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. Vietnam bans wildlife trade to curb risk of pandemics – Vietnam’s Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has issued a directive to ban the Southeast Asian country’s wildlife trade with immediate effect in order to reduce the risk of new pandemics, Reuters reports.

2. Human-generated global ground vibrations ‘dropped by 50% during lockdown’The Irish News writes that global ground vibrations, generated by human activities such as air and road traffic and industrial work, dropped by an average of 50% between March and May 2020, scientists have found.

3. Colorado clothing company weaves community into sustainable fashionThe Denver Channel meets Jevon Taylor, the founder of False Ego, a streetwear clothing brand using sustainable fabrics like organic cotton, reworked denim, and regenerated nylon.

4. This app plants trees when people make lower-carbon choices – Ant Forest is a mobile game that has become China’s largest private sector tree-planting scheme. The game has funded the planting of more than 120 million trees, covering more than 100,000 hectares, the World Economic Forum reports.

5. Covid-19 insights — Build back better with the circular economyThe Ellen Macarthur Foundation has published a series of policy and investment insight papers, exploring how circular economy strategies can help build a resilient, low carbon, and prosperous recovery.

6. Camden gets a new conscious market – Camden’s new conscious market, Buck Street Market, aims to inspire its visitors to make informed choices via its ethically minded traders, which range from zero-waste restaurants to ethically sourced clothing, The Resident reports.

7. The Great StaycationResilience looks at how the Coronavirus pandemic could push a rapid transition to creative domestic holidays.

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

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