‘Eco-anxiety’ is anxiety related to ecological disasters or threats to the natural environment such as pollution and climate change. Almost everyday, the media reports on extreme weather events such as record temperatures, forest fires or melting ice caps.

The media coverage of climate change leaves some children around the world feeling overwhelmed by the magnitude of the issue. Although this is raising awareness, it is also instilling fear. Adults and caregivers have a responsibility to instill hope and give children a clear vision for a positive future. Discussing the known facts and engaging them in conversations about how they feel, can often diffuse their anxiety. It is important to reassure children and perhaps engage them in social activities, like community gardens and recycling programs, to demonstrate how they can help curb the effects of climate change.

As parents and caregivers, it is important to understand how best to diffuse a child’s anxiety relating to impending environmental disasters. Discussing the known facts and instilling hope will give children a clear vision for a positive future. Reassurance about what countries and individuals are doing, and what you can do as a family, will go towards helping curb the effects of eco-anxiety.

In this month’s GIHS SchoolTV parents and caregivers will be provided with strategies on how to approach conversations on environmental issues that are age appropriate.

If you do have any concerns about the wellbeing of your child, please contact our School’s Wellbeing Team at wellbeing.team@gihs.sa.edu.au.

Here is the link to our School TV’s special report https://gihs.sa.schooltv.me/wellbeing_news/eco-anxiety