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In today’s edition of Squirrel News, we’re talking about the implementation of new international rules designed to protect people and the planet against hazardous chemicals, a project in Liberia transforming the lives of former child soldiers through rehabilitation, and two new malaria vaccines offering hope in the fight against the disease
UN adopts new global rules to protect the planet from toxic chemicals
The directives include combatting the illicit trafficking of chemicals and waste, establishing national legislation, and the gradual elimination of highly toxic pesticides in agricultural practices by the year 2035 – aiming to protect both people and the planet.
Source: Deutsche Welle
Transforming the lives of former child soldiers in Liberia through rehabilitation
As the echoes of conflict in Liberia subside, a question emerges: what becomes of child soldiers when war comes to an end? An initiative led by a former teen soldier is making a big impact by providing cognitive behavioural therapy and financial support to rehabilitate and reintegrate former street criminals.
Source: Positive News
Two groundbreaking vaccines offer hope in the fight against malaria
The first vaccine, named RTS,S, was unveiled nearly two years ago. The second, recommended by the WHO this week, goes by the name R21/Matrix-M, is specially tailored to shield children aged 5-36 months, who face the highest risk from this debilitating disease.
Chicago shifts to restorative justice and reduced numbers of school police
Maria Paula Degillo, a youth organiser and activist, has helped the city shift its focus from condemning high suspension and expulsion rates among students of colour to fostering secure school environments marked by a more compassionate approach to discipline and a reduction in over-policing.
England implements ban on single-use plastic cutlery and other items
Retailers and hospitality establishments will no longer be permitted to provide plastic cutlery, balloon sticks, and polystyrene cups, in a significant effort to combat litter and safeguard the environment from plastic pollution.
Source: BBC News
Texas shrimper fights pollution by taking on corporate industrial giants
In a historic legal triumph, a federal judge awarded Diane Wilson and her coalition an unprecedented $50 million settlement, marking the most substantial victory ever recorded by an individual citizen against industrial polluters under the Clean Water Act.
Source: Reasons To Be Cheerful
Changing lives in Chicago by helping migrants secure permanent housing
Since commencing operations in May 2023, New Life Centers has been working with city officials and Illinois Department of Human Services to successfully relocate over 800 households, transitioning them from city-run shelters to stable, long-term homes.
Source: CBS News Chicago
Music classes offer Haitian children respite from hunger and gang violence
In the heart of Port-au-Prince, an after-school music programme serves as a sanctuary for children who often find themselves confined indoors due to surging violence that includes gangs recruiting kids as young as eight years old.
Source: AP News
A floral Instagram trend is redefining the social media perception of Black men
Nelson ZêPequéno, founder of @blackmenwithgardens, hopes to offer a contrast to the prevailing narrative, where Black men all too frequently appear on social media as memorials or tributes following violent and avoidable encounters with law enforcement.
Source: Good Good Good
Redonda’s evolution from barren rock to flourishing wildlife sanctuary
In a big win for the eco-restoration movement, a Caribbean island has transformed from a desolate rocky landscape into a lush and thriving haven for wildlife in just a matter of years – igniting the enthusiasm of conservationists worldwide.
Source: BBC News