4 in 10 fear having kids due to climate change: global survey

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An international poll of some 10,000 young adults has revealed that tomorrow’s leaders feel “betrayed” by elder generations when it comes to managing climate change.

Published in the Lancet Tuesday, it’s the largest study yet that measures young peoples’ response to environmental policy — or, rather, the lack thereof.

Responses from thousands of participants in 10 countries — Australia, Brazil, Finland, France, India, Nigeria, the Philippines, Portugal, the UK and the US — pointed to significant anxiety prompted by talk of climate change.

About 75% of those aged 16 to 25 concurred with the statement “the future is frightening,” while about 60% said they are “very” or “extremely worried” about climate change. More than 50% believe they have fewer opportunities than their parents at their age. Furthermore, some 40% are hesitant to become parents out of a fear they’ll bring a child into a sun-scorched, voided wasteland.

Mitzi Tan, a 23-year-old environmental activist from the Philippines, told the Guardian that young people are reckoning with a “betrayal because of government inaction.”

Therapy won’t “fix” their anxiety, she offered. “To truly address our growing climate anxiety, we need justice.”

It’s not the first study to suggest young adults are hesitant to enter what many regard as the next stage in life — starting a family. A smaller study last year suggested that as much as 96% of adults are “very” or “extremely” concerned about the impact of climate change on their current or potential offspring.

They have a right to be worried, according to a recent editorial co-signed by more than 200 top medical journals. They warn that climate change will cause “catastrophic harm to health” globally, pleading for “emergency action” by world leaders.

And children will be the ones left to deal with the devastation. In a new report — the first to index the impact of climate change on children, specifically — UNICEF suggests it’s a matter of “child rights,” estimating that 1 billion of them are now at an “extremely high risk” of incurring negative impacts associated with the climate crisis.

“Climate and environmental shocks are undermining the complete spectrum of children’s rights, from access to clean air, food and safe water; to education, housing, freedom from exploitation, and even their right to survive. Virtually no child’s life will be unaffected,” said UNICEF executive director Henrietta Fore in a statement.

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