World’s “best new building”, UK’s first ever student-written bill, US colleges ban caste discrimination
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Today on Squirrel News, we take a look at the “world’s best new building” in Bangladesh, the UK’s first ever student-written bill to thread climate change through the entire curriculum, and the growing movement against caste discrimination among US colleges and universities.
Rainwater-harvesting hospital named world’s ‘best new building’
The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) named a small health facility in Bangladesh the world’s best new building. The rural Friendship Hospital takes pride for its climate-conscious concept.
UK’s first ever student-written Climate Education Bill in the works
“Their voices can’t be ignored any longer”: Supporters are hoping a proposed measure on climate education across the UK will get through. The bill aims to address “eco anxiety” among young people, help students prepare for green jobs, among others.
The Big Issue
‘A civil rights victory’: US colleges, universities push for caste discrimination ban
Despite a pushback against the resolution last year, California State University has introduced a tweak to its non-discrimination policy. It added a new category to prohibit caste-based harassment.
California redwood forest returned to indigenous tribes
More than 500 acres of redwood forestland has been returned to its original inhabitants.10 sovereign tribes are now on a mission to “protect and heal” the land.
The New York Times
Cuba increases marine protected coverage to preserve mangroves, coral reefs
A whopping 728 square kilometers have been added to Cuba’s marine protected area. The move will provide protection for a number of species including the critically endangered hawksbill turtles.
Japan moves to promote technology for renewables
As Japan aims to double its wind and solar generation capacity by 2030,
the country wants to require power utilities to open up their grids to energy storage from other companies. This makes the adoption of renewable energy easier.
Scientists in Switzerland turn banana peel into hydrogen
A team of scientists in Switzerland found a way to make good use of banana peels. It converted the biomass into hydrogen within a few milliseconds.
Study: Ethiopian staple could feed over 100 million people amid climate change
Enset, a banana-like crop, could be a key to boost food security as climate change rages on. Scientists saw its potential after studying the wondercrop’s possible range for the next four decades.
Immigrant, refugee women take helm of fashion industry
A Chicago cooperative is leading the way in dismantling exploitative labor practices in the fashion industry. Blue Tin is launching a space engaging in purely sustainable manufacturing.
Reasons to be Cheerful
Young people in Costa Rica dive to protect their seas
A diving centre created by a non-profit organization is plunging into sea protection as it engages youth in conservation work like reef monitoring and seabed cleaning.