Reforesting Canada with drones, saving LA from megadrought, college savings for infants

A drone flies over a forest.

In today’s edition of Squirrel News, two brothers plan to reforest one billion trees in Canada using drones, a new project adds eco landscapes to LA neighborhoods to cope with drought and floods, and US states open college savings accounts for babies.

Drones plant trees after wildfires in Canada

After wildfires, drones can help reforest in places too dangerous for humans. Cameron and Bryce Jones, leaders of Flash Forest, hope to plan one billion trees by 2028 using drone technology.

Source: Reasons to Be Cheerful

Architecture project harvests rain, breeds rare fish in urban LA

In spite of the California megadrought, the Median Stormwater Capture Project transforms neighborhoods in east Los Angeles through new eco landscapes and architecture.

Source: The Guardian

Australia to make area the size of Germany a marine park

Between Tasmania and Antarctica, the Macquarie Island protection zone is a refuge for penguins, seals and seabirds.

Source: The Guardian

Student designs course, nonprofit to focus on climate solutions

Done feeling hopeless about climate change, Sage Lenier designed the Solutions for a Sustainable and Just Future course, with more than 1,800 people having taken it. Recently, she transformed the class into an environmental education nonprofit, hoping to reach even more people.

Source: The 19th

Some US states start college savings accounts for children

Across the US, states are helping disadvantaged parents by eliminating one of the biggest barriers to creating a college saving account: signing up for one. For example, California has been depositing $100 for every baby born in the state since July.

Source: The 74 million

Voting rights of 50,000 formerly incarcerated people to be restored

Under a bill that’s slated to become law next week in Minnesota, the state will automatically grant voting rights to felons after incarceration ends.

Source: NPR

California becomes first state to expand Medicaid coverage to all immigrants

California expanded Medi-Cal to include all adults, regardless of immigration status. Next year, full coverage will become available, with 700,000 additional noncitizens expected to enroll.

Source: Kaiser Health News

Indigenous owned businesses trailblaze in Ontario

Of nearly 600,000 Indigenous-owned businesses in Canada, Ontario entrepreneurs like CEO Benjamin Feagin Jr. of the vertical farming company AgriTech North are breaking down barriers.

Source: CBC

Chefs, entrepreneurs revive plant-based, vegan elements in African cuisine

From cooking shows and cookbooks to vegan restaurants and Instagram accounts, cooks are transforming attitudes toward veganism.

Source: The Guardian

NYC bakery helps people with ‘open door hiring policy’

After baking helped her own recovery from drug addiction, Janie Deegan’s Life-Changing Baked Goods hires people as they are, regardless if they have been homeless or incarcerated, as long as they have the willingness to learn.

Source: CBS News

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