MPR News with Angela Davis

The climate crisis is causing climate anxiety

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The sun rises above the Mississippi River valley at the start of another warm, hazy summer day on July 17, 2021, as seen from South St. Paul, Minn.
Andrew Krueger | MPR News 2021

The warming climate is making people anxious. The planet seems to be hurtling into an uncertain future and not enough is being done to stop it.  

A University of Minnesota survey showed that 76 percent of Minnesotans are concerned about climate change, and many of those people are now experiencing climate anxiety — with 30 percent of Generation Z regularly feeling anxious about the state of the climate.  

MPR News host Angela Davis will talk with a climate journalist from The Washington Post and an environmental studies professor from Macalester College about the link between climate change and mental health, and how to cope with climate anxiety.  

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MPR News host Angela Davis (left) talks with Christie Manning in an MPR News studio in the Kling Public Media Center in St. Paul on Wednesday.
Matt Alvarez

Guests:  

  • Christie Manning is an associate professor of environmental studies at Macalester College. Her research focuses on how people respond to the climate crisis, with a particular interest in the psychological circumstances that motivate community-level action.

  • Allyson Chiu is a reporter covering climate solutions for The Washington Post.

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