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Stop Scaring Our Children!

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Some of the headlines I have been reading lately are:

  • Psychiatrists see escalation in kids’ anxiety…
  • ‘Constantly exposed to doomsday talk’ on global warming…
  • Scientists race to develop farm animals to survive climate change

Child psychiatrists, psychiatrists and teachers are saying they have seen a rise in the anxiety levels of today’s children.  Why?  Because they are are constantly exposed to doomsday talk about the destruction of our planet.

Dr. Anthony Levitt, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre’s director of research in the department of psychiatry stated that he agrees climate-change anxiety increasingly enters into the discussions he has with many of the young people who come to see him.  Dr. Levitt has also seen a small increase in climate-change-related anxiety in parents with younger children.

“For most people who are anxious about climate change, the anxiety is escalated by the fact they do not see an answer or a way to make a change. Worry plus powerlessness leads to distress,” says Levitt, who is also a professor in the psychiatry department at the University of Toronto.

Let us stop scaring our children with science that many scientist say has not been proven.

Leave our children alone and stop trying to indoctrinate them.

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