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. Wild bison to return to UK for first time in 6,000 years – Wild bison are to return to the UK for the first time in 6,000 years, with the release of a small herd in Kent planned for spring 2022, The Guardian reports.

2. Red kite 30-year Chilterns project a ‘conservation success’ – The reintroduction of red kites to an area of outstanding natural beauty 30 years ago has been a “true conservation success story”, the BBC reports.

3. Hawaii Energy donates 2,100 home energy kits across the Islands – Throughout the month of June, Hawaii Energy partnered with various businesses on Maui, Hawaii Island, Molokai and Oahu to distribute home energy kits, containing a selection of items aimed to help households save on energy. More than 2,100 kits were distributed, containing four LED A19 bulbs (60w), one smart power strip, two bathroom aerators, one fixed showerhead and educational kids activity packets, Pacific Business News writes.

4. New programme aims to save threatened Indonesian forests – Nowhere else on Earth do elephants, rhinos, tigers and orangutans roam the wild together than the Indonesian Leuser. A unique partnership is now working to protect it. Under the Lion’s Share Fund, local and global partners are combining forces to tackle the threats facing the Leuser, according to the UN Environment Programme.

5. An Africa-focused “micro-forestry” startup has raised $28 million to plant a billion trees – Deforestation in Africa is happening at twice the global average rate. The implications of that reality range from increased exposure to climate change risks and hobbling biodiversity and conservation efforts. Komaza, an Africa-focused forestry company, is hoping to slow down those effects by scaling its sustainable “micro-forestry” model which sees it work with smallholder farmers to grow and harvest trees, Quartz reports.

6. Pandemic speeds largest test yet of universal basic income – Economists welcome the chance to see whether giving people cash to spend however they choose improves livelihoods, according to Nature.

7. Seeing nature through Indigenous ‘lens’ might improve environmental decision-making – As various levels of government in Canada become more serious about climate change, there has been heightened interest in incorporating Indigenous knowledge in that effort, CBC reports.

Image Credit: Hawaii Energy

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

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