Schoolchildren develop & # 39; eco-fear & # 39; because climate change continues to dominate the news agenda, claims a leading psychologist.
The panic fueled by the climate change debate has raised fears about the mental well-being of young people.
Child psychologist Andrew Greenfield explained that & # 39; eco-fear & # 39; comes from young people who feel helpless & # 39; helpless & # 39; feel about the environment.
& # 39; [Eco-fear of failure] is a form of concern about where the world is going when it comes to climate change, & # 39; he told Daily Mail Australia.
& # 39; To some extent, the fear comes from the lack of ability of children to control what happens.
& # 39; They want change, but they feel helpless to some extent to get that change. & # 39;
More than 300,000 demonstrators in 110 towns and cities in Australia flooded the streets last Friday as part of the Global Strike 4 climate. On the photo: school children protest in Sydney
A girl has a sign & # 39; There is no planet B & # 39; during the Sydney Strike 4 Climate rally on Friday, September 20
More than 300,000 demonstrators in 110 towns and cities in Australia flooded the streets for the Global Strike 4 Climate last Friday.
The worldwide demonstrations were inspired by teenage environmentalist Greta Thunberg, who first made headlines a year ago for a climate strike by one person outside the Swedish parliament.
Speaking about the protests, Mr. Greenfield said it was important for children to stand up for their faith, but also expressed concern about the implications.
& # 39; I certainly think it's great that children say what they think and have their voice, I think it should be done the right way, & # 39; he said.
# Encourage children to take time off from school, is that a great way to do it? I think we should think about that.
& # 39; But I think it's mass power & # 39; s and people feel they have the ability to control more what happens to a power in numbers. & # 39;
On Monday, 16-year-old Greta criticized world leaders for doing nothing about climate change at the UN summit in New York.
The speech fascinated audiences around the world, but opinions were divided on how young people deal with the threats of the future.
Child psychologist Andrew Greenfield explained that & # 39; eco-fear & # 39; comes from young people who feel helpless & # 39; helpless & # 39; feel about the environment
In her explosive speech, Greta said: & We are in massive extinction. And all you can talk about is money and fairy tales of eternal economic growth. How dare you! & # 39;
Greenfield spoke about the heightened & # 39; emotion & # 39; of Greta's words and encouraged young people to do research on climate change.
& # 39; Everyone sees her emotion, it was quite an emotional speech she gave, & # 39; said Mr. Greenfield.
& # 39; I encourage children to try and investigate as much as possible.
& # 39; It is also very difficult to know what to believe for many of these children. They need to believe what people around them believe, what their teachers say, what their parents say and what their friends say. & # 39;
Greenfield said that communication on these issues would become increasingly important in the long term to prevent individual pressure.
& # 39; All individuals can do is what they can do themselves. It's about communicating, that's what it's all about instead of just physically making a change in the environment, & he explained.
& # 39; Of course that's important because it's all right, but we ensure that we communicate, talk about it and discuss it with as many people as possible. & # 39;
In addition to diving into research and communication, Mr. Greenfield urged young people to put things into perspective amidst & # 39; eco-fear & # 39 ;.
& # 39; Try to find out what the facts are, & # 39; he said.
& # 39; Apart from that, we must ensure that fear does not take over our lives and that is easier said than done.
& # 39; You're going to worry about many different things in the world because we can't control everything in the world. & # 39;
Swedish activist Greta Thunberg scolded them from international delegates during a speech at the UN headquarters in New York: & # 39; You have stolen my dreams and my youth with your empty words & # 39;
In addition to diving into research, Mr. Greenfield urged young people to put things into perspective in the midst of & # 39; eco-anxiety & # 39 ;. & # 39; We need to put things in perspective and we still have to live our lives & # 39 ;, he said
Greenfield said the feeling of & # 39; learned helplessness & # 39; can cause individuals & # 39; to stop trying just because it is too overwhelming & # 39 ;.
& # 39; We must ensure that children do not, that you can always do something, & # 39; he said.
& # 39; We have to put things in perspective and we still have to live our lives.
& # 39; It's not like the world is stopping tomorrow because of what is happening … It's gone a while, but in the meantime we have to continue to put our lives and put things in perspective. & # 39;
Prime Minister Scott Morrison bounced back against Greta's hardline set-up on the greenhouse effect and said, "We must let children be children."
He said children should be protected against unnecessary anxiety. and reminded the younger generation that they are in a & # 39; beautiful country and pristine environment & # 39; live.
& # 39; I don't want our children to worry about these issues, & # 39; he said.
& # 39; They will also have an economy to live in. & # 39;
Greta Thunberg & # 39; s fiery speech at the UN climate summit in New York
This is completely wrong. I shouldn't be standing here. I should be back at school on the other side of the ocean. But do you all come to me for hope? How dare you! You have stolen my dreams and my youth with your empty words. And yet I am one of the lucky ones. People suffer. People are dying. Entire ecosystems are collapsing. We are at the beginning of a massive extinction. And all you can talk about is money and fairy tales of eternal economic growth. How dare you!
Science has been crystal clear for more than 30 years. How dare you keep looking away and come here to say that you are doing enough, while the required politics and solutions are nowhere to be seen.
You say that you hear us & # 39; & # 39; and that you understand the urgency. But no matter how sad or angry I am, I don't want to believe that. Because if you fully understood the situation and still continued to fail, you would be bad. And I refuse to believe that.
The popular idea to halve our emissions in 10 years gives us only a 50% chance of staying below 1.5 ° C, and the risk of irreversible chain reactions beyond human control.
Maybe 50% is acceptable to you. But those figures do not include tipping points, most feedback loops, additional warming hidden by toxic air pollution or the aspects of justice and fairness. They also trust that the generation of me and my children suck hundreds of billions of tons of CO2 from the air with technologies that hardly exist. So a 50% risk is simply not acceptable to us – we who have to live with the consequences.
To have a 67% chance of staying under a global temperature rise of 1.5 ° C – the best opportunities given by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change – the world had 420 gigatons of carbon dioxide to return on January 1, 2018 bumps. Today that figure is already under 350 gigatons. How dare you pretend that this can be solved with business-as-usual and some technical solutions. With the current emission levels, that remaining CO2 budget will have completely disappeared in less than eight and a half years.
No solutions or plans that are in line with these figures will be presented today. Because these figures are too uncomfortable. And you're still not mature enough to tell it the way it is.
You let us down. But the young people are beginning to understand your betrayal. The eyes of all future generations are focused on you. And if you choose to let us fail, I say we will never forgive you. We will not let you get away with this. Here, right now, we draw the line. The world is waking up. And there is a change, whether you like it or not.
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