Do the impacts of climate change have you worried? Does it change the way you look at the future?
In an article last week by Rachel Konig Beals for MarketWatch, she writes about how young people ages 25 and younger are experiencing extreme anxiety about climate change. In a study published recently in the science journal The Lancet Planetary Health, nearly 60% of young people surveyed said “they were “very” or “extremely” worried about climate change.”
Most respondents in the study “believe the future is frightening,” and that governments are not being aggressive enough, are ‘letting them down.’ Young adults said they ‘are not buying into being told to meditate and cope’ as a response to climate change.
According to the study, 45% of young people said their feelings about climate change negatively affected their daily life and functioning.
Study authors contributors were from the University of Bath, New York University Langone Health, Stanford University, the Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust and other academic institutions. They stressed the significance of the anxiety survey’s reach across several regions of the world.
A separate study done earlier this year showed that four in 10 young people said they were reluctant to have their own children because of the expected future impacts of “unchecked climate change.” Responders cited worrying about the ongoing natural disasters, eroding coasts, dying crops, drought, heat and more.
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