A 911 for mental health, wildlife revival in Wellington, ‘republic of good neighbours’

Today in Squirrel News, the U.S. gets a national emergency phone line for mental health crisis, Wellington residents are in for a treat as wildlife returns, and a social experiment in Paris looks to reclaim the streets.

U.S. launches 988 mental health hotline

The UN has been urging states to improve their health systems, saying there are nearly a billion people with mental conditions worldwide. Now the United States is heeding the call by introducing a support network patterned after 911.

Source: Bloomberg

Wildlife sightings boost conservation efforts in NZ capital

The world’s first fully-fenced urban ecosanctuary is seeing huge success as native bird species, orca and whales make a comeback. Its goal to restore part of the city to how it was 700 years ago may be a tall order, but resident mobilisation shows us otherwise.

Source: Bloomberg

TV to the rescue! The small screen’s battle to save the planet

From Blue Planet II to House of Games, programme-makers are putting the climate crisis on screen – and rethinking how the whole industry operates. The aim? Net zero by 2030.

Source: The Guardian

Climate agreement addressing Indigenous concerns gains traction

Environmental defenders see the Escazú Agreement as an important tool in paving way for the protection of rainforests like the Congo and Amazon.

Source: Grist

Community-based seed banks in Nepal help conserve native species

Proponents say they hope to nurture seeds that are more resistant to the impacts that Nepal is already seeing from climate change.

Source: Mongabay

Arizona locals work on ballot initiative to regulate groundwater

Amid worries about Arizona wells running dry, residents work on a ballot initiative to enable groundwater management. Its potential success would show that democratic approaches convey strength.

Source: High Country News

Traditional cheesemaking in Western Bosnia makes a comeback

26 years after the Bosnian war, a town called Livno is making strides thanks to cheesemaking. The return of this practice is sparking both environmental and economic hope.

Source: Reasons to be Cheerful

Group helps tackle climate change by repopulating ancient trees

Set up in 1994, a non-government organisation called Archangel Ancient Tree Archive has been cloning the world’s oldest trees, some of which are 2,000-4,000 years old.

Source: Euronews

Utopian’ videos offer sneak peek at streets designed for people

An animation reimagines Berlin and London’s busiest roads to boost conversations and actions toward car-free cities.

Source: Euronews

‘It’s a beautiful thing’: how one Paris district rediscovered conviviality

It started with an organised ‘bonjour’. Now the ‘republic of good neighbours’ say they want to reclaim the streets.

Source: The Guardian

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