In today’s edition of Squirrel News, we take a look at Thailand as the first Asian country to legalise marijuana, classes for social-emotional learning in US schools and how music can help people with dementia.
Thailand legalises marijuana for medical use
Thailand is the first state in Asia to decriminalise marijuana. It is now legal to cultivate and possess the substance.
Michigan schools are adopting classes for social-emotional learning
Over 600 schools in Michigan have adopted a mental health curriculum, known as TRAILS, which focuses on social-emotional learning. New classes will help students feel connected and help each other to cope with emotional crises.
New York state enacts policies that restrict gun laws
The new bill will no longer allow civilians to buy semi-automatic rifles under the age of 21. It will also restrict purchasing bullet-resistant vests.
US National park lands will be free from single-use plastic by 2032
The Department of the Interior is going to ban all single-use plastic across the hundreds of millions of acres of public lands in the US.
EU reaches agreement in Brussels on minimum-wage law
The new agreement provides a platform for the implementation of living wage requirements across the EU, specific to each member state.
California lawmakers decide to protect bees as endangered specie
The State Supreme Court announced that insects are at risk of extinction and will be granted interim protection by the California Endangered Species Act (CESA).
In Gaza people can finally enjoy clean beaches, for the first time in years
Untreated sewage has polluted the waters of Gaza for many years, causing environmental disaster. This season internationally-funded sewage treating facilities reduced pollution to its lowest rates, making the area clean and safe again.
RoboCoop is inspiring the next generation of innovators through mountains of fun
A new European project, RoboCoop, is channeling the next generation of innovators in tech through a platform of fun to inspire them.
Two friends have helped to rebuild over 62,000 homes and 650 schools in India
The founders of SEEDS have helped people across India to rebuild their homes since 1994. This experience inspired Manu Gupta and Anshu Sharma to create mental support groups for those who lost everything.
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Music turned out to be a medicine for the mind
Making and listening to music helps to treat dementia. Studies show that music deeply resonates to our emotions as our feelings are attached to certain sounds.
Loneliness is now considered a public health issue. Is there a cure? Chuck McCarthy may have invented one by chance, when he started a service that connected people who didn’t know each other before to take a walk together. In our new podcast episode, we’re talking to him about the surprising outcome of scheduled conversations with strangers.