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. MCS calls for legislation in UK to stem flow of microfibres into oceans – Marine Conservation Society (MCS) is calling on the UK Government to help stem the flow of plastic microfibres entering the ocean from our laundry with a new campaign and petition called Stop Ocean Threads. The goal is to secure legislation requiring all washing machines to have microfibre filters.

2. Conservation could create jobs post-pandemic – The pandemic of COVID-19 has had devastating economic effects on individuals and businesses. Research shows that funding conservation and outdoor recreation is one way to help Americans get back on their feet, The Conversation discusses. 

3. Studio Anyo gets go-ahead for carbon positive, zero waste east London mewsThe nine-home project in Walthamstow, is being billed as a ‘pioneering’ new pilot scheme for emerging developer GS8 ahead of a wider programme rollout, Architects Journal writes. 

4. Bali hosts first centre to return captive dolphins to the wild – Just a year ago, Rambo was confined to a shallow, chlorinated pool in an Indonesian hotel on the island of Bali entertaining visitors from around the world by jumping through hoops. Now, the bottlenose dolphin is swimming freely after being brought to what organisers say is the world’s first permanent rehabilitation centre under a project initiated by Bali’s government and animal rights groups, Reuters reports.

5. COVID-19: Four Sustainable Development Goals that help future-proof global recovery – The pandemic has exposed that gains made to address poverty, hunger, good health and well-being may face serious setbacks, unless the global community also urgently addresses the global environmental threats that have similar capacity to gravely undermine the systems that enable humanity and the planet to survive and thrive, according to the UN Environment Programme.

6. England’s B-Lines network will give pollinating insects a boost – A newly completed B-Lines network for England is being launched this week by conservation charity Buglife.  B-Lines are a strategically mapped nationwide network of potential and existing wildflower habitat, designed to identify where creating new habitat will provide the greatest benefit for pollinators and help restore our declining populations of bees, butterflies, hoverflies and other pollinating insects.  These rivers of wildflowers will criss-cross the country from the South West to the North East enabling pollinators, and other wildlife, to move across the landscape.

7. Japan’s forgotten indigenous people – Japan’s indigenous people, the Ainu, were the earliest settlers of Hokkaido, Japan’s northern island. The Ainu have long been of interest to anthropologists because of their cultural, linguistic and physical identity, but most travellers will not have heard of them. That’s because although they were the earliest settlers of Hokkaido, they were oppressed and marginalised by Japanese rule for centuries, BBC Travel reports.

Image Credit: Studio Anyo

Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief. She writes about lifestyle including sustainable and green living. 

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