Six children describe their feelings about the climate crisis

“Greenhouse gas emissions prevent global warming”, Shows 12-year-old Augustine. During the COP26 event, which kicks off in Glasgow (Scotland) on Monday, November 1, FranceInfo went to meet young people to explore their views on climate change. “A lot of things have changed in our environment over the years.”, Forward Roman, 14 years. “Global warming is caused by the electricity we produce”, Colas, in turn, tries to explain the 7-year-old.

At school, at home or on television, everyone has heard of climate change. “They don’t always understand the scientific details, but they know the big picture.”, Child psychiatrist Lelia Benoit, is currently conducting interviews with over a hundred children on the subject. Faced with this phenomenon, they are very worried about the future consequences. “It’s sad, especially when it comes to animals. They also feel anxious.”, The expert explains. “It will be very hot and desert. A lot of creatures will disappear and they are just as dangerous as us.”, Thus disturbed Arthur, 7 years. “If there are no more animal species, then how am I going to do my job?”, Miracles Augustine, “Biologist” Growing.

When the solution appears to them “Simple” – “Consume less”, “Stop polluting”, “Reduce your carbon footprint”, They alternately present – they do not understand the inaction of adults. “They don’t care, they have no interest in it and they think nothing dramatic is going to happen.”, Scolds Arthur. “They’re lazy, they’re too lazy to do it, but it’s for them! If we go to another planet in a few years, it’s their fault.”, Nene, accuses of being 8 years old.

Strict judgments that Lelia Benoit had no difficulty explaining: “As adults, we do things we should not do. Disagreement arises within us, it is a cognitive conflict. Children can not. One problem, we solve the problem, smoking kills, we do not smoke, the planet kills the car, we take the bike.”, She explains.

“Children are very willing to make difficult moral choices to get to the right places. They are very motivated about it.”

Lelia Benoit, pediatric psychiatrist

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To deal with this anxiety or this misunderstanding, the expert invites you to contact the little ones. “They need to know that their parents are aware of the problem and that they are involved in it.”, Lelia Benoit continues. There should not be a climate crisis “Prohibited Subject”. “It’s a painful, hard truth. As adults we have to go with them and talk to them about their feelings.”, She insists. The researcher also proposes to involve them in action to tackle climate change. “Individual actions help with environmental-concerns. But collective actions: doing things together with the family, with the community in the neighborhood, with their school … working together can be supportive and reassuring.”