A city owned by locals, Dolce&Gabbana ditches fur, Venezuela’s Indigenous forest business
Photo: Alexandr Podvalny / Unsplash (CC0)
Today on Squirrel News, we’re discovering a new approach to housing development centered on communities, an Italian luxury brand embracing animal rights, and women-led sustainable forestry in Venezuela.
Empowering local communities in Indiana with a unique approach to housing
The citizens of South Bend are embracing “incremental development” to re-energize declining neighborhoods, putting the power in the hands of the people instead of in big real estate companies.
Reasons To Be Cheerful
Dolce & Gabbana ditches fur
The Italian luxury brand Dolce & Gabbana announced its decision to stop using fur in its collections from this year on in a joint statement with Humane Society International.
Belgian civil servants given legal right to disconnect from work
The law allows 65,000 federal workers to make themselves unavailable outside normal working hours.
The Brazilian female fishers taking charge of their communities during the pandemic
The women of a small fishing island off the coast of Brazil lead the efforts to keep the community protected from the virus and to adapt the local economy that was severely affected by the street market’s closure.
£300 stilt homes to help families affected by floods in Bangladesh
The bamboo homes are simple to construct and dismantle as needed in case of floods. Their designer, Marina Tabassum, is the first person from the global south to win the Soane Medal for architecture.
How the renewable energy market works and how you can “plug into” it
The electricity we consume can come from different sources every month and renewables bring their challenges like the need for storage of power. Understanding the energy market will help you make greener choices.
Are We Europe
Can we follow Houston’s lead in solving homelessness?
The city in Texas has cut homelessness by more than half in the last decade thanks to a mix of organization, concerted effort and pragmatism. It shows what needs to change in other cities that want to achieve such results.
Los Angeles Times
Venezuela’s first Indigenous forest business
Mainly led by women, the community has used their ancestral knowledge to restore and reforest the 7000 hectares of forest reserve they own, as well as develop a sustainable agroforestry business.
Putting food waste to good use
Technology can be the innovative key to tackling food waste, from providing more effective harvesting machines to helping produce biodegradable plastics from agricultural residue.
How adults benefit from playfulness
Having a playful attitude in life has been shown to improve the mental health of adults, but most people stop in childhood. How can we rediscover the joy of playing?