It’s climate change a serious threat to humanity? Many people would say that the answer is obvious. Especially do young people feel hopeless. A recent research surveyed 10,000 young people aged 16 to 25 in 10 countries about their views on the subject. global warming. The results were disastrous. More than half said that “the people were in despair”; three out of four said the future was bleak; 55 percent said they would have less access compared to their parents; 52 percent said family security would be threatened; and 39 percent were reluctant to have children because of this. These trends were similar in rich and poor countries, large and small: from the United States and the United Kingdom to Brazil, the Philippines, India, and Nigeria.
Understandably, youths feel that way. I have been. Today, most of my work focuses on research, writing, and reflecting on climate change. But with that garden I was about to leave. When I first came out of university with a degree in natural sciences and climate change, it was hard to see that I could offer anything. I turned and walked back amid the anger and despair. All efforts have been in vain, and I almost gave up. Fortunately, my attitude changed. I’m glad it did. Not only did I continue to work during the season, but I also believe that my work has had the positive effects that it would have had if I had remained in my old mind. That’s why I believe that if we are to move forward with the weather, we need to get rid of this hopeless outfit.
Let’s face it: Climate change is one of the major challenges we face. It comes with a lot of risks — some definite, some uncertain — and we don’t go anywhere too quickly to reduce air emissions. But there seems to be a breakdown in communication of what our future involves. There is no weather scientist I know and trust — who truly knows its dangers more than anyone else — who will never forget the wonderful future. Most of them have children. In fact, they often have several. Young people, too. Now, having children is not an obvious requirement for making sound decisions. But it does show that those who spend a day each day learning about climate change are hoping for a better life for their children.
That’s why it worries me that so many young people today feel that way they it has no future. Many even stop having children. These ideas are not only reflected in research, but also in line with my own experience. I am in my twenties and I hear from my friends all the time. The issue of child rearing is doomed to failure.
One of the most recent and shocking examples of doomsday thoughts came from a group of young people advocating for the German election before the election. The group, which calls itself the Last Generation, went on hunger strike for almost a month. Many were hospitalized. One told her parents and friends that they would never see her again. One told the reporter that the famine was “nothing compared to what we would expect of a global climate crisis in 20 years.” I could not tell where this statement was coming from. Not from scientists. No credible person said that. Climate change will affect agriculture. In some areas, especially in the world’s poorest countries, this is a major concern. That’s why I spend most of my time working. But hunger all over Europe? Within 20 years?