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. 2021 is the year for everyone across the UK to Bee the Change! – The Bumblebee Conversation Trust is asking people across the UK to take simple, quick micro-actions to make their postcode more bumblebee-friendly. Through the new campaign, people will pledge to Bee the Change and carry out quick and simple micro-actions like spotting nearby bumblebees, growing bee-friendly plants, creating wild bumblebee havens, and spreading the #BeeTheChange message with their friends, families and local communities.

2. London remains one of the world’s leading green finance centres – London has held on to one of the top spots for green finance quality, according to the Global Green Finance Index (GGFI). Sustainable finance has become increasingly central in the financial services industry as the effects of climate change continue to have a devastating impact globally, City A.M. writes.

3. How mangrove forests helped stall environmental crime – The majestic mangrove forests of Kenya’s east coast have helped to bring levels of poaching and logging down, while taking large quantities of carbon out of the air, BBC Future Planet reports.

4. UK steps up as Europe’s second largest EV market = The UK has replaced France to become the second largest electric car market in Europe due to a rise in demand for vehicles with zero exhaust emissions, according to the RAC.

5. Renewables to oust fossils by 2050 as emerging markets on-ramp for transition – Recharge News writes that new research by Carbon Tracker has found that solar and wind could power planet ‘100 times over’ as technologies hone economics and climate emergency transforms government policy globally.

6. 26 ways to live lighter on the planet, starting now – National Geographic has launched Planet Possible, a new initiative to empower everyone to live a lighter life on the planet.

7. Supermarket chain Asda to start selling second-hand clothes in shops – Asda has revealed it will start selling second-hand clothes in 50 of its UK stores. The supermarket chain, which was previously owned by Walmart, said the move will prevent thousands of tonnes of clothes going to landfill every year, according to Yahoo!.

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

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