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Young Lives for a Sustainable Earth

Young Lives for s Sustainable Earth

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

Submission Instructions

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.

Published articles in this collection:

  1. From the worldwide youth-led climate strikes of 2018–2019 to the student-initiated austerity protests in Chile in 2019, it is undeniable that young people have been protagonists in pressuring for social change...

    Authors: Alicia Donnellan Barraclough, Melina Sakiyama, Lisen Schultz and Inger Elisabeth Måren
    Citation: Sustainable Earth 2021 4:2
  2. Cities are at the fore of sustainability challenges of the twenty-first century, and many, particularly in Asia and Africa, are predominantly youthful spaces. Understanding young people’s experiences in urban ...

    Authors: Sylvia Nissen, Kate Prendergast, Midori Aoyagi, Kate Burningham, Mohammad Mehedi Hasan, Bronwyn Hayward, Tim Jackson, Vimlendu Jha, Helio Mattar, Ingrid Schudel, Sue Venn and Aya Yoshida
    Citation: Sustainable Earth 2020 3:17
  3. The urban ecology and especially youth of color living in urban spaces have received relatively little attention in environmental education. The purpose of this work was to assess what urban youth learn about ...

    Authors: Erin Gallay, Alisa Pykett, Morgan Smallwood and Constance Flanagan
    Citation: Sustainable Earth 2020 3:3