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. Staples Center to compost flowers left at the Kobe Bryant Memorial, while Bryant’s widow and family to receive some items – A massive memorial created by the public outside Staples Center after the death of former Lakers player Kobe Bryant has been dismantled, with flowers to be composted and spread around plants near Staples Center while some items will be catalogued and shipped to Bryant’s widow, Vanessa, and other members of the family, according to ESPN.

2. Taika Waititi Makes History As First Indigenous Director To Win An Oscar – Taika Waititi made history at the 92nd Academy Awards Sunday night when he became the first Māori person to win an Oscar, Huffington Post writes. The New Zealand director Waititi won Best Adapted Screenplay for his World War II “anti-hate” satire “Jojo Rabbit” ― which he wrote, directed and starred in. He is the first Indigenous person to be nominated in the category and first Indigenous director to win an Oscar.

3. How to Take an Eco-Friendly Trip to the MaldivesThe islands of the Maldives, a South Asian nation in the Indian Ocean, are among the world’s many locales threatened by climate change. By some estimates, in 100 years, most of the low-lying country might be underwater due to rising sea levels. AFAR considers the cost of maintaining paradise and how the travel industry may be able to help. As it turns out, there are a few ways conscientious travelers can be a part of the solution.

4. Hawaii Is a Paradise, but Whose? – A growing number of Hawaiians say that tourism isn’t working for them. Here’s how they are trying to change it, The New York Times reports.

5. Zero Waste Daniel Gave Fashion A Funeral – Daniel Silverstein, aka Zero Waste Daniel, thinks fashion is dead. In 2016, Zero Waste Daniel broke away from the fashion industry to create his own collections made entirely from up-cycled fabric scraps that other designers were planning on dumping in the landfill, according to Interview Magazine.

6. How environment and conservation charities are using tech to drive changeCharity Digital examines how environment and conservation charities are using cutting-edge tech and digital innovation to drive change and achieve their mission.

7. Protecting wetlands for people and planetFairplanet looks at how wetlands alongside forests are crucial ecosystems to the preservation of the planet.

Image Credit: Taika Waititi by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic

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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