Koala backyard sanctuaries, LA’s free mental health centre, reimagining Atlanta’s jail
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In today’s edition of Squirrel News, we are looking at Australia’s efforts to make backyards koala friendly, a peer resource centre that makes mental health affordable in LA, and the unlikely joint effort to reimagine Atlanta’s jail.
Australians are transforming backyards into koala sanctuaries
Taking matters into their own hands, Australians have embarked on replanting trees that koalas depend on in their backyards. The move not only benefits koalas, but simultaneously tackles climate change.
Source: Global Citizen
This peer resource centre is making mental health more accessible in LA
Located in L.A county, the ‘Hacienda of Hope’ requires neither a diagnosis nor insurance from those seeking help.
Cops and community organisers are rethinking Atlanta’s jail
The peculiar collaboration raises the possibility of reshaping a place of imprisonment into an equity center.
Source: We Are Not Divided
110 companies in Thailand have promised to make workplaces more equitable for women
Established by the UN, 110 companies pledged to a new set of women’s economic empowerment principles in Thailand.
Source: Global Citizen
New super-enzyme eats plastic bottles six times faster than ever
The breakthrough that builds on plastic-eating bugs first discovered by Japan in 2016 promises to enable full recycling.
England’s plastic straw ban is now in action
Aside from single use plastic straws, the prohibitions also include stirrers and cotton buds.
This Israeli football player is the first to join the Arab league
Born to an Arab-Israeli family, Diaa Saba recently signed a two year contract with Dubai’s Al-Nasr SC football club.
Source: Middle East Monitor
A look at how Hong Kong is modernising love hotels
With more than 90 branches across the heavily populated city, the hotels offer affordable privacy which is otherwise hard to come by in Hong Kong.
The role of Acacia trees in combating desertification in the Sahara
A pan-African challenge organised by the African union is looking to create a new forest across the entire continent.
Native American women’s contribution to museum’s portrayal of indigenous cultures
An exhibition in Chicago is highlighting a line from past to present through understanding women’s roles in indigenous communities.
Source: The Christian Science Monitor
Nüshu: the women-only language resurfacing in China
In the past, the language provided a means for women to communicate and cope with both domestic and social challenges.