• Study surveyed 2,000 children in the UK from the ages of eight to 16
  • The poll found one in five are having bad dreams about climate change
  • Nearly 80% said the problem is very important to them
  • However, at least two in five do not trust adults to tackle the issues  

Gone are the days when children worried about monsters under their bed at night, now it is the climate crisis outside that is giving them nightmares.

A new survey reveals one in five children are having bad dreams about the environmental changes, with 17 percent reporting their concerns are affecting their sleeping and eating habits.

The poll also shows 80 percent say the problem was important to them and nearly half do not trust adults to tackle the long-term problems.

The study, conducted by BBC Newsround in collaboration with Savanta-ComRes, surveyed 2,000 children in the UK from the ages of eight to 16 in a bid to see just how the younger generation feels about the changes to our planet.

Over the past year, millions of young people have flooded the streets of cities around the world demanding political leaders take urgent steps to stop climate change, inspired by 17-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg.

The BBC Newsround conducted the new survey to know understand how the young generation feels about the impact climate change could have on their future.

The poll found that 73 percent of the participants are in constant worry about the planet’s current state, including 22 percent who are ‘very worried’.

Many adults have noted that the disastrous effects may not become a reality for many years, but it seems our children may be the ones to suffer the consequences.

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Stacy Liberatore – The Daily Mail – March 2, 2020.

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