According to a study on the impacts of climate change by the Journal of Science, if the planet continues to warm on its current trajectory, the average 6-year old will live through roughly three times as many climate disasters as their grandparents.

Future generations will see twice as many wildfires, 3.4 times more river floods, 2.5 times more crop failures and 2.3 times as many droughts as someone born in 1960. Wim Thierry, lead author of the study, however, remains hopeful “We can still avoid the worst consequences, that is what gives me strength as a father. … Their future is in our hands.”

Our choices now will determine whether kids grow up in a world with four times as many heat waves or seven times as many heat waves, a world with occasional crop failures or chronic food shortages."

How we can help:

  • Experts say one way to help children cope with climate anxiety is to help them feel empowered to do something about it. The Save the Children report calls for communities, countries and global institutions like the U.N. to give young people a greater role in setting climate policy. Learn More Here 
  • Educate yourself and others! Earth Guardians inspires and trains diverse youth to be effective leaders in environmental, climate, and social justice movements. They provide free educational resources for children, learn more on their website.

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