With the United Nations Climate Summit and Greta Thunberg’s dramatic and fiery speech behind us, one leading psychologist has spoken out and claimed that all the talks about the climate change are causing children to suffer from ‘eco-anxiety.
As Andrew Greenfield, who specializes in child psychology, pointed out, the on-going debate about climate change and the associated panic has a serious effect on the mental health of young minds.
According to the expert, the issues children find themselves confronted with when it comes to the topic of climate change are deep and profound and often make them feel ‘helpless’ and, or, hopeless.
“Eco-anxiety is some form of anxiety about where the world is heading when it comes to climate change,” Mr. Greenfield said in an interview with Daily Mail Australia.
“To some degree, the anxiety stems from kids lack of ability to control what is happening. They want change but they feel helpless to some degree to be able to get that change.”
The psychologist’s remarks followed amid the Global Strike 4 Climate that was initiated, and well-received from countries all over the world, by Greta Thunberg.
Speaking of the protests that took place in thousands of cities across more than 150 countries, Greenfield added:
“I think it’s certainly great for kids to say what they think and have their voice, I think it’s got to happen in the right way.
“Encouraging kids to be able to take time off school, is that a great way to do it? I guess we’ve got to think about that.
“But I think it’s about power in masses and people feel as though they have the ability to control more what’s happening with power in numbers.”
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