September 29, 2021

Many young people worried about the climate crisis


The discomfort expressed seems very powerful. Several experts nevertheless warn about the weaknesses of this survey.

Rarely does a scientific journal publish a poll. This, presented as the largest international survey disseminated on anxiety generated by climate change, includes 10,000 participants aged 16 to 25, from ten countries including France, India and Australia.

A significant proportion of children and young people around the world testify to significant distress and a wide range of painful and complex emotions (sadness, fear, anger, helplessness, guilt, shame, despair, grief) ”, write the authors of this work carried out in May and June and published yesterday in the Lancet Planetary Health. Thus, 75% of respondents judge the future “frightening”, and 56% believe that humanity is “Condemned” (48% in France). Almost 2 in 5 participants hesitate to become parents, 1 in 2 believe that the safety of families will be threatened.

“Desidelization of adults”

For the Dr Éric Charles, psychiatrist at the Esquirol hospital center in Limoges, eco-anxiety risks increasing in society, even

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