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In today’s edition of Squirrel News, we’re talking about Ethiopia’s plan to plant at least 6 billion trees during this year’s rainy season, a crowdfunding campaign making the French media more democratic, and a German city that has created a model to adapt itself to the needs of its older residents.
Ethiopia aims to plant 6 billion trees in 2021
The move is the third round of the Green Legacy Programme, which aims to plant over 20 billion trees by 2022.
Crowdfunding campaigns are fighting to democratise the French press
With only nine individuals owning over 90% of French media outlets, readers and employees are launching a fundraising initiative to limit the power and influence of major shareholders.
Source: ROAR News
German city launches a “Department of Future Aging” to become dementia-friendly
Arnsberg has become something of a prototype for age-friendly cities, allowing its older residents to thrive in an environment that understands and responds to their needs and desires.
Source: Reasons To Be Cheerful
Berlin student designs a wind-powered street lamp that reduces light pollution
Tobias Trübenbacher’s creation features an integrated wind turbine that produces its own renewable energy, and only lights up when it is actually needed.
People are using an ancient Arabic script to combat social media AI censors
The crafty method has been adopted in response to the restriction and removal of Palestinian content on Facebook and Instagram.
Google’s new AI tool helps identify skin conditions
Based on thousands of images uploaded by patients, the tool is able to spot skin, hair and nail conditions – and send an alert to users when it decides they should get something checked out by a doctor.
Source: BBC News
Amsterdam is to become the first city in the world to ban fossil fuel-based advertisements
Under the new rule, adverts promoting aviation companies or petrol cars will no longer be permitted.
A campaign to have mug shots removed from the internet is gaining traction in the US
A growing community of activists are fighting to have booking photos taken down – with images remaining available online and open to the public even after charges have been dropped.
Source: PEW Trusts
Community reusable cup scheme unites Hampshire village
The initiative is just one of several introduced – such as a nappy library and a local renewable energy project – after Overton parish council declared a climate emergency in 2019.
Source: The Guardian
Zimbabwe’s female comedians are disrupting the patriarchy
An increasing number of women are taking to the stage in Zimbabwe, using comedy as a tool to have uncomfortable conversations around their treatment and society’s expectations of them.
Source: The Conversation
New York greenlights a floating pool that will clean the East River
The + Pool uses an extensive network of filtration membranes, which not make water for the pool itself safe, but will also clean up to 600,000 gallons of river water every day.