Kids’ concerns about the environment are real. With the right support, so is their ability to act.
When kids are worried about the environment, they can feel scared, overwhelmed and even hopeless. This is called eco-anxiety. But what can we do about it?
Turn Eco-Anxiety into Eco-Action
Eco-anxiety is a valid response to the real challenges our kids see around them. As adults, our job isn’t to make their concerns go away; it’s to help channel them into positive action. When we validate our kids’ concerns and demonstrate how our actions–even the small ones–make a difference, we can transform feelings of anxiety into feelings of empowerment.
Research by Earth Rangers, Ipsos Canada, and leading experts in the field of mental health and climate change shows that some level of concern about the environment can be useful and healthy when it leads to environmental action. It also found that Earth Rangers members are far more likely to engage in environmental action, feel empowered, be hopeful about the future, and believe they can make a big difference. This is strong evidence that helping our children discover their ability to act on environmental challenges leads to hope, optimism, and a brighter outlook for the future of the planet.
Earth Rangers members are far more likely to engage in environmental action, feel empowered, be hopeful about the future, and believe they can make a big difference.