We may be tempted not to talk about climate change with young people in order not to appear gloomy, but we are doing them a disservice:
A new global survey of 10000 young people aged 16 to 25 published in September illustrates the depth of anxiety many are feeling about climate change.
Nearly 60% of young people approached said they felt very worried or extremely worried. More than 45% of those questioned said feelings about the climate affected their daily lives. Three-quarters of them said they thought the future was frightening. Over half (56%) say they think humanity is doomed. Two-thirds reported feeling sad, afraid and anxious. Many felt fear, anger, despair, grief and shame - as well as hope.
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Earlier in the year BBC Newsround surveyed 2000 eight to 16 year olds, which showed young people were losing sleep due to climate anxiety.
Click here to see the results of the survey.
Clearly it is important to enable young people to talk about these things (see our conference session from Thoughtbox here). But we also need to enable them to take action to improve their futures. Below are two ideas of actions your school can take to enable young people to have more control over their environment and their futures.