New York protects delivery workers, China to stop coal plants abroad, Swiss vote for same-sex marriage
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In today’s edition of Squirrel News, we’re talking about how New York intends to legislate labor protection measures for food app delivery workers, China’s plans to desist from financing new coal projects globally, and how Switzerland sees a majority vote for same-sex marriage in a nationwide referendum.
New York to pass laws protecting delivery workers’ rights
The bill’s protection measures include minimum pay, transparency over how tips are calculated and limiting the distance travelled by a delivery worker.
Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation
China commits to stop financing global coal industries
Chinese President Xi Jinping announced scaling up support for developing countries in meeting green and low-carbon energy requirements and ceasing the financing of new coal-fired power projects abroad.
Majority votes for same-sex marriage in Switzerland
The ‘Marriage for All’ proposal was backed by 64.1% of voters in a nationwide referendum in the country.
Source: The Guardian
UK restaurants to be banned from keeping staff tips
Businesses will no longer be able to take share of service charges paid by card under new legislation.
Source: The Guardian
Sweden builds world’s largest algae factory to produce cattle feed
When fed to cows at a daily dose of just 100 grams, the feed, produced from a specific variety of seaweed, reduces the enteric methane emissions by up to 80 percent.
Formalised mining benefits environment and small-scale miners in Colombia
Swiss and U.S. groups have implemented projects in Colombia that aim to use formalization to improve the incomes of small-scale miners while protecting the environment.
Cooperative channelises informal waste pickers into waste management in India
The country’s first and largest waste-picker cooperative has inspired community-wide recycling while streamlining a haphazard, multiethnic workforce.
Source: Stanford Social Innovation Review
The technology that facilitates whistleblowing
GlobaLeaks, a suite of digital online tools, provides flexible and secure gateways for journalists, individuals and NGOs to enable whistleblowing.
An in-school grocery store provides free food for students’ families
With the aim of addressing food insecurity, an entrepreneur has teamed with rap star Gunna to open a free grocery store inside the premises of a school.
Food Forest Initiative in Rwanda helps feed hospital patients
While it has provided some 16,200 meals to hospital patients since its launch in 2020, this collaborative food gardening project also employs staff who are taught sustainable farming techniques and given a steady paycheck.