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
Author: Kim Harrisberg, Thomson Reuters
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NGOs call for action against fossil fuel influence as oil and gas companies’ EU lobbying spending is revealed
Author: Sandra Laville, The Guardian
"Fossil fuel big five 'spent €251m lobbying EU' since 2010", 24 October 2019...
Report shows 20 fossil fuel companies responsible for over one-third of carbon emissions & climate crisis
Author: Matthew Taylor & Jonathan Watts, Guardian (UK)
"Revealed: the 20 firms behind a third of all carbon emissions", 9 October 2019...
- Related in-depth areas: Climate change Environment
- Related companies: Abu Dhabi National Oil Co BHP Billiton BP Chevron China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) Coal India (CIL) ConocoPhillips ExxonMobil Gazprom Iraq National Oil Company Kuwait Petroleum Corporation National Iranian Oil Co PDVSA (Petróleos de Venezuela) Peabody Energy Pemex Petrobras PetroChina (part of China National Petroleum Corporation) Royal Dutch / Shell (see Shell) Saudi Aramco Shell Sonatrach Total
Author: Investing in a Just Transition initiative (London School of Economics, Harvard Kennedy School) with Univ. of Leeds
"Financing inclusive climate action in the UK: An investor roadmap for the just transition", 1 October 2019...
Author: Helen Booth-Tobin, Ceres
Eleven leading environmental and sustainable business organizations published an open letter... urging the CEOs of Corporate America to step up their engagement on climate policy... [T]he organizations call on businesses to adopt a science-based...
USA: Google has contributed to organisations against climate action despite support for addressing the climate crisis
Author: Stephanie Kirchgaessner, The Guardian
"Revealed: Google made large contributions to climate change deniers", 11 October 2019...
Author: Busani Bafana, Inter Press Service
"Africa’s Mineral Wealth May Just have to Stay in the Ground to Protect a Changing Climate"...
African Development Bank to stop funding coal projects and support countries transition to renewable energy
Author: African Development Bank
"No room for coal in Africa’s renewable future: Akinwumi Adesina"...
- Related in-depth areas: Climate change
Author: Ghana News Agency
‘Desist from acts that fuel environmental degradation - NCCE boss’ 24 September 2019...
- Related in-depth areas: Climate change