The BBC published a startling report, showing a growing number of children and teenagers are experiencing intense fears regarding the planet and civilization’s future.
Experts believe the issue could be rooted in the constant exposure to “predictions” of catastrophic events.
They claim eco-anxiety comes from observing the slow, irreparable impacts of climate change begin to unfold.
The constant media pressure isn’t doing a good job at easing the pressure on the younger generations.
From vocal personas like Thunberg, to on-the-nose TV ads about what climate change could cause, the younger generations are being served a horrifying image of a future that is nothing more than plausible, at best.
Teach your child to embrace the calamity
Boston’s GBH news warned a “second wave” of eco-anxious children is on the way.
This is due to the global governments’ unwillingness to do anything significant about climate change, which takes a toll on a developing mind.
School strike week 193. #FridaysForFuture #ClimateStrike #PeopleNotProfit #SchoolStrike4Climate pic.twitter.com/L2OSIL8so4
— Greta Thunberg (@GretaThunberg) April 29, 2022
Some are even going as deep into the woke void to claim that climate change could “mirror the pandemic in a sense of impacting communities of color,” whatever that would mean.
With this in mind, it’s no wonder your child’s concerned about the future. In fact, if you’re thinking rationally, NOT being concerned about the future while we devolve into the “who’s more woke” mindset would be a grave mistake.
One of the ways to combat the issue is to encourage the youth to “grab themselves by the bootstraps” and simply embrace this is the hand we’ve been dealt.
We have to make the best of it while we’re on this planet.
Climate strike week 139 #climate #FridaysForFuture @Fridays4future @GretaThunberg pic.twitter.com/D5o2TQsCgX
— Anna Kernahan (@AnnaKernahan) April 29, 2022
The little ones are a bit “too concerned“ for their age
The Conversation magazine touches on this topic perfectly, urging these young people’s guardians to help them embrace the reality we’re living in, no matter how grim it may be, for now at least.
Naturally, your child experiencing anxiety over these matters isn’t a sign of any serious mental illness.
It rather indicates that you’re either being too harsh on your kid, or they’re just watching too much TV lately, both of which can be solved with some parental love and care.
However, none of the articles actually recommend presenting young people with positive changes the world has seen, leaving them both clueless and unable to look ahead with a significant amount of hope.
She is young.
She is fearless.
She is taking action to protect our planet.
We're celebrating activists like @GretaThunberg this #EarthDay #ClimateAction#ForPeopleForPlanet 👨👩👦👦💚🌎 pic.twitter.com/3r8RzhwHN9
— UN Geneva (@UNGeneva) April 26, 2022
Another thing to note is none of the big-name articles on the matter actually criticize the fear-mongering the media is doing on the topic of climate change.
If anything, we can rest easy knowing this wave of eco-anxious youth is nothing more than a byproduct of an ongoing war on climate change.
Despite wars always requiring certain repercussions, none of them should come at the cost of a child’s joyous understanding of the world and life around them.