In today’s edition of Squirrel News, the Minnesota House passes a bill to give students free breakfast and lunch, a new plan to fight light pollution would require London skyscrapers to dim their lights, and we meet the Indian women protecting one of the world’s rarest storks.
Minnesota House greenlights ‘universal’ school meals bill
The Minnesota House has passed legislation that offers students free breakfast and lunch, regardless of household income. The proposal seeks to address food insecurity.
Source: CBS Minnesota
Tuition-free school in Nigeria serves children through agricultural yield
The Anam New City School funds its operations through crops and livestock. Half of the yield feeds students, the rest covers admin costs.
Source: Prime Progress
London skyscrapers to dim lights under new proposal
A proposal in London aims to save energy and combat light pollution by turning off or dimming building lights that are unnecessary outside of business hours.
Source: The Guardian
Amazon deforestation drops in first month under Lula’s watch
This development in the world’s largest rainforest gives hope that efforts to safeguard the key natural resource and combat climate change are yielding results.
Incentivising US cities: A proposed bill aims to combat police brutality
A new bill being proposed in Congress would incentivize US cities to remove police officers from routine traffic stops, a move aimed at reducing racial profiling and police brutality.
How Berlin start-ups revolutionise work culture
Unlimited vacation, no bosses, and the same salary for less work. These are some of the policies adopted by Berlin start-ups to prioritise workers’ well-being.
Electricity day and night: Solar power is changing isolated Amazon communities
A new solar power initiative is bringing electricity to isolated communities in the Amazon, providing 24-hour access to energy for the first time.
UK college introduces radical climate crisis course
Black Mountains College in Wales is pioneering a cutting-edge course aimed at providing students with the necessary skills to tackle the climate crisis.
Source: The Guardian
Eco-conscious homebuyers turn to ‘Earthships’
More and more homeowners are becoming conscious of the detrimental impact of conventional construction practises on the environment, and this has rekindled interest in off-grid communities.
Source: Reasons to be Cheerful
Mobilising Assam’s ‘hargila army’: how 10,000 women saved India’s rarest stork
Greater adjutants, reviled as bad omens, were endangered until Indian conservationist Purnima Devi Barman transformed attitudes to the bird – and gave thousands of women a new identity.