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Climate-Alarmist Parents Warned Not To Cause ‘Eco-Anxiety’ By Terrifying Children

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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

"A lot of parents are coming into therapy asking for help with the children and it has escalated a lot this summer," said Bath teaching fellow and CPA executive Caroline Hickman. 

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

"Parents need to find some words to talk about it that is age-appropriate and not terrifying," said Hickman. 

"You need to separate what is fact from what is unknown: tell them some species are going extinct and some humans are being harmed, but don’t say we’re all going to die, because that isn’t true. What you don’t want is that child to collapse in a well of depression saying "what’s the point in going to university," or "what’s the point of doing my exams", which I have heard children say."

CPA recommends parents use a four-stage approach to explain climate change to their children without causing "eco-anxiety." 

Parents should first gradually introduce them to the known facts, then ask them how they feel, before acknowledging that the ultimate outcome is uncertain.

Finally, parents should agree practical steps to make a difference, such as by cutting down on non-recyclable waste and choosing food with a better climate footprint. -The Telegraph

Maybe you can ease childrens' eco-anxiety by telling them not to worry; everyone they know, or have ever known, or will ever know is going to die someday – including them. 

 


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