In today’s edition of Squirrel News, we take a look at a cross-border initiative to build a park instead of a wall between Texas and Mexico, the pioneering Welsh Commissioner defending future generations’ interests, and an ancient community-centered welfare system now being embraced again in Tunisia.
Community park to be build on border between Texas and Mexico
The “sister cities” Laredo and Nuevo Laredo have officially kickstarted the project to build a park between them. The park, which will be 10 kms long, will include recreational areas as well as an ecological restoration area.
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Wales’ Future Generations Commissioner advocates for future citizens’ wellbeing
Since 2016, Sophie Howe has changed the government’s course on transport policy, education reform, gender and racial equality, and climate change to defend the interests of future generations. Scotland and the UN are following Wales’ lead.
Reasons to Be Cheerful
Huge double-sided solar farm opens in Greece
Financed by Hellenic Petroleum, the solar park located in the north of the country has a capacitiy of 204 megawatt, enough to supply 75.000 households.
IPCC report outlines how to make sustainable cities and buildings
The latest IPCC report also provides clear guidelines on sustainable, efficient building design and city planning to make urban centers more livable and safe.
School creates shelter for students’ families experiencing homeless
Faced with the persistent problem of homelessness among local families, this public school in San Francisco started converting its gym every night into a shelter. This temporary solution gives the kids a safe space to rest and continue going to school.
The Hechinger Report
‘This is a crazy, unjust attack’: Pink Floyd re-form to support Ukraine
Disgusted by the Russian invasion, David Gilmour speaks about the band’s first brand new song in 28 years, which samples a Ukrainian musician now on the front line.
Kenyan startup pioneering hydroponic wastewater treatment system
In a country where sanitation and access to clean water are serious challenges, Omiflo has developed a self-sustaining wastewater cleaning system centered on plants. The clean water can then be used for such things as watering fields and flushing toilets.
The revival of Tunisia’s traditional system of charitable trusts
Under the centuries-old social safety net “waqf” system, citizens donated a portion of their earnings or estate to local trusts run by authorities, providing services to the community. Amidst economic turmoil, Tunisian activists are embracing the practice anew.
Christian Science Monitor
Sheep are bringing life again to the Navajo society
The churro sheep, a resistant breed first brought to America by Spanish colonists, became the heart of the Diné’s (how the Navajo refer to themselves) self-sufficient economy. After twice being near extinction, the sheep are now bouncing back.
Christian Science Monitor
Bonobos torn from the wild make their return, with a helping hand
After releasing a group of bonobos back into the wild for the first time in 2009, an NGO in the Democratic Republic of Congo has returned another 14 animals. Friends of Bonobos plans to seek National Park status for the forest to make sure the groups are protected.