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. Win for conservation as African black rhino numbers rise – Numbers of African black rhinos in the wild have risen by several hundred, a rare boost in the conservation of a species driven to near extinction by poaching, The Guardian reports.

2. Sustainable fashion platform launches the world’s first circular economy clothing material – Teemill, the Isle of Wight-based sustainable fashion platform, has launched ‘Remill’, the world’s first circular economy clothing material, designed to be remade over and over again, according to the Island Echo.

3. Promoting African green business and circular economy for better policies – On the shores of Lake Victoria, just outside Kampala city in Uganda, State Minister for Environment of Uganda Beatrice Anywar addressed over 300 African entrepreneurs and policymakers gathered in February 2020 at the Switch Africa Green regional forum to discuss how to advance green economy in Africa, United Nations Environment Programme writes.

4. Meet the young people helping our wetlands in Somerset thriveSomerset Country Gazette speaks to three reserve wardens at Steart Marshes to share their experience of managing the marshes and what they’ve learned about the key wildlife they work with.

5. Best foot forward: Indonesian makes shoes from chicken feet – Nurman Farieka Ramdhany, a 25-year-old entrepreneur in the Indonesian city of Bandung, thinks he has come up with a cost-effective answer that promotes sustainability: skin taken from the feet of chickens, Reuters reports.

6. Gin distilleries switch to make hand sanitiser – Gin distilleries have announced plans to switch to producing hand sanitiser during the coronavirus pandemic, BBC reports.

7. Indigenous Innovations Provide Blueprint for Climate-Resilient Design – A new book, Lo-TEK: Design by Radical Indigenism, highlights centuries-old technologies that provide a powerful toolkit for sustainable architecture and design in the modern age, Sustainable Brands writes.

Image: Reuters

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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