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Climate Change Got Us Stressed: How Gen Z is Feeling the Heat

Feeling stressed about climate change? You're not alone! Gen Z shares how they're coping with climate anxiety.

Climate change. It’s the giant, looming issue that’s stressing out everyone, but especially us Gen Z’ers. A new study found that over 80% of Australian uni students (that’s us!) are super worried about climate change, and it’s affecting our mental health and even our life choices.

Why the Anxiety, Tho?

This worry about climate change isn’t just a passing feeling. It’s called climate anxiety, and it means we’re constantly thinking about the bad stuff that could happen due to climate change, like extreme weather events and the future of our planet. This can lead to a whole bunch of negative feelings, like fear, sadness, and even feeling powerless.

Feeling the Pressure, Not the Action?

The study also found that even though we’re super concerned, only 35% of us take part in traditional climate activism like protests or fundraising. So, what are we doing? We’re taking to social media to talk about the issue and learn more. While that’s important, researchers say we might need to step outside our comfort zones and get involved in other ways to make a real difference.

Taking Action for Our Future

Listen, we Gen Z’ers didn’t create this mess, but that doesn’t mean we can’t help clean it up. Dr. Diana Bogueva, one of the researchers, says getting involved in political campaigns and connecting with other generations could be a powerful way to influence decision-makers and push for faster climate action.

It's Not All on Us, But We Can Make a Difference

Remember, solving climate change isn’t just our responsibility. But taking meaningful action, even in small ways, can help us feel less anxious and powerless. Whether it’s choosing a career that makes a positive impact or making small changes in our daily lives, we can all be part of the solution.

Conclusion

So, the next time you feel overwhelmed by climate change, remember, that you’re not alone. And even though it’s a big problem, there are things we can do, both individually and together, to create a better future for ourselves and the planet. Let’s do this, Gen Z!

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