Climate change and health concept Among Gen Zers in a recent survey, 32% have reported anxiety stemming from a natural disaster. (Image by Chris Nicholls)

If there’s one thing the past year has taught us, it’s the implications a global crisis can have on every aspect of our lives. Beyond the COVID pandemic, wildfires, severe storms and other natural (and some man-made) disasters have taken their toll on the environment and our economy–and even our health.

At least one generation is paying close attention. According to Blue Shield of California’s NextGen Climate Survey, 83% of Gen Zers are worried about the health of the planet, and 69% say the environment has an impact on their own health. In fact, 32% of respondents say that a non-COVID environmental event has impacted their ability to exercise outside in the past five years.

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Emily Payne

Emily Payne is the current deputy editor for ALM's Business & Finance Markets and former managing editor for BenefitsPRO. A Wisconsin native, she has spent the past decade writing and editing for various athletic and fitness publications. She holds an English degree and Business certificate from the University of Wisconsin.

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