Climate activist parents are freaking out their kids, according to a group of psychologists working with the University of Bath – who say they are receiving a growing number of cases in which children are ‘terrified’ of climate catastrophe and have “eco-anxiety.”
According to The Telegraph, “Protests by groups such as Extinction Rebellion, the recent fires in the Amazon and apocalyptic warnings by the teenage activist Greta Thunberg have prompted a “tsunami” of young people seeking help.
A group of psychologists working with the University of Bath says it is receiving a growing volume of enquiries from teachers, doctors and therapists unable to cope.
The Climate Psychology Alliance (CPA) told The Daily Telegraph some children complaining of eco-anxiety have even been given psychiatric drugs.
The body is campaigning for anxiety specifically caused by fear for the future of the planet to be recognised as a psychological phenomenon.
However, they do not want it classed as a mental illness because, unlike standard anxiety, the cause of the worry is “rational”. –The Telegraph
The symptoms are the same [as clinical anxiety], the feelings are the same, but the cause is different,” she added. “The fear is of environmental doom – that we’re all going to die.”
The report specifically cites 16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg, who made headlines this year in her support for Extinction Rebellion – the group which aims to raise climate awareness through “die-ins” and mock funerals for the future of humanity.
“Thurnberg argues that the EU must cut its carbon emissions by 80 per cent by 2030 to avoid an existential crisis – double the target set by the Paris Accord – while Extinction Rebellion demands the UK achieve net-zero emissions by 2025,” according to the Telegraph.