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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30 November 2009

Climate change 'could kill 400,000 children every year'

Author: Louise Gray, Telegraph [Uk]

...Climate change will...make it more difficult for children to attend school in affected areas and the charity warns of a rise in child labour in countries like Bangladesh as families struggle to survive...Alora Serdous, an emergency co-ordinator for...

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30 September 2009

By 2050, 25m more children will go hungry as climate change leads to food crisis

Author: Suzanne Goldenberg, The Guardian [UK]

If global warming goes unchecked, all regions of the world will be affected, but the most vulnerable – south Asia and sub-Saharan Africa – will be hit hardest by failing crop yields, according to the report, prepared by the International Food Policy...

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2 May 2009

Women, children feeling effects of climate change

Author: The Gleaner [Jamaica]

The lives of women and children are particularly being affected by the growing problem of climate change [according to Jamaica's] Deputy Resident Representative of [UNDP], Akiko Fujii...Fujii pointed out that about 50 per cent of children born in...

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28 July 2008

Beware your children: They might be 'Climate Cops'

Author: WorldNetDaily [USA]

A new website campaign designed by a British power company recruits children through games, badges and cartoons to enlist as "Climate Cops," actively keeping records on their parents and neighbors for violations of "energy crimes" against the planet.....

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10 June 2008

Papua New Guinea: The World's First Climate Change 'Refugees'

Author: Integrated Regional Information Networks in Worldpress

The 1,500 residents of Carteret Island...are fast becoming the world's first climate change refugees. Sea levels around the atoll have risen 10 centimeters in the past 20 years, inundating plantations, and the situation is deteriorating...[Islanders]...

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29 April 2008

'Climate change will hit vulnerable children'

Author: Paul Eccleston, The Telegraph (UK)

A new report from UNICEF UK...calls on the Government to make children a priority and says UK companies must play their part by cutting CO2 emissions and contributing more to the costs of adapting to climate change...The report highlights some of the...

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26 October 2015

Uganda: Local mayor to work with businesses to make district 100% renewable energy-dependent by 2020

Author: Godfrey Baluku Kime (Mayor of Kasese, Uganda), in The Guardian

"Ugandan mayor: My district will be 100% renewable by 2020"...

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