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(Flag & Cross) – Worrying about climate change is damaging the mental health of young people, according to a new study.
Researchers found that “climate distress” causes a lot of negative emotions in young adults aged 16 to 24 in the United Kingdom.
But they say it may also motivate them to take positive actions for the environment.
For the new study, researchers from Imperial College London and the University of Queensland surveyed young British adults about their experience of “climate distress.”
The participants were asked about their general mental health and well-being, their distress over the changing climate, how climate change has positively or negatively affected their life and whether they are involved in pro-environmental and climate actions.
The study’s findings, published in the journal PLOS Global Public Health, suggest that existing mental health issues may make a person more vulnerable to climate distress.
Around one in 10 participants reported that they were “highly distressed” and worried about how climate change would impact their future more frequently than any other issue
Although few of the individuals had experienced climate extremes, they reported being upset by the environmental degradation of…