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. Belgium uses giant ‘vacuum cleaner’ to remove plastic from nature reserve – Engineers have built a giant ‘vacuum cleaner’ to rid a Belgian nature reserve of millions of pieces of plastic litter too small to collect by hand, Reuters reports.

2. New Veolia strategy to make ‘major investment’ to back UK green recovery – Impact 2023 is Veolia’s latest sustainability strategy, which aims take forward the circular economy in the UK by investing in solutions to combat climate change. Currently managing over 2 million tonnes of reclaimed material, the company is now aiming to expand its new technologies that lower resource use, according to Circular.

3. Jack Sargeant MS leads Universal Basic Income debate on eradicating poverty in Wales – Wales’ youngest Member of the Senedd called on Welsh Government to trial a Universal Basic Income in a bid to eradicate poverty, The Leader reports.

4. How investing in nature can help tackle the biodiversity and climate crises – The safeguarding of natural ecosystems is crucial if we are to meet both biodiversity and climate goals. Stopping deforestation and restoring forests, for example, is one of the best options available to halt climate change; it also brings vast benefits for biodiversity. Such win-win scenarios are central to nature-based solutions and natural climate solutions, according to the World Economic Forum.

5. RBC becomes first major Canadian bank to refuse to fund oil drilling in Arctic refuge – Canada’s largest bank, the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC), has quietly become the first major financial institution in the country to refuse to fund any oil and gas development in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) in Alaska, The Narwhal reports.

6. Singapore embarks on a million-tree planting spree to protect its future – In August 2020, the Singapore government announced the launch of the new Sungei Buloh Park Network, a 400-hectare (990-acre) park in the northern portion of the island that is a refueling site for migratory birds and is home to oriental hornbills, otters, saltwater crocodiles, and many other species, Mongabay writes.

7. Ikea to open its first secondhand store – The company will open its first secondhand store in Sweden later this year where they will sell refurbished furniture and home furnishings. The new store will be located in the ReTuna shopping mall in Eskilstuna, which is the world’s first secondhand shopping centre.

Image Credit: ReTuna

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

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