By Maia Tustonic, HR at Carleton, October 9, 2023
In 2021, a global study of youth aged 16–25 revealed that 59% of respondents were “very or extremely worried” about climate change, and 84% were at least moderately concerned. That same year, a Canadian Youth Alliance for Climate Action study indicated that climate change was a top-five issue for young Canadians.
... With pricey tuition and the high cost of living, students may believe that sustainable lifestyle choices are too expensive for their limited budgets. Dan Rutabingwa Gakire, a Climate Campaigner at Ecology Ottawa, challenged students to rethink this belief.
“Living sustainably actually saves us a lot of money,” Rutabingwa said, emphasizing the importance of minimalism and downsizing in sustainable lifestyles. He listed carpooling, taking public transport, using less water, and meal prepping as great ways to help save both money and the environment.