Refugees reforest desert, returning state park to its Indigenous roots, regenerative ocean farming
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In today’s edition of Squirrel News, we’re talking about how refugees in Cameroon have helped reforest their desert camp, California’s decision to rename a park to its original Yurok name, and how native Alaskans are finding food security by cultivating a traditional food source.
Refugees convert a desert camp into a flourishing forest in Cameroon
A reforestation project enabling refugees in Minawao to train seedlings to survive in the harsh environment has breathed new life into to more than 100 hectares of severely degraded land.
Yurok people see victory in decades-long effort to revive language
The renaming of California’s state park to the original Yurok name Sue-meg after nearly a century comes after the Indigenous language was nearly wiped out.
Source: The Guardian
Indigenous Alaskans obtain food security through sustainable ocean farming
In order to create economic opportunities and connect people to a traditional food source, Native Conservancy provides young Indigenous people with resources and training to start their own kelp farms.
Source: Yes! Magazine
Decriminalisation of Psilocybin in Denver sees positive outcome
Since decriminalisation took effect in May 2019, Denver has had zero reported hospital admissions for psilocybin-related emergencies, in addition to seeing a higher demand for psychedelic research.
Source: Filter Mag
London cab drivers assist scientists in brain disease research
In an experiment by Alzheimer’s Research UK, the city’s taxi drivers renowned for their navigational skills help scientists gather data that can be used in dementia diagnostics.
Source: Positive News
Finnish city of Lahti sets a paradigm for sustainable cities
From energy-efficient homes and schools to a unique groundwater system resulting in the world’s best drinking water, certified by UNESCO, the city has become a European success story.
Soccer stadium serves hot drinks in edible coffee cups
Made by Scotland-based BioBite, wafer “cups,” made of natural and vegan ingredients can withstand high temperatures and are a fully organic alternative to all disposable cups.
Source: Fast Company
California will soon require free menstrual products in public schools
As advocates push for nationwide affordable access to menstrual products, a bill will require California public schools and colleges to stock their restrooms with free pads and tampons.
Asos offers staff flexible work and paid leave during menopause
As one of several new measures being introduced by the clothing retailer, Asos will allow its employees flexible hours as well as leave at short notice when going through menopause.
Source: The Guardian
Ukrainian airline ditches gendered elements of a flight attendant’s look
The privately-owned Ukrainian Skyup Airlines has decided to do away with heels and pencil skirts in favour of loose suits and sneakers.
A mountaineering group aims to be the first all-Black team to climb Mount Everest
The Full Circle Everest team seeks to become the first all-Black squad to summit the world’s highest mountain, hoping to inspire more Black people to spend more time outdoors.