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.