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. Universal Basic Income: What it means and how it could shake up social security – Universal Basic Income is being hailed as the answer to a crisis in finances and welfare. Supporters including Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon say a guaranteed, regular cash payment to all residents would be a simple way to provide social security, Daily Record reports.

2. ‘Not just weeds’: how rebel botanists are using graffiti to name forgotten flora – A rising international force of rebel botanists armed with chalk has taken up street graffiti to highlight the names and importance of the diverse but downtrodden flora growing in the cracks of paths and walls in towns and cities across Europe, according to The Guardian.

3. Where to Start With Afrobeat Pioneer Tony Allen, One of the Greatest Drummers EverPitchfork pays respect to drummer Tony Allen – who passed away last week leaving behind a legacy that spans decades, genres, and continents – with a glimpse at some of his essential recordings.

4. £10m available to farmers through tree planting scheme – Farmers and land managers can apply for a scheme to create new woodlands in a bid to tackle climate change. The Forestry Commission announced £10m will be available in the second auction of the Woodland Carbon Guarantee, Farmers Weekly reports.

5. Sustainable food and furniture features in zero-waste London restaurant SiloDezeen looks at the sustainable interiors of Silo which includes pendant lamps, tables and seating poufs made from mycelium, the vegetative part of fungi.

6. City leaders aim to shape green recovery from coronavirus crisis – Cities around the world are already planning for life after Covid-19, with a series of environmental initiatives being rolled out from Bogotá to Barcelona to ensure public safety and bolster the fight against climate breakdown, The Guardian says.

7. Stop destroying the environment or face deadlier pandemics, scientists warn – Environmentalists and scientists issued dire warnings this week: Stop environmental destruction and the illegal wildlife trade now — or face another pandemic that could wipe out civilization, according to the New York Post.

Image Credit: Jill Mead/The Guardian

Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief. She writes about lifestyle including sustainable and green living. She also offers content services to businesses and individuals at Rosamedea.com

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