How much do we know about the environmental effects on youth mental health?

The environment influences our physical health but have you ever considered its effects on our mental health? Almost one in four people globally experience a mental health issue every year and the environment plays a crucial role, along with genetic and psychological factors. Youth and children are more sensitive to toxic environments than adults due to the early stages of their brain development and therefore more vulnerable to mental disorders.

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Amir Reza Peimani
5 Things I Learned From Talking to a Forest Scientist

On a blustery day in Vancouver, my sister and I hauled lighting equipment and a video camera into the UBC Forestry Building. Inside a third floor conference room we filmed a meeting with Dr. Tongli Wang, a learned scientist and programer who specializes in the climate modelling and saving the future of forests.

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Emily Kelsall
A new book release about how all young Canadians have the power to save the Earth

Last week a startling report was released by Environment and Climate Change Canada that announced that Canada is warming up twice as fast as the rest of the world. This news was an awakening to many and a warning impossible to ignore. It seems perfect timing that environmentalist duo, Chúk Odenigbo and Samantha Matters of The Poison and The Apple, have released their first illustrated, bilingual book The Forces of Nature: Gaia’s Child.

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Claudia Healey
Kitchener-Waterloo’s Devon Fernandes on growing a culture of sustainability

It has been a year since Devon Fernandes co-founded the KW (Kitchener-Waterloo) Library of Things which led to his nomination as one of The Starfish Canada’s Top 25 Environmentalists under 25. Since then, the KW Library of Things has benefited the community by providing a pool of shared resources ranging from sewing machines to pressure washers, and Devon continues to work towards creating a culture of sharing.

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Andrea Neumann
Rattraper Dominique Souris, défenseuse du climat

Fière Franco-ontarienne, Dominique Souris est une véritable inspiration pour les jeunes francophones partout au Canada. Ancienne lauréate de « Top 25 Environmentalists Under 25 » (les écologistes les plus performant(e)s au Canada ayant moins de 25 ans) par le Starfish, j’ai fait un suivi avec cette leader d’aujourd’hui afin d’apprendre plus de son histoire et comment elle a débuté sur la voie de protectrice d’environnement.

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Chuk Odenigbo
Catching up with climate advocate Dominique Souris

Proud Franco-Ontarian, Dominique Souris is truly an inspiration for any and all Canadian youth. Recently listed as one of Canada’s Top 25 Environmentalists Under 25 by The Starfish Canada, I had the opportunity to catch up with this incredible leader to learn more about her, her story and how she got started on her journey to becoming the environmental warrior that we see today.

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Chuk Odenigbo