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. TikTok Sensation Alexis Nikole Nelson Wants You to Love Foraging as Much as She Does Civil Eats meets Columbus, Ohio-native Alexis Nikole Nelson is teaching people how to identify, harvest, and prepare everything from sumac to acorns to ginkgo nuts—all while presenting an alternative to the mostly white-male image of modern foraging.

2. Mauritian climate activist holds underwater protest to protect seagrass – In a remote stretch of the western Indian Ocean, a 24-year-old Mauritian marine scientist donned a snorkel and dived below the choppy waves to float in protest above the world’s largest seagrass meadow, Reuters reports.

3. Why Dorset musicians want to plant 1,000 trees near Gillingham – Musical duo Ninebarrow are planting 1,000 trees after they calculated the environmental impact of their touring. Jon Whitley and Jay LaBouchardiere are planting 1,000 native English trees and 200 shrubs to form ‘The Ninebarrow Woodland’, the Dorset Echo writes.

4. Fashion industry to contribute to cost of recycling under proposals – The fashion industry would have to contribute to the cost of recycling clothes under UK Government proposals to cut textile waste. Better design and labelling are also part of a consultation on an Extended Producer Responsibility scheme to ramp up the reuse and recycling of textiles and hold manufacturers accountable for textile waste, according to PA Media.

5. It’s Global Recycling Day: Which brands reward you for returning old clothing, beauty products and tech?The Independent lists take-back schemes that reduce waste going to landfill and benefit you too.

6. Unilever Beauty & Personal Care targets 1.5 million hectares of nature conservation by 2030Unilever’s Beauty & Personal Care arm, which owns brands like Dove and Vaseline, has committed to conserving and restoring 1.5 million hectares of habitat by 2030 as part of a new sustainability strategy, according to Edie.

7. Huge new forest set to be planted and transform South Lakes area in Cumbria, England – A new community forest planted in Cumbria could help prevent climate change, a report has revealed. Dubbed the Cumbria Coastal Community Forest Proposal, between 500 and 1,000 hectares of trees across the county could be planted over the next five years, according to LancsLive.

Image Credit: Alexis Nikole Nelson

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

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