tips to reduce your waste this festive period from Heart.

7. John Lewis donates £150,000 to food redistribution charity, FareShare as it launches its Christmas advert – The donation is timed to coincide with the release of the John Lewis Christmas advert, which is called Excitable Edgar, Third Sector reports. It follows Edgar the small green dragon who always seems to inconvenience the townspeople with his uncontrollable fire-breathing.

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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