White mailboxes to stop child abuse, third graders as engineers, London’s first queer retirement community

In today’s edition of Squirrel News, white mailboxes help address child abuse in France, third graders begin training to be engineers, and London gets its first LGBTQ+ retirement community.

White mailboxes help address child abuse in France

One in every 5 girls and one in every 13 boys report having been sexually abused before the age of 18, according to WHO. In France, mailboxes in schools and sports clubs have become a lifeline for kids.

Source: Reasons to be Cheerful

Third graders learn engineering through career education

Welcome to Greenville, where aspiring young engineers can begin training right in elementary school. This career path approach gives kids a better grasp of various professions.

Source: The Hechinger Report

EU unveils own green deal to ensure fair competition

To establish equal playing fields on a global scale, the European Union is preparing its own “green deal.” The proposal would cut red tape for green initiatives and train more skilled workers.

Source: grist

For the first time, EU solar and wind power overtake gas

A new analysis shows the EU did not rely heavily on coal last year despite the global energy crisis. The shocks of 2022 sparked a massive wave of support for renewables, according to think tank Ember.

Source: Euronews

Giving Indigenous people land tenure works wonders for forest healing

A recent study found an increase in forest cover in areas where indigenous populations hold land tenure.

Source: Yale Environment 360

US officials propose sugar, salt limits in school meals

To tackle diet-related diseases among children in the US, the Agriculture Department pushes for updated nutrition standards. Cereals and flavored milk are among the first items covered in the proposal.

Source: The Associated Press

Australia’s new $5 banknote will feature Indigenous history instead of King Charles

Government backs the Reserve Bank decision to replace Queen Elizabeth II’s portrait with a design ‘honouring culture and history of First Australians.’

Source: The Guardian

Hockey is giving India’s rural women new status

Hosting the World Cup in the Indian state of Odisha has transformed playing the game into a respectable career choice.

Source: The Guardian

Nonprofit brings writing classes to incarcerated people

A mentorship program shows there is enough ink and paper for everyone. Exchange for Change helps incarcerated writers overcome isolation and connect with peers outside of jail.

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

How London got its first LGBTQ+ retirement community

The idea is nothing new in other countries, but the UK has been slow to develop housing schemes for older LGBTQ+ people. Now it’s becoming apparent how many people want or need it.

Source: The Guardian

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