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‘Overwhelming and terrifying’: the rise of climate anxiety

The Guardian / Matthew Taylor, Jessica Murray / 10 February 2020

The physical impact of the climate crisis is impossible to ignore, but experts are becoming increasingly concerned about another, less obvious consequence of the escalating emergency – the strain it is putting on people’s mental wellbeing, especially the young.

Psychologists warn that the impact can be debilitating for the growing number of people overwhelmed by the scientific reality of ecological breakdown and for those who have lived through traumatic climate events, often on the climate frontline in the global south.

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Red Rams bring back climate lessons

Recorder & Times / Ronald Zajac / 28 November 2019

Five members of the new club at BCI recently attended the 11th annual Adirondack Youth Climate Summit, held at the Wild Center in Tupper Lake, New York. The summit, held Nov. 6 and 7, focused on climate change and the role youth can play in addressing it.

Enviro Club members Danielle Storey, Lukas Redmond, Prutha Patel, Megan McKenna, and Meiling Segal were the only Canadian participants in the event, which brought together students from across New York State and a bit beyond. There were some 300 participants, roughly 250 of whom were students.

The summit focused on global warming and discussed ways students can mobilize their schools and communities to respond.

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Frontenac Arch UNESCO mandate renewed

Recorder & Times / Ronald Zajac / 30 October 2019

The local biosphere group also used the occasion to announce the start of the Frontenac Arch Biosphere Climate Action Team, which has an initial goal of organizing a youth climate summit for high school students within the Frontenac Arch area in April 2020.

The aim is to have a student-organized and driven effort, with student teams developing climate action plans for their schools and communities.

Longtime network board member Gary Clarke said the initiative stems from a visit a year ago to an event in Tupper Lake, where locals were impressed with the level of youth enthusiasm for taking on the challenges of climate change.

Next week, five students from Brockville Collegiate Institute will represent Canada at the 11th Adirondack Youth Climate Summit, held at The Wild Center in Tupper Lake, in preparation for the planned summit here next year, added Clarke.

“The time for marching is over,” said Clarke. “It’s time to address the problem in concrete ways.”

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Student’s pledge: No kids until Canada takes action

CBC News / Isaac Olson / 17 September 2019

An 18-year-old McGill University student pledges to not have children until she is sure the Canadian government is taking serious steps to battle climate change.

And hundreds more are following in her footsteps.

“Our government isn’t doing enough,” Emma Lim said on CBC Montreal’s Daybreak Tuesday.

The steps provincial and federal lawmakers are taking are “nowhere near the action needed,” she said.

The young climate activist decided to take action of her own — launching a climate-change movement dubbed, “#No Future, No Children,” that is quickly gathering steam.

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Climate youth leaders travel through Beaufort Delta

NNSL Media / Nick Pearce / 29 August 2019

A six-day trip through the Beaufort Delta made a changing climate bracingly tangible for roughly a dozen youth leaders this week.

Running from August 22 to 28, Ecology North’s Young Leaders’ Summit on Northern Climate Change had participants meet with elders, harvesters and community members studying the first-hand effects of climate change. This is the second time Inuvik has hosted the event, where youth delve into topics such as coastal erosion along the Arctic coast and the changing water conditions of the Mackenzie River.

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‘Action really helps’ youth struggling with climate anxiety

Yahoo! News / 03 August 2019

Treating climate anxiety in children is very similar to treating general anxiety, [child psychologist Rhonda] Matters said.

Acknowledging a child’s anxiety over climate change and weather events is one of the most helpful and key methods in managing the anxiety, Matters said. It also allows children to think about the constructive things they can do about the situation.

“Action really helps with anxiety. Feeling out of control or helpless increases or grows our anxiety. But feeling like there is a part we can play in addressing that concern is what helps kids,” she said.

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