Even with 20 years of experience in environmental advocacy under my belt, it was an intense conversation for me. And when I started asking other parents of teens, I quickly realized they were having similar ones with their kids.
Gen-Z'ers are reminding us that it's high time to take action.
From basing decisions on where to go to college on the potential for climate-induced wildfires and floods to a general fear that the planet won't be habitable soon, my daughters and many of their peers suffer from "eco-anxiety," which the American Psychological Association now defines as "the fear of chronic environmental doom."
It's not just them and Swedish activist Greta Thunberg: Agrowing number of young people are feeling it. Generation Z kids, born after 1997, consider climate change the biggest threat to the world, according to a 2019 Amnesty International survey, and a Washington Post pollfound that 1 in 4 Gen-Z'ers have taken action on climate.