Here’s a roundup of some of the stories that have captured Life & Soul Magazine’s attention this week:
1. A Battle to Protect Forests Unfolds in Central Africa – Indigenous people, environmentalists and industries vie for control over lands that can offer economic benefits or climate protection — but not always both, The New York Times reports.
2. 20 Eco-Friendly Hotels To Visit Around The World – Refinery29 showcases a selection of lodges and resorts that are eco-friendly.
3. The cycling Southampton students picking up food waste – A group of students has set up a food waste project using bicycles to collect residents’ kitchen scraps, the BBC reports.
4. With plastic bags on their way out, what else should we consider ditching? – Two Toronto stores make it easy to forget the convenience of single-use plastics, according to CBC News.
5. Landmark French law will stop unsold goods being thrown away – France is to ban designer clothes and luxury goods companies from destroying unsold or returned items under a wide-ranging anti-waste law passed by parliament. The groundbreaking law, which the French government claims is a world first, also covers electrical items, hygiene products and cosmetics, which must now be reused, redistributed or recycled, The Guardian writes.
6. The golden age of Indigenous television is here – and it’s changed Australia forever – “We, First Nations people, have gained control of our narrative. We are exploring storytelling through television in every way we can”, indigenous actress Shari Sebbens writes in The Guardian.
7. Indigenous Forest Lands Protected in the Philippines – The indigenous Dumagat and Alta communities, with support from Rainforest Trust and partner Daluhay Daloy ng Buhay Inc, an organisation focused on democratic ecosystem management, have just established the San Luis S’bkal-Is’suwi Indigenous Community Conserved Area and Territory on the Philippine island of Luzon. This 97,670-acre reserve safeguards habitat for threatened species while helping surrounding communities assert ownership of their ancestral lands, Rainforest Trust says.
Image: San Luis S’bkal-Is’suwi Indigenous Community Conserved Area and Territory, Philippines/Daluhay Daloy ng Buhay Inc. Facebook 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