Spain supports cut in working hours, Denver’s ebike voucher programme, grannies fixing the world

Factory in Barcelona, ​​Spain

In today’s edition, the Spanish government helps companies reduce working hours whilst increasing productivity, Denver uses e-bike vouchers to make streets greener and grandmas around the world help improve lives.

Spanish trial run reduces working hours to see how it boosts productivity

The pilot project in Spain aims to find a way to reduce the hours worked in small and medium-sized industrial companiess without cutting salaries, and whilst boosting productivity.

Source: Euronews

Vouchers for e-bikes successfully bring thousands out of their cars

Denver has successfully used an e-bike voucher scheme to get more people out of their cars and onto greener modes of transport. It could be a national model.

Source: The Washington Post

Indian microfinance providing women with dignified borrowing options

Microfinance institutions in India are providing low-cost loans to women in remote areas that typically only have access to loan sharks. The women are using the money to break the poverty cycle and start their own businesses.

Source: Context

Canadian single-use plastics ban begins

A step forward in the path to sustainability, Canada’s ban on single-use plastics will start this week.

Source: blogTO

Tokyo rules new houses to have solar panels fitted from fiscal year 2025

Tokyo’s government has announced it will introduce a scheme requiring new houses built from the 2025 fiscal year onwards to be fitted with solar panels.

Source: Kyodo News

Deconstructing the US’s largest jail system

Activists in Los Angeles County have been focusing on dismantling the biggest violent jail systems in the country to replace them with mental health facilities and reallocate funding towards social services.

Source: Yes! Magazines

Schools looking to solve student absences, without suspensions

Arizona schools are tackling a rising lack of attendance after the pandemic by helping address the problems of keeping students from school instead of immediately suspending them for absences.

Source: Hechinger Report

Using bubbles to clean up rivers, criminalizing torture, and more

The Christian Science Monitor collected five stories of progress around the globe. Among them are an organization using bubbles to catch rubbish in rivers, homelessness initiatives succeeding in dropping rates of homeless veterans, and more.

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

Communication lifelines for activists detained and isolated

Through a collection of letters and postcards, this activist has kept her passion for her campaign alive even during her imprisonment of 77 days.

Source: Euronews

Grannies solving the world’s problems

These programs from all over the globe are using the power of grandmas to solve societal problems.

Source: BBC

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