A solutions-focused recap of 2021 – Part 2
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To mark the end of 2021, we are excited to present you with a compilation of highlights from this year that were shared on Squirrel News. You can now browse through part 1.
Congo’s free primary education results in falling numbers of child miners
Since introducing free early-years education in 2019, the number of children enrolled in some school districts has risen by 75% – with many of these former child miners.
Mexico’s Supreme Court overturns ban on recreational marijuana use
The announcement means that Mexicans will soon be able to apply for permits to use marijuana recreationally, taking money out of the hands of cartels and opening up business opportunities.
New Zealand unveils unique plan to eliminate smoking
By annually raising the minimum age eligible to purchase tobacco, New Zealand aims to gradually wean itself of smoking.
New York Times
Fish stocks in 43 US states have rebuilt themselves over the last two decades
The science-driven approach monitors existing fish stocks whilst allocating percentages to fishers, who then in turn profit from an increase in the overall availability of fish.
Reasons To Be Cheerful
This nonprofit has introduced a $70,000 minimum wage for their staff
Choose 180, a nonprofit organisation based in Washington, increased all employee salaries to an annual minimum of $70,000.
Working fathers push for paid parental leave
From what was originally a non-starter, federal paid parental leave could soon become national policy, as more fathers are adopting it and advocating for it.
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.
Brazil’s alternative jails without guns and violence
Brazil’s APAC recovery centers focus on rehabilitation and understanding, instead of weapons and violence. An EU project hopes the idea will catch on around the world.
A mobile mental health service is helping to de-escalate emergencies in Montana
Missoula’s Mobile Support Team – a collaboration between the fire department and Partnership Health Center – began as a pilot programme in 2020, and is now a permanent crisis response fixture.
Mental health barbershop project is changing the way we look at therapy
Barbershops have long been safe spaces for people to share their struggles and receive support and advice. A new project is turning this trust into an impactful initiative.
The Denver Channel
A holistic approach to rehabilitate beggars in India
This organisation in Rajasthan is helping to reintegrate beggars into society through a four-month reconditioning scheme.
Vineyards in California substitute pesticides for owls
80% of Napa Valley wineries are now using birds of prey to catch rodents, reducing reliance on pesticides.
Connecting ranchers with land stewards might be the answer to less intense wildfires
Across drought-ridden regions in the Western US, a number of new programmes are encouraging goats, sheep, and cattle to eat the plants which might otherwise become fuel for wildfires.
One dog rescues 100 koalas from the Australian bush fires
A brave 6-year-old dog named Bear is honoured for saving more than 100 koalas by regognising their scent, during the Australian bush fires in 2019-20.
Good News Network
Human library helps people challenge prejudices
People can “rent” volunteers from various backgrounds for a frank thirty-minute conversation, in order to challenge beliefs and preconceptions – either in person or soon via an app.