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. Two Biden Priorities, Climate and Inequality, Meet on Black-owned farms – The administration has pledged to make agriculture a cornerstone of its plan to fight warming, but also to tackle a legacy of discrimination that has pushed Black farmers off the land, The New York Times reports.

2. Try Something New – With things still changing this new year, Hubbub shares some ways to stay active, creative and occupied during tighter restrictions whether you’re looking for a new hobby like making your own facemasks, new ways to do things that are better for the environment, or new ways to save money on bills around the house.

3. Despite Challenges, Healthy Population of Snow Leopards Documented in Himachal Pradesh – The Himalayan range of Himachal Pradesh supports a good population of the wide-roaming snow leopard, according to a three-year scientific assessment by the state wildlife wing in collaboration with the Nature Conservation Foundation, The Weather Channel reports.

4. Million Gardens Movement – The Giustra Foundation is launching the Million Gardens Movement to build, over the next few years, a community of one million gardeners and to encourage the planting of a million new gardens, whether it’s on a windowsill or in your backyard.

5. Norway becomes first country where EVs outsell petrol cars – Norway has become the first country in the world where the majority of new car sales are pure-electric cars, spurred on largely by demand for Volkswagen Group EVs, Autocar writes.

6. How to Make Your Own Zero-Waste Sponges – An easy sewing project you can finish in an afternoon, Better Homes & Gardens shows how to create sponges using printed cotton fabric.

7. Zero-waste beauty startup Everist develops waterless haircareEverist‘s cream-pastes are 3x concentrated, meaning now a whole bottle of shampoo or conditioner can fit in a 100ml travel-friendly aluminum tube, a first of its kind in the industry. Containing coconut-derived cleansers, aloe vera and peppermint, amla, and rosemary oils among other clean ingredients, the formulas are completely waterless and activated with the water in the shower.

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

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