Better Save-the-Planet Pedagogy

“Eco-anxiety” or “climate depression” are real threats to children’s mental health. 57% of American teens report being scared by climate change and 52% report anger, according to a Washington Post-Kaiser Family Foundation poll released last fall. 

While some states (Florida and Texas) have considered removing climate change from the curriculum, others are adopting standards to include it. Specialists recommend tempering catastrophe by incorporating action items that “emphasize personal responsibility and empowerment” like eating less meat or turning out lights.

“What people need to understand is that there are extreme scenarios .... and they are not the same thing as predictive science,” says climate scientist Kate Marvel. 

The Washington Post

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