As a middle school science teacher, I felt ready to teach students about climate change. I prepared hands-on activities demonstrating how greenhouse gases in the atmosphere trap heat. I found dozens of articles and videos discussing different ecosystem impacts and adaptation strategies.
What I was not prepared for was the strong emotional reactions of my students. Learning about climate change sent some students spiralling into cycles of anxiety, some even requiring clinical support. They asked questions about whether the world was ending and if we were all doomed.