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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Report
7 November 2018

Full scorecard

Author: Union of Concerned Scientists

"Fossil fuel companies are facing increasing shareholder, legal and political pressure to stop spreading climate disinformation and to fix their business plans to achieve dramatic reductions in global warming emissions. While some companies are...

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Company non-response
6 November 2018

Arch Coal did not respond

Arch Coal did not respond to allegations that their efforts are insufficient to prevent the worst impacts of climate change.

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Company response
6 November 2018

BP responds

“The transition to a low carbon economy is one of the great challenges of our time. BP is dedicated to being part of the solution. In our recent report, Advancing the Energy Transition, we reaffirm our commitment to advance the energy transition and...

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Company non-response
6 November 2018

Chevron did not respond

Chevron did not respond to allegations that their efforts are insufficient to prevent the worst impacts of climate change.

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Story
6 November 2018

Climate Accountability Scorecard: Assessment finds 8 major fossil fuel companies fail to adequately plan for low-carbon world

"Fossil fuel companies are facing increasing shareholder, legal and political pressure to stop spreading climate disinformation and to fix their business plans to achieve dramatic reductions in global warming emissions. While some companies are respon...

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Company non-response
6 November 2018

ConocoPhillips did not respond

ConocoPhillips did not respond to allegations that their efforts are insufficient to prevent the worst impacts of climate change.

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Company response
6 November 2018

Consol Energy responds

“The Union of Concerned Scientists’ recently-issued “Climate Accountability Scorecard,” which references CONSOL Energy Inc., appears to provide a subjective assessment based on a limited comparison of information on the Company’s website to...

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Company non-response
6 November 2018

ExxonMobil did not respond

ExxonMobil did not respond to allegations that their efforts are insufficient to prevent the worst impacts of climate change.

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Company response
6 November 2018

Peabody Energy responds

"Peabody believes that coal is a key contributor to affordable, reliable energy and fossil fuels will continue to play a significant role in the global energy mix. The company also recognizes that these fuels contribute to greenhouse gas emissions, and...

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Company response
6 November 2018

Shell responds

"Shell has responded to the UCS request for information, and in keeping with their request for publicly accessible information, we directed them to a link to our public website that covers the topics in their questionnaire, including our Greenhouse gas...

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