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“As the climate crisis worsens a related phenomenon has emerged: climate anxiety. People, especially young people, are reporting increased distress as a result of the very real effects of climate change on their lives now — and how it might affect their future. In a 2021 survey, the Pew Research Center found that far more people in the Gen Z generation were anxious about climate change than their older peers.
But researchers are also starting to notice something very interesting: climate anxiety can also transform into hope. Climate anxiety becomes a call to action. It offers a chance to rebuild systems that are an improvement on what came before. In that same 2021 survey, Gen Z also reported being more likely to believe we can reduce the effects of climate change.
Thankfully, there are resources to help people cope with the changing world and feel inspired to make it better.
For example, Hold This Space is a web platform created to help young people with eco-anxiety process their emotions, learn about collective climate action, and imagine a better future. It was launched in 2022 and developed by the youth-led nonprofit Force of Nature, the think tank Common Vision, and Climate Cares, a program at Imperial College London. Psychologists, scientists, policy experts, and activists all contributed to the project.”