Magazine article New Internationalist

Reasons to Be Cheerful

Magazine article New Internationalist

Reasons to Be Cheerful

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Māori revival

Radio and TV presenters in New Zealand have begun using Māori words, two decades after it was made an official language. Kanoa Lloyd, of Māori descent, was the first to introduce words like Aotearoa, for New Zealand, in her TV reports. Other high-profile journalists have followed suit. Lloyd has brushed aside complaints that this excludes some viewers: 'The change has already happened. The Earth isn't flat, climate change is real... we're speaking Māori.'

Lighting up the slums

A pioneering new scheme has brought solar lamps to 100,000 households in Indian slums across cities including Bangalore, Hyderabad and Kolkata. As well as representing a healthy alternative to highly polluting and harmful traditional kerosene lamps, the lack of ongoing fuel costs means the lamps will also bring down household costs. …

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