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In today’s edition of Squirrel News, we’re talking about Kenya’s religious leaders taking a stand for LGBTQ rights, how Australia’s environment minister has to include climate change into her decision making, and Lyon becoming the first major French city to include gender equality into its budget.
Kenya’s religious leaders advocate for LGBTQ rights
In the country where homosexuality is still forbidden by law, PEMA Kenya brings together religious leaders and LGBTQ people to hear their stories of being marginalised.
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Australia’s minister must ensure youth health by protecting the environment by law
In a landmark ruling, minister Sussan Ley is now required to consider the wellbeing of young people when approving coal mine projects in Australia.
Lyon becomes first major French city to adopt gender sensitive budgets
Along with numerous other French cities, the city of over 500,000 people is the largest to foster equality through domestic violence prevention programmes, sports, and relevant infrastructure.
Driver owned cooperative to challenge Uber and Lyft in New York City
The Drivers Cooperative is comprised of 2,500 drivers who seek autonomy from the major players ensuring a fair deal for their colleagues and themselves.
The New York Times
U.S. prisons educate inmates on vaccines and involve them in the allocation process
In California and numerous other states, incarcerated persons can ask experts and are involved in the process of distributing vaccines, leading to a higher vaccination rate than the free folk.
The New York Times
UK theatres promise to only cast trans actors in trans roles
Trans casting statement signatories pledge to cast trans, non-binary and gender non-conforming performers.
Eco-friendly office to be built for German Bundestag
The mostly wooden building with a concrete core hopes to save 2,500 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions, with trees conserving an additional 2,500 tonnes are to be planted.
Mozambique city combats cyclones by fostering mangrove forests
Frequently ridden by cyclones, Beira has planted green spaces and mangroves in an area the size of 45 hectares to function as a “sponge” against flooding caused by extreme weather.
Donkeys to help re-establish rare wild flower in Devon
Animals will be used to tread in seeds of small-flowered catchfly at Donkey Sanctuary rewilding project.
Eco-sanctuary provides safe haven for endangered birds in New Zealand’s capital
In Zealandia, the community educates local children and protects 225 hectares worth of wildlife to ensure the sanctuary’s existence for another ambitious 500 years.