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Living and Coping with Eco-Anxiety

Young People and Eco-Anxiety

People often become anxious when they perceive a threat. Many kinds of anxiety are common among youth. Young people often have faster and wider interaction with the world through social media, than older generations, which can exacerbate anxiety by multiplying the perception of threats around them. Young people can also be more susceptible to threats than older generations, simply because they have younger minds.

Environmental destruction and climate change are not short-term threats which are going to be resolved any time soon. So, waiting for these threats to go away, will not resolve our eco-anxiety. It can only be resolved by finding personal ways to accept and cope with these threats. Young people rightly feel more threatened by environmental issues than older generations, because they have their whole lives ahead, whereas older generations have often lived most of their lives with a high level of environmental security. Young people are the main stakeholders of the future, so although anyone can be eco-anxious, youth are especially vulnerable.

News & Views

The mental health fall-out is real among Australians as fires continue their path

Added 14 Jan, 2020. Source: The Lighthouse

As Australia’s most extensive bushfire crisis continues and areas across the country remain at risk, the mental health fallout is becoming more apparent. Psychologists report that people are shocked by the widespread devastation, and their fear of the fires, concern about health impacts from smoke and distress about the vast amount of wildlife killed are all fuelling ‘eco-anxiety’ – worry and grief about our environmental crisis – in the wider population. For the thousands of Australians evacuated from the path of …

TED Talk, how Climate Change effects our mental health

Added 14 Jan, 2020. Source: TED Talks

Britt Wray, radio broadcaster and science communicator, says: “For all that’s ever been said about climate change, we haven’t heard nearly enough about the psychological impacts of living in a warming world”.  In this short talk, Britt explores how climate change is threatening our well-being – mental, social and spiritual – and offers a starting point for what we can do about it.  Britt also runs workshops which explore issues of eco-anxiety, environmental justice, and bio-ethics, described on her website.


The Long Now Foundation

The Long Now Foundation, home of 'The 'Clock of the Long Now', fosters ideas and projects based on long-term thinking, the next 10,000 years.

Young Minds

We’re leading the fight for a future where all young minds are supported and empowered, to be resilient whatever the challenges.

Climate Psychology Alliance

A map of the UK showing theraputic services for climate-anxiety and eco-anxiety, plus related resources.

Conspiracy Theories

Is a conspiracy theory true, or false, or undecided? This website looks at some key theories, present and past, and provides the evidence.

Eco-Anxious Stories

A new forum for people to share their eco-anxious stories with others. By sharing, you may provide comfort and solidarity for others.

Parents for the Planet

Facebook page, a safe haven for planet caregivers who are tired, scared or need support. A forum for positivity, strengthening, and community-building.

The Mix

Group chats about anything that's on your mind, for fun and a chance to unwind, a judgement-free zone Sun-Thu, 8:00-9:30pm.

Nocturnal Medicine

Creating experiences, places, and media which express responses to climatic and ecological change, for communities mostly in NY City.

Beginning the Climate Change Conversation

Download this guide (pdf) on how to explain climate change and its impacts to children. Produced by The Climate Reality Project.

Child-Friendly Yoga

Ten kid-friendly yoga poses and breathing techniques to help ease anxious young minds. Balloon breaths, sandwich, cat/cow, down-dog, tree, reclining butterfly, etc!

Association of Nature and Forest Therapy

Worldwide network for nature and forest therapy, with online guides and resource materials. Also introducing 'forest bathing' (shinrin-yoku)