Climate Anxiety and Kids (by Andrea Koehle Jones)

5 Tips to support children and youth with their ‘Eco-Anxiety’

By Climate Journalist ANDREA KOEHLE JONES The climate crisis is causing an increase in psychological distress in children and teens around the world. One of the most devastating impacts of unchecked climate change is climate anxiety: a chronic fear of environmental doom. Kids everywhere are reporting emotions ranging from sadness and anxiousness, to anger and powerlessness. Many report that their daily lives and functioning are affected by climate anxiety.“This is not surprising because climate change is the biggest threat humanity is facing.”— Professor Mala Rao, Senior Clinical Fellow at the Department of Primary Care and Public Health, Imperial College, London.Here are some tips to help your child survive and thrive in their ever-changing world.  READ THE ECO PARENT MAGAZINE ARTICLE HERE.
Andrea Koehle Jones is a children’s book author, a climate journalist and environmentalist, and the founder of Canada’s ChariTree Foundation, the children’s climate education and United Nations Climate Observer organization. She is an award-winning documentary producer and has worked for CBC news, CBC Newsworld International, cbc4kids and as a Greenpeace Canada communications strategist during the campaign to ‘Save The Great Bear Rainforest.’ She has just returned from meetings at the UNICEF Supply Division (the world’s largest humanitarian warehouse) in Copenhagen and she is a climate observer participating in the United Nations Climate Change Conference (#COP27). Next she will be at the UN Biodiversity Conference (#COP15).