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In today’s edition of Squirrel News, we’re talking about an NGO in Atlanta securing affordable housing for those struggling with low incomes, the Blue Nature Alliance planning to preserve 18 million square kilometers of the ocean, and an initiative training incarcerated people to be chefs and waiters.
Atlanta NGO secures land and sells houses below market price to ensure equality
The non-profit organisation Atlanta Land Trust builds affordable houses that are offered to minorities who otherwise are confronted with high barriers to housing.
The New York Times
Blue Nature Alliance aims to protect ocean areas the size of South America
Comprised of local and indigenous communities, philanthropic organisations and governments, the initiative will establish marine protected areas throughout the world’s oceans.
Trained inmates serve haute cuisine to public in prison-based restaurants
Clink trains inmates to become chefs and waiters while also using its extensive network to help prisoners find a job after being released.
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‘Within minutes I was weeping’: the US pastor using scripture to mobilize climate action
Religious leaders, who know how to relate to communities on an emotional level, may be best positioned to convince people to support climate activism, experts say.
An end to cigarettes? New Zealand aims to create smoke-free generation
In order to achieve its goal of being smoke-free by 2025, the New Zealand government offered several proposals including forbidding the sale of cigarettes to those born after 2004.
Start-up companies develop zero emission processes to recycle batteries
The methods include using water, electricity and chemicals in order to move away from the emission-heavy ‘smelting’ which is used to recycle car batteries.
The Christian Science Monitor
Vegan restaurant goes zero-waste in Germany
The restaurant located in Berlin keeps its waste to a minimum by using sustainable composting methods and unique recipes designed to deal with excess food.
New “anti-lag” music device could ensure latency-free online rehearsals
Musicians have teamed up with Stockholm-based Elk O.S. in order to design a unique device, enabling musicians to rehearse together via Zoom.
Affordable bicycles help increase women’s mobility and income in Zambia
Zambian company ONNYX CONNECT provides a bicycle as well as a mobile phone, allowing women to reach the markets on time to sell fresher products increasing their income tenfold.
Early child education could help save fishing cats in India
The endangered Indian fishing cat is frequently found close to wetlands and human settlements. The initiative Children for Fishing Cats aims to provide early education to protect the elusive animal.