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In today’s edition of Squirrel News, we’re talking about how Lebanese influencers use their outreach to mitigate conflicts, a socially inclusive city providing a bio-chemical study programme for the blind, and how women in West Africa are promoting ecological farming whilst standing up for their own rights.
Lebanese influencers join forces to fight hate speech and de-escalate
20 social media influencers from different backgrounds use their outreach to overcome political tensions as well as sectarian differences amongst their followers, on- and offline.
German “city for the blind” offers inclusive study programme
Marburg, renowned for its inclusive social structure, has set up an academic bio-chemistry major for those who are visually impaired using visual and audio assistance.
The activist working to revolutionise west African farming
Mariama Sonko is an unstoppable force who continued her work even when she was ostracised by her community in Senegal. Now she inspires women to promote sustainable agroecology.
Worker-owned businesses aim to improve employee rights in US
As many employees lost their jobs during the pandemic, worker cooperatives are on the rise using non-hierarchical ownership, providing higher minimum wages as well as paying out dividends to their members.
Street vendors worker cooperative buys building for shared kitchen in Chicago
The members of Cocina Compartida de Trabajadores Cooperativistas (CCTC) successfully jointly received the funding based on their cash flow instead of the value of the building.
First “Right to Return” housing project to be built in Austin
The law mandates that people in gentrified communities have a right to affordable housing. Now a new development is being built, involving the community in the process.
Bushfires cause rapid growth of carbon-capturing algae in Australia
As a surprising result of the destructive bush fires, the ashes landing in the ocean have caused a petite algae to blossom, offsetting vast carbon emissions.
Rise in number of sea otters could help reduce carbon emissions
The otters’ appetite for sea urchins protects kelp forests and algae from herbivores, significantly increasing the number of plants with carbon storing abilities.
Female collective organises emergency transport scheme for expectant mothers
In order to reduce the exorbitant number of childbirth deaths in their communities, 440 Nigerian mothers pay in to a fund to ensure safe travel towards the nearest hospital. Inspired by the initiative the local governor is following suit.
English Heritage trials quiet ‘contemplation hour’ at monastic sites
Visitors to places such as Rievaulx Abbey will be encouraged to focus on appreciating the peace and tranquillity.
Kashmiri athlete overcomes obstacles to teach young female football players
In the conservative Muslim-majority region in northern India, Nadiya Nighat pursued a football career of her own and is now teaching young women how to overcome stigmata.