FGM criminalisation in Sudan, LED lights save fish trapped in nets, end of coal power in Sweden and Austria
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In today’s edition of squirrel news, we’re talking about the criminalisation of female genital mutilation in Sudan, the use of LED lights to save fish trapped in nets, and the closure of Sweden and Austria’s last coal power plants.
Sudan has officially criminalised female genital mutilation
The practice is now punishable by three years in prison, and is a huge win for activists who have campaigned for years against the procedure.
Source: BBC News
Using LED lights to mark escape routes halves the number of unwanted fish in nets
A study has shown that by illuminating larger exit points in nets allows non-target species to escape, protecting their populations as well as fishermen’s livelihoods.
Source: The Guardian
Sweden and Austria have closed their last coal power plants
The two countries follow the behaviour of Belgium, with all three countries making a commitment to pursue cleaner and more sustainable energy sources.
Uber is offering free rides for people fleeing domestic violence during the coronavirus pandemic
With cases of domestic violence on the rise, the company are offering their services free of charge to those looking to escape dangerous and abusive situations.
Source: Global Citizen
A Nigerian conservationist is leading a successful campaign to protect her local woodland from forest fires
Iroro Tanshi’s work has ensured no fires have occured in the region for over three years.
A social enterprise in Manchester has saved over a million airline meals to feed disadvantaged families
The food was set to go to waste as a result of a sharp decrease in the number of commercial flights, but Open Kitchen Manchester will be distributing the food to vulnerable people.
Students across generations are taking part in online crash courses on movement building
By educating themselves on activism, people from all corners of society are making sure they are aware of their democratic and social rights.
Source: Yes Magazine
France will pay 50 euros per person for bicycle repairs to encourage post-lockdown cycling
With an unprecedented drop in traffic pollution as a result of lockdown measures, the French government are hoping the initiative will help keep cars off city roads.
Man-made meat has been grown in outer space for the first time
The culinary breakthrough will help to diversify astronaut diets, whilst being an eco-friendly alternative to traditional farmed meat products.
Strip clubs are offering a drive-thru experience in order to protect their staff
The measures ensure social distancing regulations are adhered to, whilst protecting the jobs of dancers, bar staff, chefs, and DJs during the coronavirus pandemic.