After the hellish heatwaves of last summer, which soared to a record-breaking 40C, two-thirds of people living in Britain are experiencing anxiety about climate change.
It was 2 degrees below zero when Londoners woke up this morning. No doubt, some would’ve uttered anticipatory wishes for the warmer winds of spring and summer as they stepped out for school and work.
But as it turns out, the majority of us are still scarred by the blazing heat waves of 2022. Like the rest of Europe, the UK experienced record-breaking heatwaves that caused reduced public transport services, work-from-home orders from employers, and the death of at least 1,400 people.
Looking back on it, those weeks weren’t so pleasant. I mean, going to the park wasn’t even a vibe! Usual green spaces were totally brown due to the lack of rain and relief was hard to come by as the wind came to a standstill.
It shouldn’t be surprising that eco-anxiety is on the rise amongst Britons who experienced it. In a poll conducted by Friends of the Earth charity, more than two-thirds of people living in the UK say they are concerned about the future of the planet.
Over 40C in northern England. The biggest rivers is the world virtually disappeared. 20C for German new year. 1/3 of Pakistan underwater. Horn of Africa greatest drought & still people on here saying “climate change is fake” – or “it’s not happening” – wtf is it going to take?
— Peter Dynes (@PGDynes) January 18, 2023