August 30, 2021
By: Media

How the climate crisis affects our mental health

By Brandt Williams and Samantha Matsumoto
August 23, 2021

Listen to the full interview at MPR News

Earlier this month, the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change reported that “a hotter future is essentially locked in.” The news of the changing climate and its effects can have psychological impacts, which experts call “climate anxiety.”

According to recent studies, Millennials and members of Generation Z think and worry more about climate change than people in older generations.

Young people have grown up seeing the impacts of climate change, such as increasingly frequent and larger wildfires; extreme heat and drought; heavy rainfall and flooding.

Brandt Williams spoke with a professor of psychology who focuses on how climate change affects our mental health, and to two young people who are working towards a better outcome for the planet.