Child psychologist says schoolkids are at risk of ‘eco-anxiety’ amid climate change debate

Sep 26, 2019 by

Swedish activist Greta Thunberg scolded international delegates telling them 'you have stolen my my dreams and my childhood with your empty words' during a speech at the UN headquarters in New YorkSwedish activist Greta Thunberg scolded international delegates telling them ‘you have stolen my my dreams and my childhood with your empty words’ during a speech at the UN headquarters in New York

School children are developing ‘eco-anxiety’ as climate change continues to dominate the news agenda, a leading psychologist has claimed.

  • Young people are facing ‘eco-anxiety’ amid heightened climate change debate 
  • Child psychologist Andrew Greenfield said the anxiety stems from helplessness 
  • Millions of people across the world took part in Global Strike 4 Climate last week
  • Mr Greenfield urged young people to research and put things in perspective 

School children are developing ‘eco-anxiety’ as climate change continues to dominate the news agenda, a leading psychologist has claimed.

The panic sparked by the climate change debate has raised fears that the mental wellbeing of young people is suffering.

Child psychologist Andrew Greenfield explained that ‘eco-anxiety’ comes from young people feeling ‘helpless’ about the environment.

‘[Eco-anxiety] is some form of anxiety about where the world is heading when it comes to climate change,’ he told Daily Mail Australia.

‘To some degree, the anxiety stems from kids lack of ability to control what is happening.

‘They want change but they feel helpless to some degree to be able to get that change.’

Source: Child psychologist says schoolkids are at risk of ‘eco-anxiety’ amid climate change debate | Daily Mail Online

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