In today’s edition, the Spanish government helps companies reduce working hours whilst increasing productivity, Denver uses e-bike vouchers to make streets greener and grandmas around the world help improve lives.
Spanish trial run reduces working hours to see how it boosts productivity
The pilot project in Spain aims to find a way to reduce the hours worked in small and medium-sized industrial companiess without cutting salaries, and whilst boosting productivity.
Vouchers for e-bikes successfully bring thousands out from their cars
Denver has successfully used an e-bike voucher scheme to get more people out of their cars and onto greener modes of transport. It could be a national model.
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Indian microfinance providing women with dignified borrowing options
Microfinance institutions in India are providing low-cost loans to women in remote areas that typically only have access to loan sharks. The women are using the money to break the poverty cycle and start their own businesses.
Canadian single-use plastics ban begins
A step forward in the path to sustainability, Canada’s ban on single-use plastics will start this week.
Tokyo rules new houses to have solar panels fitted from fiscal year 2025
Tokyo’s government has announced it will introduce a scheme requiring new houses built from the 2025 fiscal year onwards to be fitted with solar panels.
Deconstructing the US’s largest jail system
Activists in Los Angeles County have been focusing on dismantling the biggest violent jail systems in the country to replace them with mental health facilities and reallocate funding towards social services.
Schools looking to solve student absences, without suspensions
Arizona schools are tackling a rising lack of attendance after the pandemic by helping address the problems keeping students from school instead of immediately suspending them for absences.
Using bubbles to clean up rivers, criminalising torture, and more
The Christian Science Monitor collected five stories of progress around the globe. Among them are an organisation using bubbles to catch rubbish in rivers, homelessness initiatives succeeding in dropping rates of homeless veterans, and more.
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Communication lifelines for activists detained and isolated
Through a collection of letters and postcards, this activist has kept her passion for her campaign alive even during her imprisonment of 77 days.
Grannies solving the world’s problems
These programmes from all over the globe are using the power of grandmas to solve societal problems.