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. In “The Whale Child,” Environmental Lessons from the Deep – Read an excerpt from The Whale Child, a new children’s book that centres Native culture and the relationship with Earth, available at Yes! Magazine.

2. How Taiwan Uses Buddhist Literature For Environmental Education – In The Conversation, Natasha Heller discusses how Taiwan offers an example of how to teach children about caring for their environment through Buddhist literature.

3. Bid to make ‘ecocide’ a crime gains new momentum – Stop Ecocide Foundation has recently set up a panel of lawyers and international judges to draft a definition and hopes that ecocide will be added to the crimes prosecuted by the ICC, alongside genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes, France 24 reports.

4. Living Planet: Sun-rich solutions – Morocco’s ambitious energy plans – The Kingdom of Morocco is one of just two countries (along with Gambia) on track to meet its Paris commitments, according to the Climate Action Tracker. In 2009, King Mohammed VI called for a makeover of the country’s energy sector. Since then the country has seen the first solar airplane, Green Mosques and the world’s largest solar plant, DW reports.

5. Meet the Irish designers turning old things into new gems – The Covid and climate crises are driving demand for eco-conscious homewares. Irish Times meets people who have built businesses restoring old furniture or creating beautiful homewares out of discarded materials.

6. Boost in farm tours and staycations is helping to build Scottish agritourism – it is hoped that the recent interest in exploring what is on your own doorstep and enjoying the green space around you is something that will continue beyond what has so far begun as a restricted 2021, The Herald investigates.

7. Malaysian team turns pineapple waste into disposable drone parts – Malaysian researchers have developed a method to transform the fibre found in normally discarded pineapple leaves to make a strong material that can be used to build the frames for unmanned aircraft, or drones, according to Reuters.

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

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