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. Tesco to launch five-month carton recycling trial – Tesco, Kellogg and the Alliance for Beverage Cartons and the Environment (ACE UK) have announced a five-month trial to collect cartons at in-store recycling points, Resource reports.

2. Local heroes: The retailers benefiting from the rise of localism – Since the lockdown, people have taken to shopping where they live and local retailers have come to the fore. Many have adapted, served and won loyal customers over the past eight months. Retail Week highlights some of the thriving businesses that hold lessons for all of retail.

3. Mahershala Ali reveals how he was cast as Blade – During an appearance on The Tight Rope You Tube channel, Mahershala Ali said that he loved that it was “darker” in terms of its tone, adding: “He’s a little bit darker than some of the other ones and so that element was attractive to me.”

4. How to celebrate Halloween in lock down – it’s time to go old school!Independent Westmeath looks at creative ways to celebrate Halloween indoors and online.

5. Bringing Native Plants Back to Indigenous Diets in Indonesia – Mantasa, a research institution and advocacy organization based in East Java, Indonesia is working to change the narrative of Indigenous food and nutrition sovereignty across Indonesia by reincorporating Indigenous wisdom and native wild plants into Indonesian diets, Foodtank writes.

6. San Francisco to launch universal basic income pilot programme for artists – A proposed pilot universal basic income program is part of the city’s plans to direct nearly $6 million in funding for artists, teaching artists, arts organizations, and cultural workers, according to San Francisco CBS Local. The UBI program will provide up to 130 artists with $1,000 a month for at least six months starting early 2021.

7. Discover the Northumberland cafe reachable only at low tide – Inaccessible from the mainland during twice-daily high tides, Pilgrims Coffee, on Northumberland’s remote Holy Island, offers home-roasted beans and locally sourced dishes with a side serving of adventure — and even has a bed for emergency sleepovers, National Geographic reports.

Image Credit: Marvel

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

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