Latvian “Elves” fight Russian disinformation, tribeswomen protect forest with bows and arrows
Photo: National Library of Latvia. Photo: Nikolaus Bader / Pixabay (CC0)
In today’s edition of Squirrel News, a Latvian group of volunteers fight Russian disinformation across Europe, Indian tribeswomen protect a forest against illegal tree cutters, and a Brazilian town comes together to save its reef.
Latvian volunteer group ‘The Elves’ fighting disinformation in Europe
After the 2014 annexation of Crimea, a group of volunteers calling themselves ‘The Elves’ has been pushing back against disinformation in Europe.
Tribe from Jharkhand take on the role of guardians of a 250-acre forest
Lead by Kandoni Soren from Jharkhand, 40 tribeswomen gather every morning to protect a forest, armed with bows and arrows.
The Better India
U.S. approves transactions for NGOs in Russia-Ukraine conflict
The U.S. has approved transactions for certain uses in projects by NGOs operating under sanctions in Russia and Ukraine.
Zimbabweans abroad switch to food delivery apps to help families at home
As food prices soar, Zimbabwe’s diaspora are opting for delivery services rather than money transfers to help hard-hit relatives.
Research in Haiti suggests localised aid is more trusted by the communities they help
New research conducted in Haitian crisis-affected communities indicates that localised aid groups may be more effective than international counterparts.
The New Humanitarian
IPCC Report on ‘sponge cities’ in combating floods
An AI-based study that looks at a city’s trees and lakes versus its concrete has provided a report on how they can better prepare for climate shocks.
Cap-and-trade initiative helps residents invest in their communities
A programme in California aims to reduce carbon emissions and finds itself also reducing displacement along the way, through community investment.
The new wave of female film-makers confronting Mexico’s violence against women
After years of on-screen successes led by the likes of Guillermo del Toro and Alfonso Cuarón, female directors are making their mark with urgent, disquieting cinema.
Large-scale cleanup in Rio de Janiero underway again
As waste builds in the toxic river waters, a major cleanup operation has been organised once again for Rio de Janeiro.
Brazilian town learns to look after its reef in order to better look after itself
The Brazilian town Porto da Galinhas has come together to better look after its reef in order to help revitalise the town itself.