Thanks to climate change hysteria, some children find spending time in nature ‘distressing’

From Daily Mail: While most children benefit from having time outdoors, for some youngsters it is triggering feelings of anxiety and despair due to fears over climate change.

These ‘troubling emotions’ and their link to climate change have been studied by University of Colombia researchers for the British Ecological Society. In the first of its kind study to focus on children and teenagers connecting with nature, the team conducted a full review of other studies, articles and books.

Children and teenagers were triggered by the natural world and their inability to control what was happening to the ‘unravelling biosphere’, the team said.

The authors found that measures currently used to connect children to the natural world can help others cope with feelings of fear linked to climate change.

Within the past generation children’s lives have largely moved indoors with the loss of free-ranging exploration of the natural world, the team said. ‘In response, many conservation organisations advocate connecting children with nature, and there has been rising interest in measuring young people’s connectedness with nature,’ authors wrote.

The review found that connecting with nature has many positive benefits for the wellbeing of a young person including improving health and happiness.

However, it wasn’t universally positive, according to study author Dr Louise Chawla, who said connecting with nature was a ‘complex experience’ for many teenagers.

Many children know they are inheriting a changing world that is likely to get worse and this leads them to feelings of anxiety and despair, said Chawla.

That doesn’t mean it was all bad news, the team say that despite the strong emotions, there are significant benefits from being outdoors more often. ‘There is strong evidence that children are happier, healthier, function better, know more about the environment, and are more likely to take action to protect the natural world when they spend time in nature,’ Chawla said.

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1 month ago

Easy cure for that-Stop spouting the Left’s garbage about Global Warming,er,Global Cooling,uh-make that Climate Control. What makes ’em think this planet is THAT fragile? It’s been around for—longer than I can remember,been through everything that can be gone through,and STILL flourishes. This is a case of “If it’s working,don’t fix it.”

Dr. Eowyn
1 month ago

I feel so sorry for kids today, brainwashed and terrorized by the Left’s propaganda via their school teachers. But my sympathy stops short when I remind myself of the likes of Greta Thunberg and David Hogg.

1 month ago
Reply to  Dr. Eowyn

Dr. E…when I was a kid I got up & put my skate key around my neck & my street skates, a bag of jacks, jump rope & whatever else I’d need for a full day of activities, into my bike basket …& rode off to play all day until the street lights came on & I had to be home. Sadly, not even my own kids had this same sort of freedom to grow up (WITHOUT modern electronic devices & fear of pedophiles in the neighborhood ) tho’ they had far more than today’s children. 🙁 As a teacher,… Read more »