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Environmental issues

Concerns about the environment regularly rate highly in surveys canvasing young people about the issues they find of greatest concern to their future. This topic covers young people's views on the environment, their involvement in environmental causes and concerns for the future of the environment. 

For issues about including young people's needs in civic planning and their use of public spaces, please see the topic Public space.

Rise in teen deaths blights drownings data

Drowning deaths rose among 15 to 24-year-olds last  year, but drownings in children under five were their lowest level in nearly two decades. Nationally, drowning deaths among people aged 15 to 24 climbed 43 per cent between 2012-13 and last year, when 40 young people died. Original article

01 Oct 2014

App development program empowers youth

The program, called Adappt, was co-created by FYA and Samsung to encourage Australians aged 12 to 25 to discover how creative thinking, problem solving, entrepreneurship and technology can come together to help create social change. Original article

01 Oct 2014

Mental health campaign for Indigenous youth

'Yarn Safe' is a national campaign, said to be the first youth-led national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth mental health campaign of its kind, that aims to get Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people to talk about problems affecting their mental health and wellbeing. Original article

01 Oct 2014

Young volunteers on the rise

Young West Australians are taking up volunteering in droves, driving a jump of more than 80 per cent in the number of tertiary students Volunteering WA refers to positions. Original article

01 Oct 2014

A smoke-free generation in Tasmania

Tasmania's push for a tobacco-free generation is back on the agenda — with a private member’s Bill set to come before Parliament. More information

01 Oct 2014

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