'School children are developing 'eco-anxiety' as climate change continues to dominate the news agenda, a leading psychologist has claimed.
The panic sparked by the climate change debate has raised fears that the mental wellbeing of young people is suffering.
Child psychologist Andrew Greenfield explained that 'eco-anxiety' comes from young people feeling 'helpless' about the environment.
'[Eco-anxiety] is some form of anxiety about where the world is heading when it comes to climate change,' he told Daily Mail Australia.
'To some degree, the anxiety stems from kids lack of ability to control what is happening.
'They want change but they feel helpless to some degree to be able to get that change.'
More than 300,000 protesters in 110 towns and cities across Australia flooded the streets last Friday for the Global Strike 4 Climate.
The worldwide demonstrations were inspired by teenage environmental activist Greta Thunberg, who first made headlines for a one-person climate strike outside the Swedish parliament a year ago.
Speaking about the protests, Mr Greenfield said it was important children stood up for their beliefs but also stressed concerns about the implications.'
Read more: The devastating rise of 'eco-anxiety': Psychologist says schoolkids are being damaged by the climate change debate
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