In today’s edition of Squirrel News, two brothers plan to reforest one billion trees in Canada using drones, a new project adds eco landscapes to LA neighborhoods to cope with drought and floods, and US states open college savings accounts for babies.
Drones plant trees after wildfires in Canada
After wildfires, drones can help reforest in places too dangerous for humans. Cameron and Bryce Jones, leaders of Flash Forest, hope to plant one billion trees by 2028 using drone technology.
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Architecture project harvests rain, breeds rare fish in urban LA
In spite of the California megadrought, the Median Stormwater Capture Project transforms neighbourhoods in east Los Angeles through new eco landscapes and architecture.
Australia to make area the size of Germany a marine park
Between Tasmania and Antarctica, the Macquarie Island protection zone is a refuge for penguins, seals and seabirds.
Student designs course, nonprofit to focus on climate solutions
Done feeling hopeless over climate change, Sage Lenier designed the Solutions for a Sustainable and Just Future course, with more than 1,800 people having taken it. Recently, she transformed the class into a environmental education nonprofit, hoping to reach even more people.
Some US states start college savings accounts for children
Across the US, states are helping disadvantaged parents by eliminating one of the biggest barriers to creating a college saving account: signing up for one. For example, California has been depositing $100 for every baby born in the state since July.
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Voting rights of 50,000 formerly incarcerated people to be restored
Under a bill that’s slated to become law next week in Minnesota, the state will automatically grant voting rights to felons after incarceration ends.
California becomes first state to expand Medicaid coverage to all immigrants
California expanded Medi-Cal to include all adults, regardless of immigration status. Next year, full coverage will become available, with 700,000 additional noncitizens expected to enroll.
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Indigenous owned-businesses trailblaze in Ontario
Of nearly 600,000 Indigenous-owned businesses in Canada, Ontario entrepreneurs like CEO Benjamin Feagin Jr. of the vertical farming company AgriTech North are breaking down barriers.
Chefs, entrepreneurs revive plant-based, vegan elements in African cuisine
From cooking shows and cookbooks to vegan restaurants and Instagram accounts, cooks are transforming attitudes toward veganism.
NYC bakery helps people with ‘open door hiring policy’
After baking helped her own recovery from drug addiction, Janie Deegan’s Life-Changing Baked Goods hires people as they are, regardless if they have been homeless or incarcerated, as long as they have the willingness to learn.