Hope Yet: Centering Youth Voice in Climate Disruption

Youth voices in the climate change conversation

Today’s young people are trying to get our attention about climate change. Are we listening?

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KnowledgeWorks’ most recent forecast, Imagining Liberatory Education Futures, considers how the climate crisis, accelerating technologies and the fight for just societies, are leading us into a new era characterized by shared, existential challenges.

Anxious youth fight the climate crisis

The climate crisis strikingly affects the mental health of youth, with 84% moderately worried about it, 59% extremely worried and 45% saying it negatively impacts their everyday life and functioning. They are experiencing climate anxiety, also referred to as “eco-anxiety” and “solastalgia.”