The effects of climate change go beyond increasingly intense fires and floods. It is also having a psychological impact.
The Lancet Planetary Health Journal found an overwhelming majority of teenagers and young adults are sad, anxious or frightened by climate change — and don’t believe the government is doing enough to protect them.
These young people aren’t the only ones concerned. A new non-profit organization, The Potential Energy Coalition, discovered that over 60% of Americans are concerned by climate change. However, only 14% of Americans talk about it often.
John Marshall, CEO of Potential Energy Coalition said that in my case, it was my 17-year old son who made me do it. He said, “Dad, you’ve been in communication for 30 years, why not you help with this issue?” It is my belief that our younger generation will be more open to bringing about change.
The Potential Energy Coalition joined forces with Science Moms and the Ad Council to launch a new campaign that empowers parents to talk about climate change.
Science Moms, a group of climate scientists and mothers who want to empower, empower, and inspire moms through relatable info, is called Science Moms.
Melissa Burt, one the founders of Science Moms, stated that scientists’ communication has not always been perfect. “We use words that people don’t understand and so they push this to the side. ‘This doesn’t matter to me because I don’t know what you’re saying.’ We can give them the information and we can have a conversation about it.
Science Moms’ website has many resources, including books, videos, and tools for taking action on climate change.
Although the issue may seem complex, it is actually quite simple.
Burt stated, “I want all the moms and parents to join me on the front row seat to really make their voices heard and empower them to participate in that movement for change.” “We have all witnessed what has happened over the past several months with extreme heat, drought, water shortages, fires, floods, and other natural disasters. We have a limited window of time to act on climate change, but it is not too late.