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Concerns over climate change, racism and social justice affecting Gen Z’s physical and mental health

As Earth Day is celebrated, Generation Z is grappling with the health of the planet and racism and social justice, according to a new survey.

More than eight out of 10 young Americans say they are concerned about the health of the planet, according to the Blue Shield of California NextGen Climate Survey which polled participants between the ages of 14-24.

When asked about which issue concerned them the most, the environment and climate change had the second-highest percentage at 47%, behind racism and social justice at 62%.

Black climate change activist Aniya Butler,15, feels the burden of both topics.

“This country has been founded on these unsustainable foundations of systems of oppression like white supremacy, colonialism, capitalism,” Butler said. “Climate change intersects with all movements inside the social justice movement.”

Butler is the hip hop and climate justice initiative coordinator for the Youth Vs. Apocalypse organization , a diverse group of young climate justice activists based in California. She said being an activist and Black gives her motivation because climate change disproportionately affects Black communities. “State of the Air”: Over 4 of 10 Americans breathe polluted air, report says. And people of color are 61% more likely to be affected. Leader in […]

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