The media coverage of teenage activist, Greta Thunberg, certainly helped raise awareness around climate change but has also instilled fear in some young people. Children around the world are feeling overwhelmed by the magnitude of such problems facing future generations. This anxiety related to ecological disasters or threat to our natural environment has been termed ‘eco anxiety’.
News reports and images this week regarding the fires burning in Queensland and New South Wales, the lives lost and property destroyed, have fuelled this anxiety. It is a heart breaking and concerning issue that is unfortunately becoming a common feature in Australia.
The media coverage of climate change leaves some children around the world feeling overwhelmed by the magnitude of the issue. Although this is raising awareness it may also be instilling fear. As parents and caregivers, it is important to understand how best to diffuse a child’s anxiety relating to a future impending environmental disasters. Discussing the known facts and instilling hope will give children a clear vision for a positive future. Reassurance about what countries and individuals are doing, and what you can do as a family, will go towards helping curb the effects of eco anxiety.
SchoolTV has a special on this to assist parents and care givers by providing strategies on how to approach conversations on environmental issues that are age appropriate. We hope you take time to reflect on the information offered in this special report.