The climate crisis is already affecting children and young people, both physically, developmentally and emotionally. Climate-related anxiety, worry and lack of hope for the future are growing problems that affect young people’s mental health. A recent Swedish survey showed that six out of ten young people between the ages of 12 and 18 are worried about the climate – and only half of respondents felt hopeful that we will solve the climate crisis. Likewise, a recent UK survey with 2,000 children showed that nearly three quarters (73%) said they are worried about the state of the planet right now, and 17% reported having their sleeping and eating habits affected by their concerns.
Our kids’ climate has developed two guides on how to talk to children about the climate crisis: one for adults and parents and one for teachers, educators and school leaders. All these stakeholders can play a key role in helping children and young people deal with knowledge about the climate crisis and ensuring climate education is a priority. Here are Kids’ climate top tips for how you can become better at meeting young people’s questions, feelings and commitment to the climate.
Author: Our kids’ climate
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