In today’s edition of Squirrel News, we’re talking about how Tamil Nadu’s women are replenishing groundwater in their villages, Seville turning surplus oranges into green electricity, and a tiny house village helping homeless people find shelter and a trusted community in Oregon.
Women are reviving wetlands and replenishing groundwater in Tamil Nadu
The project attempts to replenish groundwater levels in Vellore, with the initiative aiming to revitalise wells and rivers whilst boosting local income.
Seville turns excess oranges into energy for water purifying plant
The Spanish city known for its orange trees will no longer throw out surplus fruits, but repurpose them via fermentation to create clean energy for water purifying plants.
Tiny house villages helps build trust for Oregon’s homeless people
In Agape Village, homeless people not only find a free place to live, but a community built on mutual support.
Reasons to be Cheerful
Illinois is the first US state to eliminate cash bail
Continuing on its path of criminal justice reform, Illinois has abolished bail payments for people awaiting judicial hearings.
France to provide free period products for students
After Scotland and New Zealand, France is the third country to tackle period poverty by installing free-of-charge menstrual product dispensers in schools and hostels.
Sustainable video platform plants trees to compensate for carbon usage
A collaboration between video conferencing app Whereby and environmental start-up Brynk hopes to plant one million trees across several African countries.
Social media app sidelines online harassment
In an attempt to cope with frequent online harassment, software engineer Tracy Chou created Block Party, an App to filter messages to manage online abuse.
Hearing devices in forests target poachers and illegal logging in Central America
International NGO Panthera uses acoustic field recorders to identify potential illegal activity, supporting their patrols in Guatemala and Honduras.
Spanish enclave tears down last statue of dictator General Franco
The people of Melilla have removed the last monument of the fascist dictator who ruled over Spain for 36 years.
1,035 acres transformed into wetland in Australia’s Walker Swamp
As part of an extensive restoration project, ecologists revitalised the wetlands that had been drained for farmland for more than 150 years.