France to plant 1 billion trees, Black urban forest school, India’s first solar-powered village

In today’s edition of Squirrel News, France is replanting 1 billion trees after massive summer wildfires, Detroit’s Urban Forest School brings together Black parents and children, and we visit India’s first solar-powered village.

Macron vows to replant 1 billion trees in response to summer wildfires

France commits to replant 10% of the country’s forest within 10 years. President Emmanuel Macron also seeks to invest 250 million euros in the modernization of the French firefighting air fleet.

Source: Reuters

Urban Forest School offers nature-based education to Detroit’s Black community

The school, which bills itself as a co-teaching and co-learning community, requires parents to attend with their children. Learning activities include hikes in local city parks and trips to planetariums.

Source: Planet Detroit

In India’s first solar-powered village, residents get income source

Gone are the days where Modhera locals had to pay thousands of rupees for their power bill. Thanks to solar power, they are also able to receive livelihood support.

Source: UN News

How buildings make people sick, what should be done about it

As the movement for healthy building gains momentum, an environmental health expert stresses that the way authorities manage buildings affects affects people’s health.

Source: Bloomberg

Peer support providers seek to boost the mental health workforce

More and more people need mental health support and services, but there are far too few clinicians available to meet their needs. Peer support providers have the potential to fill the gap, and they have something unique to offer.

Source: Mind Site News

Biden signs international climate agreement on refrigerants

The US looks to eliminate the use of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) which are primarily used in air conditioners and refrigerators. President Joe Biden greenlights a treaty that aims to prevent global warming by up to 0.5 degrees Celsius and was ratified in the Senate with bipartisan support.

Source: Vox

Swedish engineers develop first crash dummy patterned after woman body

Most crash test dummies are based on the average male body, despite the fact that half of all drivers are female. With the safety of women behind wheels in mind, a team of engineers designs a seat evaluation tool that reflects this demographic.

Source: BBC

Denver housing program helps break street-to-jail cycle

A new research highlights why cities should go beyond policing to address the revolving door pattern of homelessness and jail incarceration.

Source: Bloomberg

Helping the helpers: NGOs assist aid providers

From real-time mapping to negotiation, the so-called H2H organizations are well equipped to extend help directly to frontliners on the ground.

Source: The New Humanitarian

In Amsterdam, repair cafes give new life to damaged devices

To prevent appliances from ending up in landfills, mechanics team up to conduct repair workshops for free. With 80% of equipment fixed, the initiative is deemed successful as it also empowers locals.

Source: Euronews

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