Climate anxiety is widespread among young people

2021-09-14

in Politics, Psychology, Science, The environment

Back in 2008, I wrote about the Future Leaders Survey and the gloomy views it uncovered among young people about the future of the planet.

Recently, The Lancet published a study based on a survey of 10,000 people aged 16–25 in 10 countries. It demonstrates that apocalyptic psychology is a broad-based phenomenon, not exclusively concentrated among climate change or environmental activists.

83% of those surveyed said people have failed to care for the planet; 75% that the future is frightening; 65% that governments are failing young people; and that just 31% think governments can be trusted.

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. September 14, 2021 at 8:33 pm

“The lead author, Caroline Hickman from Bath University, told BBC News: “This shows eco-anxiety is not just for environmental destruction alone, but inextricably linked to government inaction on climate change. The young feel abandoned and betrayed by governments.

“We’re not just measuring how they feel, but what they think. Four out of 10 are hesitant to have children.

“Governments need to listen to the science and not pathologise young people who feel anxious.”

The authors of the report, to be published in the journal Lancet Planetary Health, say levels of anxiety appear to be greatest in nations where government climate policies are considered weakest.

There was most concern in the global south. The most worried rich nation was Portugal, which has seen repeated wildfires.

Tom Burke from the think tank e3g told BBC News: “It’s rational for young people to be anxious. They’re not just reading about climate change in the media – they’re watching it unfold in front of their own eyes.””

. October 5, 2021 at 3:38 pm

Study: More than half of young people think ‘humanity is doomed’

It’s the first study to find that climate anxiety is connected to government inaction.

. October 13, 2021 at 4:59 pm
. October 16, 2021 at 5:29 pm

Activists ‘born into the climate crisis’ face another challenge: Fear of the future

Young people coming of age in an era of climate disasters are trying to channel anxiety about the planet flooding and burning

https://www.washingtonpost.com/climate-environment/2021/09/16/climate-change-anxiety-youth/

. October 16, 2021 at 5:32 pm

Climate change: Young people very worried – survey

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-58549373

. November 5, 2021 at 1:18 am

Climate depression is real. And it is spreading fast among our youth

This is a crisis that cannot be solved by ‘positive messaging’. The only thing that will help is action from world leaders

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/nov/04/climate-depression-youth-crisis-world-leaders

. November 16, 2021 at 11:21 pm

After her son’s death, a mother promotes mental health for environmentalistsm : Shots – Health News : NPR

https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2021/11/13/1053567654/as-climate-worsens-environmentalists-also-grapple-with-the-mental-toll-of-activi

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