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In today’s edition of Squirrel News, we’re looking at a landmark multi-faith worship centre uniting Muslims, Jews and Christians in Berlin, the first ever unionisation deal for Uber workers, and the historic rewilding of Tasmanian devils on Australia’s mainland.
Berlin lays first stone for multi-faith worship centre
The construction has begun on a project that hopes to unite Muslims, Jews and Christians under one roof.
Uber recognises labour union for the first time in landmark policy shift
The announcement makes Uber one of the first companies to secure gig economy workers better employment rights and working conditions.
Tasmanian devils born on Australian mainland 3,000 years after disappearing
The announcement raises hopes for conservationists currently embarking on a major rewilding effort across the continent.
Court orders Shell to cut carbon emissions by 45% by 2030
A court in the Hague has ordered Royal Dutch Shell to cut its global carbon emissions by 45% by the end of 2030 compared with 2019 levels, in a landmark case brought by Friends of the Earth and over 17,000 co-plaintiffs.
Local communities take green energy supply into their own hands
With many small towns frustrated by the slow uptake of sustainable and renewable electricity sources by power companies, groups of residents are finding a workaround through community choice.
Struggles From Below
Britain’s electric car charging network boosted by £300m funding
Ofgem to build infrastructure for 3,550 new ultra-rapid charging points on motorways and in town
River restoration project heals the environment and unearths gold
Using an old mining technique, conservationists in British Columbia and Alaska are able to extract the precious metal whilst simultaneously rehabilitating long-polluted riverbeds.
Reasons To Be Cheerful
Beaches are renting out wooden bellyboards for free to fight ocean plastic waste
Coastal spots across Devon, Cornwall, Sussex and Pembrokeshire are offering a green alternative to the polystyrene boards which are often discarded in irresponsible ways.
Fashion rental market celebrates boom as shoppers opt for eco-conscious alternatives
With traditional clothing retail outlets experiencing a drop in sales throughout the course of the pandemic, many consumers are evaluating what they need to buy and what they can borrow instead.
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German music festival to build one of the biggest mobile concert halls in Europe
Organisers of Germany’s Rheingau Musik Festival have come up with a creative way to bring music to festivalgoers whilst adhering to COVID-19 restrictions.
New digital platform acts as an “Airbnb” for would-be gardeners
AllotMe works by connecting people with green spaces they don’t use with budding gardeners, avoiding decades-long waiting lists for traditional allotments.