Exploring the hidden danger of climate anxiety
Climate anxiety is a chronic fear of environmental doom. While other anxiety could be solved by avoiding personal unsatisfactory situations, climate anxiety is towards climate change which cannot be solved instantly and could worsen in the future.
Is it good or bad?
Climate anxiety is complex. For some, climate anxiety can create barriers to engage in climate action, as people feel overwhelmed with negativity and struggle to enact real change. The sense of personal insignificance can also hinder engagement in climate action, as we are constantly bombarded with the sheer size of global issues, and we doubt our individual ability to help in some way. Thus, they choose to give up and are even afraid of talking about it, which in turn exacerbates climate anxiety.
However, in a good way, it could raise the awareness of people toward the climate crisis and could also be the driver for active participation in environmental activism.