Over recent years, terms such as “climate anxiety” and “eco-anxiety” have become more and more prominent. According to Pew Research Center, 51% of social media users said they felt anxious about the future after viewing climate content. That number goes up to 59% for millennials and 69% for Gen-Z. Today, we explore where this anxiety can come from, how it might manifest, and where we go from here. With special guest Marc Cortez: Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship and Technology Commercialization at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.
The Sweaty Penguin is presented by Peril and Promise: a public media initiative from The WNET Group in New York, reporting on the issues and solutions around climate change. You can learn more at pbs.org/perilandpromise.
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Writers: Ysabel Wulfing, Ethan Brown
Editor: Will Andronico
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Music: Brett Sawka
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