Growing tiny forest movement, free school meals in California, LatAm’s first non-binary ID cards
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In today’s edition of Squirrel News, we’re talking about a tiny forest movement taking root in Europe, California’s decision to provide free school meals to all students regardless of their financial background, and the first non-binary ID cards in Latin America.
A tiny forest movement is breathing fresh air into urban environments
A movement to plant small, dense ecosystems is gaining traction across Europe, with advocates saying that they improve air quality, local biodiversity, and even our own wellbeing.
Source: Deutsche Welle
California will offer free meals to all public school students in US first
The state has become the first in the nation to make free school meals permanent, regardless of the student’s family income.
Argentina rolls out non-binary ID cards in Latin American first
Non-binary citizens – who neither identify as male nor female – will now be allowed to use “x” in the gender field on national ID documents and passports.
Source: Thomson Reuters News Foundation
Basel becomes the first city to make green spaces mandatory on new buildings
The Swiss region aims to tackle climate change through a network of green roofs, becoming the first city in the world to make this a legal requirement for new developments.
Dutch city of Utrecht announces plan for every home to have a playground nearby
The ambitious plan will ensure that play areas are no more than 650 feet (198 metres) apart, giving all children access to safe and fun spaces.
New York looks to close the digital divide with free solar-powered wi-fi
With many taking reliable internet access for granted, a new project aims to help communities with unstable connections get online.
The Chief Purpose Officer is the C-suite job of the future
With many companies looking to find solutions to systemic racism and social problems, more and more firms are turning to a purpose-focused executive to lead their efforts.
Kenyans are turning problematic invasive plants into useful bioenergy sources
A programme has been launched to turn the pesky water hyacinth into biogas, which is then offered to low-income households as a biofuel for cooking.
The Playwright Zone aims to ease the transition from lockdown to normal life
The creator of Jouska Productions, John Becker, has announced this latest project which hopes to make the post-pandemic survival of theatres more sustainable.
Source: DC Metro Theater Arts
Project Safe Flight is saving New York City’s birds
The initiative identifies and rectifies problematic areas, making urban areas safer for migrating and local species whilst also rescuing and rehabilitating injured birds.