Climate change


Children as a group are particularly vulnerable to changes in their environment.  Climate change has the potential to severely impact their rights to life, health, education, water, food, shelter and culture, as well as other rights.  Climate change can also impact children from an inter-generational perspective; the effects of behaviour by today’s actors will be felt by today’s children and future generations. 

A selection of items on climate change and children is accessible below.

For further reports & articles on business and climate change, see the Resource Centre’s general section on climate change

Key reports & initiatives

Business must take the initiative in dealing with disaster

Lord Ashdown, UNICEF UK in Guardian (UK)
Business community can play key role in building resilience, preventing the next exreme weather from being a major disaster.

Climate change will push more children into work
Maplecroft, 1 Dec 2010

Carbon Positive: a chance to protect children affected by climate change
Paddy Ashdown, Guardian (UK), 8 April 2010
On a UNICEF initiative that “urges businesses to go beyond simply reducing their emissions and to take a lead in tackling climate change”.
   Carbon Positive
   UK Committee for UNICEF
   Includes a Business calculator for companies wanting to become “carbon positive”.

Climate Change, Child Rights and Intergenerational Justice
Institute of Development Studies, Nov 2009

Climate change and children: A human security challenge
UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre, Nov 2008

’Climate change will hit vulnerable children’
Paul Eccleston, Telegraph (UK), 29 Apr 2008
   Our climate, our children, our responsibility: The implications of climate change for the world’s children
   UK Committee for UNICEF, 2008

Case examples

Eco-Cooking Eases Climate Change in the Third World

Cassie Ryan, Epoch Times, 18 Jun 2010

Climate change ‘could kill 400,000 children every year’
Louise Gray, Telegraph (UK), 30 Nov 2009

By 2050, 25m more children will go hungry as climate change leads to food crisis
Suzanne Goldenberg, Guardian (UK), 30 Sep 2009

Business call for action on climate change
WWF, Sep 2009

Women, children feeling effects of climate change
Cleaner (Jamaica), 2 May 2009

Beware your children: They might be ‘Climate Cops’
WorldNetDaily, 28 Jul 2008

Papua New Guinea: The World’s First Climate Change ‘Refugees’
Integrated Regional Information Networks, in Worldpress, 11 Jun 2008
Women and children considered particularly vulnerable.

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11 September 2018
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Author: Nádia Pontes (Klamath, Califórnia), Deutsche Welle (Brazil/Germany/US)

“Indígenas das Américas se unem contra mudanças climáticasRecuperação de rio e manejo sustentável de florestas são prioridades para povo yurok, maior etnia da Califórnia. Em parceria com líderes da América Latina, eles buscam protagonismo no combate às...

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24 May 2018

Africa: NGO coalition urges AfDB to not to sacrifice 'people-centred climate-resilient development' in favour of private investors

Author: Coalition for Human Rights in Development

"Development, Gender, Energy and Accountability"...

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24 May 2018

So. Africa: NGO calls on Standard Bank shareholders to urge bank to stop funding coal power projects

Author: Centre for Environmental Rights (So. Africa)

"Why is Standard Bank still funding coal? Questions shareholders should ask at the bank's AGM ON 24 May 2018"...

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15 May 2018

Tanzania: Report says safari businesses complicit in intimidation, violent eviction & intimidation of indigenous Maasai; companies comments included

A new report by the Oakland Institute claims some safari businesses operating in Tanzania are complicity in human rights abuses against the Maasai indigenous community. These include intimidation, arrests, beatings and starvation. Thomson Safari denies...

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Company response
17 April 2018

Amu Power's response

Author: Amu Power

"Lamu coal-fired plant will accelerate local and regional growth while conserving the environment and driving socio-economic impact"...

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17 April 2018

Kenya: Lamu economy including fishing, tourism & agriculture threatened if Amu Power gets approval to establish coal plant, includes company response

The local economy in Lamu, driven by informal jobs in fishing, tourism and agriculture is face threat should Amu Power's proposed coal plant is given the green light. The Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited Amu Power to respond to...

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16 January 2018

Kenya: UN experts call for respect of indigenous peoples' rights in implementing EU-funded climate change mitigation project

Author: John H. Knox, Michel Forst & Victoria Tauli-Corpuz (UN Special Rapporteurs)

“Indigenous rights must be respected during Kenya climate change project, say UN experts"...

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12 November 2017

Australia: Pacific Islanders call on Australian govt. to not fund Adani coalmine; climate change concerns cited

Author: Naaman Zhou, Guardian (Aus)

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24 October 2017

So. Africa's Standard Bank will not finance Kenya coal project opposed by activists due to potential negative impacts

Author: Save Lamu Campaign, in Greenpeace Africa (So. Africa)

"Standard Bank Sets The Record Straight on Financing Lamu"...

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17 October 2017

Australia: Adani mega coal mine proposals under scrutiny amid climate change concerns

Author: Jacqueline Williams, New York Times

"Australia Debates: Does a Warming Planet Really Need More Coal?", 14 October 2017...

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