By Bruce Deachman, Ottawa Citizen
When the derecho storm struck Ottawa in May, Chidera Onyegbule lost power in her South Keys home for five days. It was a situation that triggered a spike in her existential dread as she watched trees felled, food spoiled and much of Ottawa’s infrastructure fall apart, once again confronting her with the uncertain future she’s faced for half her life now.
...Onyegbule, 20, is in her third-year at Carleton University where she’s studying neuroscience and mental health. She’s part of a growing cohort of people, many but not all of them Generation Z or zoomers, who are experiencing eco-anxiety, in her case a fear of the future in relation to climate change, at unprecedented levels.