Feelings about climate change
As you learn more about climate change and listen to answers by climate experts, you will probably experience lots of different kinds of feelings, some of which can be difficult. This is OK and very normal.
Sometimes our feelings can be uncomfortable, and they can become overwhelming. At these times, we need to find ways to bring our feelings back to a healthy balance.
Taking care of yourself
As you learn more, and listen to experts on climate change, we encourage you to find space to recognise and explore your feelings.
This could be through things like journaling, drawing, singing, writing, climbing a tree, going for a walk or talking through your feelings with trusted adults or peers.
Asking for help
You might also find it useful to reach out to other people who have similar thoughts and feelings about climate change and find ways that you can work together to help each other work for a safer climate.
If you are feeling really overwhelmed, find an adult you trust to talk to. This could be a parent or guardian, a teacher, social worker, a relative or your doctor. If you need someone to talk to straight away you can go to Kids Helpline https://kidshelpline.com.au/ or call 1800 55 1800.
A note for educators
Validate students' feelings
Help your students realise that these feelings are normal and healthy and that others share them as well.
Support them. This could be by doing an activity as a class, going for a walk together, or having some time to journal or draw in response to listening to the climate change experts. Take time with your class to recognise feelings that you share.
Empower students to become part of collective solutions
You can remind them there are many people who care and are committed to making the world healthier and safer and they can be a part of that too. Perhaps explore, as a class or school, actions you can take, do some research together about different groups working to make the climate safer that staff and students could join, or learn more about actions students can do at home or in their communities and clubs.