Public food forests on the rise

It’s mid-July and, despite months without rain, the berries, herbs, flowers, and fruit trees at the public food forest surrounding the Cavanagh Recreation Center in downtown Petaluma are flourishing. As we brush past pomegranate and fig trees, Trathen Heckman, executive director of Daily Acts, points out two thriving elderberry trees, their hanging branches laden with…

This brilliant 13-year-old figured out how to make clean energy using a device that costs $5

Maanasa Mendu thinks she’s cracked the code on how to make wind and solar energy affordable. On Tuesday, Mendu, a 13-year-old from Ohio, won the grand prize in the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge for her work in creating a cost-effective « solar leaves » design to create energy. In addition to winning the title of “America’s Top Young Scientist, » she gets…

Australian schools will teach a gender equality class to prevent domestic violence

The Respectful Relationships program was trialed in Victoria, Australia and is now going to be implemented in all of the state’s public schools over the next two years. The program, which costs $16.5 million (US dollars), aims to encourage ‘respectful relationships’ between young men and women. Students will be exploring issues surrounding gender-based violence, male privilege and gender inequality.…

(24/10) United Nations Day: Sustainable food systems vital to achieving 2030 Agenda nutrition targets

Opening its 43rd plenary session in Rome today in the wake of major global agreements on sustainable development and climate change, the main United Nations body focused on food security and nutrition, called for an urgent transformation of the world’s food system and nutrition to eradicate all forms of extreme poverty, hunger, and malnutrition by…