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In today’s edition of Squirrel News, we’re celebrating an initiative taking incarcerated individuals from rehabilitation to retail in the UK, fashion sustainability taking centre stage in France, and unhoused athletes showcasing resilience and creating new opportunities at the Homeless World Cup.
UK retailer recruits new employees almost exclusively from prisons
Timpson, the service retailer, supports incarcerated individuals by offering employment opportunities to ex-offenders and those currently serving time, fostering a path to redemption and reintegration into society.
Source: Reasons To Be Cheerful
EU lawmakers approve nature restoration bill
After weeks of intense negotiations, the plan survived in the vote at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, aiming to boost environmental protection and mitigate the effects of climate change.
Source: Deutsche Welle
France introduces incentives for clothing repair and reuse
The new programme is designed to encourage consumers to mend and repurpose their clothing and worn-out shoes, encouraging a shift away from a throwaway culture towards a more eco-conscious and resourceful approach to fashion.
Source: BBC News
Fossil fuel power plant workers to be retrained for offshore wind operations
In a US first, the workers will undergo comprehensive retraining, transitioning from fossil fuel power plant operations to becoming skilled operators of offshore wind equipment.
Renewable energy sector on track to hit net-zero targets by 2030
New research published by RMI suggests that an exponential surge in renewable energy deployment is outpacing predictions, surpassing even the International Energy Agency’s boldest net-zero projections for 2030.
Source: Good Good Good
Wales launches campaign to help tackle misogyny and violence against women
The campaign aims to put onus on men to stop violence against women as figures suggest most already feel the country is a safe place for women.
Source: The Guardian
Gun control organisation uses white privilege to demand ban on weapons
The inclusive movement spearheaded by women of colour aims to bridge divides and create meaningful change by demanding a ban on guns, using the collective strength of diverse voices united in the pursuit of a safer and more equitable society.
Source: Yes! Magazine
South African designers lead the upcycling movement
With a commitment to breathe new life into Western fashion waste, these innovative artists are redefining the concept of sustainability.
Agroecology schools restore degraded land in Guatemala
Through the establishment of agroecology schools, these communities are reclaiming ancestral practices, fostering education on agroecology, and empowering themselves to build vibrant local economies.
Unhoused players shine at the Homeless World Cup
The competition nurtures confidence and empowerment, offering participants a pathway to transform their lives, helping players find housing, job opportunities, and a renewed sense of hope.
Source: Reasons To Be Cheerful