Student: Mary

School: St. Robert

INSPIRATION: What ideas, projects or movements have you seen that make you hopeful about the future of our cities?

VISION: In what ways should we design our cities differently in order to have a sustainable future?

People being affected by mental illnesses caused by stress, anxiety, lack of meaning in life have been exponentially growing. Nature is a powerful source that helps de-stress and scientifically contributes to your physical well-being. In our cities and others, we notice that as more buildings exist, the less nature there is and the more stress. We should incorporate large scenery of nature everywhere people look.

ACTION: What can your generation do now to bring us closer to this future?

Use space wisely by incorporating nature into building plans, find ways to reduce building numbers, create communities in rural areas instead of continuing to fill up hugely populated cities. To improve mental health and have more time in nature, a law should be imposed for people to take time with nature during work and school. Since we are the next generation, we will not have to conform to the traditions of working for money, rather working for a common goal- to protect the Earth and the generation after.