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Youth Takes: Climate Change and Mental Health

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  • In this short video, several youths discuss their experiences with climate anxiety and give advice to anyone who may feel similarly.
  • The participants highlight the importance of talking about climate anxiety, having a community, taking action, and avoiding burnout.
Teaching Tips


  • Discussing climate anxiety is essential for any students learning about climate change or engaging in activism.
  • Students are provided with constructive and accessible advice for dealing with climate anxiety.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Although the content of the video is likely applicable to many people globally, the youth in the video are all based in the United States.
  • This resource requires access to the Internet.


  • The video mentions burnout, which the teacher can expand on in class, ideally also discussing ways to avoid burnout.
  • Educators can help students address climate anxiety by taking their class outdoors, having students write journal entries, and engaging students in climate or environmental action.
  • Use this video and podcast to learn more about how to cope with climate anxiety.
Scientist Notes
This brief video discusses the emotional, psychological, and social well-being of youth across the country. This video would be a great addition to a classroom discussion about the effects of climate change and how an uncertain future can make the youth of the world feel.
  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • Dimension 4: Taking Informed Action
      • D4.7.6-8 Assess their individual and collective capacities to take action to address local, regional, and global problems, taking into account a range of possible levers of power, strategies, and potential outcomes.
      • D4.7.9-12 Assess options for individual and collective action to address local, regional, and global problems by engaging in self-reflection, strategy identification, and complex causal reasoning.
  • Common Core English Language Arts Standards (CCSS.ELA)
    • Speaking & Listening (K-12)
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.6.2 Interpret information presented in diverse media and formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) and explain how it contributes to a topic, text, or issue under study.
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