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Youth Change Ireland’s (Water) Course

The dry Colorado River may be starkly different from the green landscape and rushing rivers of County Mayo in western Ireland, but students in the county have become water ambassadors – teaching themselves, their families, and their community about the importance of water conservation efforts. Water was a hot topic at Ireland’s National Science Week,…

Blue Groups Refuse Oil Money

Across the nation thousands of college students have joined a campaign, inspired by author and climate activist Bill McKibben, to get their universities to divest from fossil fuel companies just as they once got them to purge their portfolios of companies doing business with apartheid-era South Africa. Yet even many of today’s climate activists are…

America’s Youth Tells Starbucks to Say “No” to Palm Oil!

Did you know that the world’s orangutan population has declined by more than 50 percent since 1992? And did you know that this decline is largely due to loss of habitat, notably for the development of palm oil plantations? Because of our hunger for luxury items like baked goods and cosmetics, the loss of pristine…

Conservation Biology and Artistic Expression

The decision to pursue conservation biology came after an incredible and intense 14 months of traveling through South America. There was no one moment or epiphany, no strike of clarity, just a slow and steady increase in awareness that I needed to work with the environment. The Andes, the Amazon, the deserts, the salt flats,…

Seeing Our Planet Through Children’s Eyes

The winners of Children’s Eyes On Earth International Youth Photography Contest were announced today, with first prize going to eight-year-old Anastasya Vorobko from Saint Petersburg in Russia, for her image SOS! This new photo contest, which was launched earlier this summer by National Geographic photographer, Reza, in association with the Azerbaijan-based NGO, IDEA (International Dialogue for Environmental…

Calling all young photographers

Children aged 17 and under have a unique opportunity to showcase their photographs in an exciting new global contest initiated by National Geographic photographer, REZA, and the non-governmental organisation, IDEA (International Dialogue for Environmental Action). The Children’s Eyes On Earth International Youth Photography Contest, Festival and Exhibition 2012 aims to raise awareness of environmental issues…

At Google’s Science Contest, Another Faire for Makers

After months of hard work, 17-year-old Yassine Bouanane made a solar panel that senses the sun’s location in the sky and follows it throughout the day to produce over 35 percent more energy than standard solar panels. He also made it into the finals of the 2012 Google Science Fair, which had its award ceremony earlier this week.

Awakening Our Species to Nature Through the Eyes of Children

  Children see the world through innocent eyes, eyes that see the unique beauty in even the most unimpressive puddle. To them, a tree is not just a plant but an entire jungle gym of adventure; a small plot of pines is not just a barrier between yards but an entire forest full of mystical…

The Psychology of What Makes Teens Thankful

The study of gratitude is a burgeoning field within psychology, and across the board, results show that people who are more thankful are less prone to stress and depression and are, well, happier. Researchers say one group that could use a lot more gratitude is teenagers. Youth Radio Investigates reporter Rayana Godfrey set out to determine why.