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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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Article
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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Article
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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Article
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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Article
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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Article
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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Article
1 December 2010

Child labour most widespread in the key emerging economies – Climate change will push more children into work

Author: Maplecroft

The Child Labour Index and map, produced by global risks advisory firm Maplecroft, rates 68 countries as ‘extreme risk’ with Bangladesh, China, India, Nigeria and Pakistan amongst those with the most widespread abuses of child workers...Vulnerability...

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Article
16 June 2010

Eco-Cooking Eases Climate Change in the Third World

Author: Cassie Ryan, The Epoch Times [USA]

[C]arbon-negative projects are successfully linking with local governments and the private sector to stimulate sustainable initiatives [and provide alternatives to their reliance on firewood and charcoal in third world countries]...[For example, solar...

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Article
8 April 2010

Carbon Positive: a chance to protect children affected by climate change

Author: Paddy Ashdown, The Guardian [UK]

Unicef's new scheme urges businesses to go beyond simply reducing their emissions and to take a lead in tackling climate change...[F]ar away from the bright lights of the high street, in some of the most fragile communities in the world, you will find...

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Article
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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Article
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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