Magazine article New Internationalist

Reasons to Be Cheerful

Magazine article New Internationalist

Reasons to Be Cheerful

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An indestructible football

Football is a great social connector, but if your only ball gets punctured it could be game over. According to its developers One World Play, the 'One World Futbol' never goes flat or needs a pump, even if driven over, making it ideal for use anywhere - from a war zone to a refugee camp. For each ball purchased, One World Play gives away another for free. To date, aid agencies have handed out over 1.6 million of these Futbols to children worldwide.

Sacred 'No-Go' areas

The need to protect sacred natural sites from destructive development gained official recognition from the world's oldest and largest environmental network, the International Union for Conservation of Nature, at its recent congress in Hawaii. A delegation of indigenous custodians that had campaigned for the motion explained in a statement that sacred sites are the place where 'nature and culture' converge, enabling 'the next generation to connect with and carry on our ancestral cultures, ceremonies and spirituality'. …

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