OPINION | Alet Law: Earth is changing in terrifying ways. How to calm your climate anxiety

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A recent study done in the US shows that  climate change is causing feelings of loss, helplessness, and frustration due to their inability to feel like they are making a difference in stopping climate change.
A recent study done in the US shows that climate change is causing feelings of loss, helplessness, and frustration due to their inability to feel like they are making a difference in stopping climate change.
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More and more people are suffering from what scientists have labelled eco-anxiety. While the planet is changing in terrifying ways, the challenge is not to become paralysed by the weight of the moment, writes Alet Law.

In late 2019, I interviewed a young climate activist for a global academic project I was part of to research the youth's response to climate change. The young woman, 18 years old at the time, played a leading role in the local youth protests to Parliament, which had attracted around 3 000 young people at their height in September.

She was impressively well-versed in South African climate politics, but as I pushed her on everything from the science to the policies required to stem global warming, it struck me: this girl was terrified.

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