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Please paste your introduction here – In today’s issue of Squirrel News, we’re talking about the rise of community internet in Africa to bridge the digital divide, five new laws in California fighting the plastic crisis, and several models to solve problems and conflicts without classical police officers.
The rise of Africa’s community internet
In many parts of Africa, only a minority have online access. Now, people in villages and townships are building their own internet infrastructure.
Thomson Reuters Foundation
California passes five big laws to fight plastic crisis
In an attempt to reduce plastic waste and move towards a circular economy, California just passed five “mega laws” which demand truth in labeling, transparency in recycling processes, and the reduction of single-use plastic.
How Vermont is winning the vaccination race
Vermont has the highest rate of complete COVID-19 vaccinations among U.S. states – not least because it makes getting the jab so convenient.
The number of tobacco smokers worldwide is falling
In recent years, the number of smokers worldwide has steadily declined. However, the WHO says more must be done to help them quit.
Policing without officers
A new patrol in Albuquerque, New Mexico, responds to low-level nonviolent 911 calls and carries water bottles and Chewy bars instead of guns. The teams of behavioral health specialists are part of an experiment to change public safety.
The Christian Science Monitor
How out-of-the-box mentorship programs can reduce gun violence
Richmond’s Operation Peacemaker Fellowship pairs former gang members as mentors with young people at risk of violence, paying the youth a stipend if they meet particular goals toward a more stable and safe life.
Lessons from a ‘violence interrupter’
As gun violence continues to ravage in Chicago, officials are looking for new answers. According to experts, the violence interrupter model is a promising approach.
“Why I’ll leave prison ready for a green-collar career”
Ryan M. Moser is a recovering addict serving eight years in the Florida DOC for property crimes. In his story, he describes how he and some of his fellow inmates are training each other for well-paying jobs in sustainable industries.
Reasons to be Cheerful
Re-flooding coastal wetlands could use sea level rise to fight climate change
An ongoing study of a coastal marsh in Scotland has shown the potential to lock carbon emissions into mud. The procedure is actually quite simple.
The 17-year-old making films accessible to deaf children
Many movie platforms offer closed captions for the hearing impaired, but for children they often go too fast. 17-year old Mariella resolved the issue by developing an app that dubbs kids movies in sign language.