Noosa’s research looks at the rise of eco-anxiety

An eco-anxiety research project from Central Queensland University in Noosa County aims to understand why people aged 18 to 35 suffer from ongoing feelings of hopelessness and hopelessness about the future due to change climate, and how they can overcome their concerns through action.

Recent statistics show that 75% of young Australians think their future is scary and 84% are worried about climate change.

Noosa Biosphere Reserve Foundation President Rowan Rafferty said this research could help provide answers on ways to improve well-being within our community.

“The Noosa Biosphere Reserve has recently experienced environmental disasters caused by climate change, from bush fires to heavy rains, which are likely to have a detrimental impact on the mental health and well-being of citizens, in particular of our young people,” Rafferty said.

“Our Foundation is proud to work with partners to support this research project to better understand how positive action and engagement can help improve mental health.”

With supporting partners, Noosa Council, Zero Emissions Noosa, Greenfleet and Noosa Landcare, NBRF funding will allow the 12-month project to assess the effectiveness of an intervention program to reduce levels of eco-anxiety .

Led by Annie Nolan, PhD student at Central Queensland University, the project team will engage 150 participants and assess the impact of their pro-environmental behavior on their levels of concern.

“Data collected via Headspace Australia revealed that a sudden spike in the incidence of emotional distress among people aged 18 to 35 was directly linked to growing anxiety over catastrophic global weather events,” said Miss Nolan.

“Planting trees is a positive action that can be taken relatively simply but is often overlooked in its importance in the fight against climate change.

“This study aims to determine whether participants’ concerns have changed as a result of their participation in a tree-planting event, which aims to plant enough trees to offset their car’s carbon emissions,” he said. she declared.

The tree planting event will take place in March and April. This will not only help the community of Noosa achieve its goal of zero emissions by 2026, but will also contribute to the revegetation and restoration of natural wildlife habitats.

The Noosa Biosphere Reserve Foundation will provide $10,000 to support the research.

To register your interest in Noosa’s next tree planting event, visit or email [email protected]

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