Corona pandemic: Ethics Council calls for attention to young people in crises

The German Ethics Council calls for a much greater focus on the needs of young people in social crises as a lesson learned from the heavy burdens of the corona pandemic.

Corona pandemic: Ethics Council calls for attention to young people in crises

The German Ethics Council calls for a much greater focus on the needs of young people in social crises as a lesson learned from the heavy burdens of the corona pandemic. Chairwoman Alena Buyx said in Berlin on Monday that there should be a rule: "How do we protect the young generations and how can we ensure that we don't burden them too much." In view of the "stacking" crises with the Ukraine war, inflation and climate change, this does not only affect health policy.

Buyx explained that younger generations have become minorities in society. This leads to the risk that they will fall behind in crisis management. "This must not happen." Specifically, this could also affect projects of the Ministry of Economics or the Environment, for example.

With a view to the solidarity of young people in the Corona crisis, Buyx said: "As a society, we not only owe children, young people and young adults gratitude and respect, but concrete action." In its recommendation, the Ethics Council, as an advisory body, calls for, among other things, a nationwide expansion of psychological and other support services.

Buyx again pointed out that the stresses young people had been exposed to had not been adequately appreciated - by the pandemic as an existential experience of a long-drawn-out, threatening crisis in itself, but also by containment measures. Younger people, who found themselves in dire straits as a result, would not have reliably received the necessary attention and support.

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