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We are witnessing the first signs of the climate crisis. While the word ‘crisis’ should jolt us awake, here’s another statistic: 75% of 10,000 youngsters reported that they thought the future is ‘frightening’. These are the findings of a study, published by The Lancet Planetary Health, which included respondents from Australia, Brazil, Finland, France, India, Nigeria, Philippines, Portugal, the UK, and the USA. More than 50% of the respondents reported feeling sad, anxious, angry, powerless, helpless, and guilty.

Climate change will permanently alter life as we know it. Global warming is leading to a planet that is not suitable for human beings to live on. This is frightening and the anxiety it is causing is valid. The scale of the crisis can make us feel powerless. But we cannot let despair overpower our potential and willingness to act.

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