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The impact of climate anxiety in family formation in Europe

January 31 | 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

“There is an urgent need for further research into the emotional impact of climate change on children and young people.”

To actively engage with this issue, the International Federation for Family Development (IFFD) is orchestrating a series of events aimed at soliciting the perspectives of youth from around the world. Recognizing that young people are the architects of their own future, these initiatives empower them to learn, deliberate, and make decisions that will shape their destinies. It is our firm belief that by affording the youth a voice in shaping their world, we nurture their passion for effecting positive change from a young age. This, in turn, contributes to the cultivation of future leaders who are committed to making a difference in our global society.

The conclusions and final recommendations of the event will be made public at the 2024 IFFD Briefing during the 62nd Session of the Commission For Social Development at the United Nations Headquarters in New York (5 to 14 February 2024). The Commission will also celebrate the thirtieth anniversary of the International Year of the Family.


1.- The call for groups of 4-8 young people or individuals aged 18-34 is now open to submit a proposal for a statement on one or several of the discussion points above.

2.- Registration for each group member must be completed at this link before January 20th.

3.- Participation in the event can be in person or online.

4.- Each group will have the opportunity to present their statement at the event through the designated representative registered.

5.- In case more than 8 groups complete their registration, some of them can be asked to do a joint statement and geographical distribution will be prioritized.

The statements should be configured as advocacy plans, including the following contents:

1. Establish measurable objectives.

2. Define key messages.

3. Determine the communication activities to deliver key messages.

4. Decide what resources are necessary to complete each activity.

5. Establish a timeline and responsible party for each activity.

6. Fix how to evaluate whether you have reached your objectives.


1.- Why are young people (18-34) more worried about climate change than adults aged 55 or older?

2.- Why do one-third or more young people think a couple should consider climate change when deciding whether to have children?

3.- How does having a child result in considerable emissions of CO2 per year?

4.- Why have so many joined campaigns pledging to not have kids until the governments take more action to combat climate change?

5.- How does climate change pose a risk to long-lasting mental health problems?

6.- Can it be that young people are not having children for the simple reason of not wanting them?

7.- Are young people too worried about the environment to have children or more worried about the environment after having children?

8.- What are the ethical, environmental, livelihood, and political considerations behind climate change concerns and reproductive decision-making?

9.- Can the need for an economy less hostile to young families be the real reason behind blaming climate anxiety for falling birth rates?

10.- Can children born today and in the future be disproportionately affected by climate change?

11.- Are levels of eco-anxiety growing, particularly among children and young people?

12.- Will climate change affect physical health, mental health, and social relations?


10.00 -13.00: LISZT INSTITUTE

Meeting of participants to review the Discussion Points and agree on the conclusions



Roberto Ciambetti

President of the Veneto Regional Council
Member of the European Committee of the Regions
Commission for Environment, Climate Change and Energy
and Commission for Natural Resources


Kinga Joó

Member of the European Economic and Social Committee
International Advisor to the President of the
National Association of Large Families of Hungary
President of the Social Responsibility Board at the
National Cooperation Fund of Hungary




Ignacio Socías

Director of International Relations
International Federation for Family Development


Emmanuel Pont

Author of ‘Faut-il arrêter de faire
des enfants pour sauver la planète?’


Edina Tóth

Member of the European Parliament
Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety
and Subcommittee on Public Health



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