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How youth climate anxiety is linked to government inaction

How youth climate anxiety is linked to government inaction

14 September 2021

9-10 EST | 2-3 PM BST | 3-4 pm CEST

75% of children and young people feel the future is frightening
Watch the panel discussion on a groundbreaking new study about climate anxiety, and join the live discussion below.

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Caroline Hickman

Caroline Hickman

Lead author of the study, psychotherapist, University of Bath, Climate Psychology Alliance

Elizabeth Marks

Elizabeth Marks

Lead author of the study, clinical psychologist, Senior Lecturer in Psychology, University of Bath

Jennifer Uchendu

Jennifer Uchendu

Nigerian youth activist, Susty Vibes

Elouise Mayall

Elouise Mayall

Co-author of the study, British youth activist, UKYCC

Natasa Mavronicola

Natasa Mavronicola

Lawyer and human rights expert at the University of Birmingham

Luisa Neubauer

Luisa Neubauer

German youth activist, Fridays for Future

Live discussion

Greta Thunberg

Young people all over the world are well aware that the people in power are failing us.

Greta Thunberg

Climate Activist
Francois Hollande

(...) we must open our eyes to the violence of global warming; on its impact on our planet, but also on the mental health of our youth, as this alarming study shows.

Francois Hollande

President of France 2012-2017
and one of the architects of the COP21 Climate agreement
Inger Andersen

As this research makes clear, the climate crisis is taking a huge toll on the mental health of children. It is absolutely critical that we take on board the growing body of evidence on the impacts of the climate crisis on human health. We have no choice but to rapidly decarbonize our economies and societies.

Inger Andersen

Executive Director
UN Environment Programme

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Authors

This groundbreaking study was possible thanks to the collaboration of:

  • Caroline Hickman, Climate Psychology Alliance and University of Bath

  • Dr. Elizabeth Marks, University of Bath

  • Dr. Panu Pihkala, University of Helsinki

  • Dr. Susan Clayton, The College of Wooster

  • Dr. Eric Lewandowski, NYU Langone Health, Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

  • Elouise Mayall, University of East Anglia

  • Dr. Britt Wray, Stanford University and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

  • Dr. Catriona Mellor, Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust

  • Dr. Lise van Susteren, Climate Psychiatry Alliance

This work would not have been possible without every child and young person who gave their time to take part in this research -- thank you.

You can read the full research article here.
Note: This paper is accepted for publication in the Lancet Planetary Health. However, this version serves as a pre-print and may therefore still be subject to changes and updates.


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