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”.
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
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.
Related stories and components
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InfluenceMap report alleges misleading climate-related branding & lobbying by major oil & gas companies; BP, Chevron, ExxonMobil, Shell & Total responded
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Earthworks releases report on the environmental and human impacts of rising mineral demand for renewable energy
Author: Earthworks, UTS ISF
"REPORT: Clean Energy Must Not Rely on Dirty Mining", 17 April 2019....
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"No Tomorrow, Part One: Gwede Mantashe, climate suicide & the ANC’s 2019 election manifesto"...
So. Africa: Major banks pulling out of funding coal-fired plants due to environmental & social concerns
Author: Amanda Watson, The Citizen (South Africa)
‘Standard Bank joins banks not financing ‘dirty’ coal-fired power plants’ ...
World Meteorological Organization reports shows increased global temperature & extreme weather affecting lives & sustainable development worldwide
This publication marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of the WMO Statement on the State of the Global Climate, which was first issued in 1994... It complements the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) five-to-seven year reporting cycle in...
Report analyses role of human rights treaty bodies in enforcing States' duty to protect people from adverse impacts of climate change
In 2018, the human rights treaty bodies of the United Nations (UN) made an unprecedented number of recommendations to States concerning their legal obligations to protect people from the adverse impacts of climate change, according to a new report by...