Facing our fears: Climate change and mental health
In the first of a series of articles looking at factors impacting on mental health, Laurence Wareing explores the scientific evidence for eco-anxiety, and how we might respond
Les and Christine Parker, environmental campaigners and guiding lights of Church by Nature in Sleaford, Lincolnshire, are among those who saw our climate crisis escalating before many others. They understand why it makes so many people – not least, young people – anxious.
‘Those of my generation have always said life will get better’, says Les – there’s been an unquestioned belief in the goodness of progress. ‘But not for our children and grandchildren. They are saying: What is the future? What will happen?’….
Laurence Wareing is Content Editor for Reform
This is an extract from an article published in the March 2022 edition of Reform