This is an article collection published in Sustainable Earth.
This article collection examines the complex inter-relationships between youth aspirations, lifestyles, energy use, social justice, consumption patterns, ecosystems and youth wellbeing.
Estimates suggest almost half the world’s population of seven billion people are under the age of 25. The world’s current population of 7.5 billion is estimated to surpass 9 billion by 2050. The world’s most youthful countries are located in Africa and South Asia. This youthful energy will drive trends in innovation, resource and energy use and consumption. In aging populations, patterns of consumption also continue to rise while many communities report rising mental ill-health and inequality with far reaching implications for the sustainability of the earth and social systems. Sustainable Earth recognizes that understanding the complex relationships between youth aspiration, and wellbeing and the natural environment are critical questions for this century.
Edited by: Connie Flanagan, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Bronwyn Hayward, University of Canterbury, New Zealand
Before submitting your manuscript, please ensure you have carefully read the submission guidelines for Sustainable Earth. The complete manuscript should be submitted through the Sustainable Earth submission system. To ensure that you submit to the correct article collection please select the appropriate article collection in the drop-down menu upon submission. In addition, indicate within your cover letter that you wish your manuscript to be considered as part of the thematic series on 'Young Lives for a Sustainable Earth'. All submissions will undergo rigorous peer review and accepted articles will be published within the journal as a collection.