Most Young Adults Think ‘Humanity Is Doomed’ And Climate Anxiety Is To Blame

Most people plan their next step for a better future but due to the environmental crisis, there is psychological distress (could be said as climate anxiety) among people (mostly teens and young adults). Similar to that the largest-ever study done on young people’s fears about the climate crisis found that over 45% of 16-25 years people say climate anxiety and distress are affecting their daily lives to function normally.

The study depicts that climate anxiety in children and young people has a massive effect says Caroline Hickman, a co-author and a researcher at the University of Bath in the UK. As reported by Grist, this study is performed on almost 60% of 10,000 young people across the 10 countries (including North and South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia) while taking their national government (people say they are betraying them and future generations through their inactions) as an attribute.

Through this survey, we come to know that 56% of people agreed with the statement that ‘Humanity is doomed,’ 75% of people agree to the ‘Future is frightening,’ and 4% of people are hesitant to have a baby.

There is no Planet B

This study published in the journal Lancet Planetary Health is based upon climate anxiety which describes many emotions of people when encountered with climate change that are worry, fear, anger, grief, despair, guilt, and hope. These emotions are a rational response but half of the people say they were ignored by their governments. The action must be taken by the government as climate anxiety is seen as a personal problem with an individual solution.

This can be represented in figures that 58% of people feel that their governments are betraying them and their future generations. In Brazil, 77% of people agree with it which is highest among other countries because deforestation and fire in the Amazon rainforest have risen under President Jair Bolsonaro.

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