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. Scotland’s first ever mobile zero waste shop to be created by Glasgow social enterprise – Society Zero CIC, an environmentally focused company, is currently crowdfunding to raise enough money to buy and create the ‘sustainable supermarket on wheels,’ to make zero waste and plastic free shopping more accessible, The Sunday Post reports.

2. ‘Quite incredible’: demand for Indigenous literature goes global – Indigenous literature has been one of the top-performing categories for local booksellers in 2019, and international publishers are noticing a similar increase in interest for books written by Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander authors, according to The Sydney Morning Herald.

3. Entrepreneur builds floating island from plastic waste in Ivory Coast – An island in the middle of Abidjan’s lagoon is floating atop 700,000 recycled plastic bottles, tightly packed into boxes, SBS reports.

4. A village of 15 tiny houses designed for homeless veterans just opened in a Canadian city – A village of tiny homes for homeless veterans has been unveiled in Calgary, Canada. The project, an initiative led by the Homes for Heroes Foundation, provides homes and services to homeless Canadian veterans looking to get back on their feet, according to Business Insider.

5. 26 Alternative Christmas Tree Ideas – There are pine trees and flocked trees, silver trees and gold trees, black trees and themed trees, even crafty wooden pallet trees in Elle Decor‘s gallery. 

6. Easyjet to offset carbon emissions of all flights – From now on, Easyjet will pay out of its own pocket to offset the carbon emissions of all flights across its entire network at no cost to passengers, according to the airline, writes BBT. The carrier has become the first to voluntarily operate carbon neutral flights. British Airways and Air France are due to offset domestic operations from 2020, while Lufthansa will offset all European corporate fares.

7. In Japan, ecotourism helps protect giant salamanders – Nichinan, located in the headwaters of the Hinogawa river, which flows into the Sea of Japan, is one of the foremost habitats of the giant salamander, a special natural treasure, SF Gate reports. In cooperation with several parties, including the Hanzaki Research Institute of Japan in Asago, Hyogo Prefecture, which has been conducting ecological surveys there, the town has been promoting ecotourism, aiming at both the protection of the giant salamander and the utilization of the rare species for tourism.

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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