Welcome to the 83rd volume of WizeWorld: a collection of stories and sounds to round out your week, pique your curiosity, and widen your wizdom.
This week’s theme is thinking globally.
A small personal change like drinking less soda or eating less farmed meat might seem like it just affects us. But the truth is that these small steps can have a big impact if we all make them together. Whether it means less pressure on our healthcare systems, more wild land for everyone to enjoy, or even how taking interest in a new sport can put you on track to the Olympics. What’s one small change you can make today for a better world?
We’ll be looking at:
- How sugar costs Canada $5 billion per year
- An interview with aspiring Olympian Chanell Botsis
- The rainbow fish scientists just discovered
- Willy’s Super Sick Mix from athlete Sean Collins
- Lab-grown meat that could save the planet
A new study from The University of Alberta highlights just how much damage sugar does to the wider world. They estimate that sugar-laden drinks and food create major health problems that cost the Canadian health care system $5 billion per year, and most health experts agree that Canadians are simply eating too much sugar. The current recommendation is keeping “free” or added sugars to less than 10 percent of our daily intake, while others argue that five percent is closer to an ideal range. But only about 6 percent of Canadians come anywhere close to the ideal, and just one in three meet the baseline. That’s why Wize is here as one small way to help make the switch from soda easy with low sugar content that keeps you well within your daily limits.
Enjoy this interview with athlete and aspiring Olympian Chanell Botsis. Chanell got involved in track and field as a way to gear up for the soccer season, but instead, she fell in love with classic Olympic events like discus, high jump, shotput, and the hammer throw. In 2012, at the age of just 14, she qualified for the BC Summer Games and won all three of her events that year, as well as gold, silver, and bronze at the Canadian National Championships the same year. She’s since won the W.R. Bennett Award for Athletic Excellence, and represented Team Canada at the World University Games in Naples, where she placed ninth. She now has her eye on the 2024 Olympics in Paris. With all of that intensive training, she doesn’t have time for sugary drinks that leave her feeling unhealthy, which is why she loves to grab a Wize as an occasional alternative to water when she needs that extra boost.
New fish just dropped. Colossal brings us the story of scientists off the coast of the Maldives who’ve discovered a new species of fish. This psychedelic water dweller is called the rose-veiled fairy wrasse, or Cirrhilabrus finifenmaa for any latin fans in the house. It’s a relatively small fish with a bright pink head and scales in shades of yellow and blue, found between 131 and 229 feet below sea level. Technically it’s recently been reclassified as it was mistaken in 1990 for an adult version of a similar fish. Either way, it’s good to remember that the earth still has the ability to surprise us and there’s so much more to discover.
Can you kick it? Yes you can, with this mix of throwbacks and contemporary classics that’ll chill you out and get you in the mood for the weekend. So pop a can of zesty Lemon Wize Iced Tea and relax with Willy’s Super Sick Mix from athlete Sean Collins.
Finally, if you’ve noticed bottles of Eat Just’s mung bean-based vegan eggs popping up in stores near you, you’ll be glad to hear it’s just one phase of their animal-free plan. According to Positive News, the earth and animal-friendly company began selling lab-made chicken in Singapore and now they’re looking to expand. Their creation needs 78 percent less water, 95 percent less land, and emits 92 percent fewer CO2 emissions compared with the real deal. The best part? According to testers, it tastes… well, just like chicken. It’s one small step toward less pollution, more rewilded land, and a happier planet. We’ll take it.
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