Young people are instrumental in bringing about environmental change – we spoke to some of the student campaigners tackling the issue

The planet is telling us something. Currently, much of Singapore, Indonesia and Malaysia is covered by a blanket of acrid smog thanks to the illegal burning of forests and agricultural land for palm oil production.

Meanwhile, VW has admitted it has been cheating car emissions tests for years, Bangalore’s lakes are swelling up with toxic foam due to pollution from chemicals and sewage in India’s technology capital, and – for the cacti lovers out there – nearly a third of our prickly pals face extinction due to human activity.

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Source: Guardian Environment