German Catholics bless LGBT couples, UK strengthens animal rights, $12 billion for California’s homeless
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In today’s edition of Squirrel News, we’re talking about German Catholic priests blessing same sex couples against the rules of the Catholic church, the UK banning harmful animal practices, and California’s governor going all-in to provide shelter for the states homeless people.
Catholic priests in Germany bless LGBT couples, defying Vatican law
100 German Catholic priests recognise homosexual couples by offering blessings in a landmark move contradicting Vatican as well as German Church rules.
UK bans shark fins, hunting trophies, and most live animal exports
In a move to strengthen animal rights, the UK government has decided to ban harmful practices whilst following EU ruling in recognising animals as sentient beings.
California commits $12 billion to tackle homelessness
Governor Gavin Newsom has committed to tackling one of the states most difficult problems by investing at least $7 billion in temporary housing, with the rest going into long term solutions.
Charity fast-tracks refugee nurses into UK health care system
Refuaid develops language and on the ground courses for qualified refugees, also using their network in order to help them find a job in the NHS system.
Mobile dental clinic provides medical care to low income families in US
Veronika Vazquez started Drop-in-Medical to care for those with little access to affordable dental services, free of charge.
In the last 20 years regrown forests reached the size of France
Although worldwide deforestation is vast, these woodlands are steadily spreading since the year 2000 with little human intervention.
West Virginia’s collaborative helps reintegrate former prisoners into society
Job and Hope brings together community service organisations, churches and agencies to provide the formerly incarcerated with clothing, jobs and shelter.
Community policing initiative reduces gun violence in US
Camden and Newark have managed to reduce violent crimes and homicides whilst increasing murder solving rates by introducing their police officers to the public they protect.
The Philadelphia Citizen
Black churches encourage vaccinations in California
In order to address misinformation and mitigate racial disparities on the vaccination processes, Black churches help inform their congregation.
Collaboratively designed computer game to address future challenges
The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center brought together scientists, economists and writers to enthrall younger generations to digitally save the world until 2100.
Thompson Reuters Foundation News
40,000 sq metres of Indonesia’s coral reefs restored in joint effort
The conservation organisation The Nature Conservancy brought together local groups and the company Sheba to restore 185,000 sq meters by 2029 using hexagonal reef stars stimulating coral recovery.