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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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26 May 2011

Carbon Positive [website of initiative]

Author: UK Committee for UNICEF

UNICEF is helping children adapt to climate change with skills, knowledge and tools. Children can be taught to prepare for extreme weather events, schools can be built to withstand these and rainwater harvesting can ensure children have access to...

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27 May 2011

[PDF] Climate Change, Child Rights and Intergenerational Justice

Author: Institute of Development Studies

The response to climate change will profoundly affect the quality of life of future generations of children...Governments, business and individuals must reduce greenhouse gas emissions and transfer resources to support climate adaptation because they...

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27 May 2011

[PDF] Climate change and children: A human security challenge

Author: UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre

The evidence presented in this review confirms the centrality of children and their unique vulnerabilities to global, national and subnational policies and frameworks on climate change and human security...A coherent, cooperative partnership between...

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27 May 2011

[PDF] Our climate, our children, our responsibility: The implications of climate change for the world’s children

Author: UK Committee for UNICEF

Climate change will have an overall adverse impact on livelihoods, and thence on all [Millenium Development Goals] relating to children, including health, education and gender equality...Tackling the drivers and impacts of climate change is a...

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27 May 2011

Businesses Call For Action On Climate Change

Author: World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF)

On September 9, 2009, twelve major U.S. companies delivered an open letter to the U.S. Senate urging legislators to pass comprehensive climate change legislation that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, drive investment in technological innovation...

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12 September 2011

Businesses must take the initiative in dealing with disaster

Author: Lord Ashdown, UNICEF UK in Guardian [UK]

The business community can play a key role in building the resilience of communities, preventing the next extreme weather event from being a major disaster, and creating huge social, economic and environmental benefit at little cost...So how should...

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31 July 2015

Malawi: Columnist writes on tobacco industry's impact on environment & food production; Philip Morris comments

Author: John Vidal, in The Guardian (UK)

"Malawi's forests going up in smoke as tobacco industry takes heavy toll"...

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10 August 2015

Africa's vast oil discoveries may have to remain unexploited to halt global warming, says columnist

Author: Christine Mungai, Mail & Guardian Africa (So. Africa)

"'Unburnable carbon': Africa has hit big oil and gas recently but, alas, it may have to remain in the ground"...

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19 August 2015

Uganda: Climate change expert warns oil production will exacerbate climate change

Author: Francis Emorut, New Vision (Uganda)

"Oil production to increase carbon emissions - experts"...

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28 August 2015

The Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa calls for mining that does not undermine livelihoods & benefits local communities

Author: The Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa(AFSA)

"African Civil Society Says No to Mining – Yes to Life!"...

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