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: Deutsche Welle
"Kenya: Solar motorcycles take on Nairobi smog"...
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Indigenous communities on the frontlines of climate-forced displacement call upon world leaders to address climate crisis
Author: Unitarian Universalist Service Committee
"In the last 10 years, millions of people have been displaced due to the impacts of climate change. Rising seas, melting permafrost, erosion, and flooding are causing entire communities to relocate....
Environmental campaigners say cocoa industry not meeting deforestation pledges in Ghana & Ivory Coast
Author: Ruth Maclean, The Guardian
"Africa cocoa industry failing on deforestation pledge - campaigners", 7 December 2018....
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China will not require a gas bridge between coal and renewables, finds China Renewable Energy Outlook report
Author: Becky Beetz, PV Magazine
" 'The single most important step now is to reduce coal consumption in China,' state the authors of the 2018 CREO, which has been published today on the sidelines of COP 24 in Katowice, Poland. Its key recommendations are simple: rapidly phase out coal...
Student competition: What recommendations should the Philippine Human Rights Commission give as a result of the Carbon Majors inquiry? (due 1 March 2019)
Author: Environmental Science for Social Change
The Commission on Human Rights of the Philippines is currently conducting an inquiry to determine the impact of climate change on the enjoyment of human rights in the Philippines and the responsibility of the world’s largest fossil fuel producers in t...
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Author: Amnesty International
"At least 13 staff members and activists of environmental organizations were refused entry to Poland over the weekend during the UN Conference on Climate Change, COP24, held in Katowice. In addition, three staff members of environmental organizations...
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Author: Investing in a Just Transition Project
"As investors with a requirement to act in the best interest of our beneficiaries and in line with our fiduciary duties, we believe that strategies to tackle climate change need to incorporate the full environmental, social and governance (ESG)...
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Author: Alliance of CEO Climate Leaders
"...In 2015, our coalition the Alliance of CEO Climate Leaders – an informal group, facilitated by the World Economic Forum, of major global businesses from a range of sectors – called on governments to reach an ambitious climate deal, aligned with th...
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Global Coal Exit List identifies 282 companies planning to build new coal-fired power stations, calls for impact divesting
"...The GCEL provides key statistics on companies’ annual coal production and coal share of revenue, their installed coal-fired capacity and coal share of power production. These statistics were drawn from original company sources such as annual...
International Labour Organization (ILO) maps how green jobs benefit workers and economies, mitigate climate change, prevent health & safety risks and increase productivity
Author: International Labour Organization
"...Some 23 countries have decoupled economic growth from GHG emissions as a result of the increased use of renewable energy, carbon pricing, green product subsidies and green jobs, among other policies. Environmental sustainability can be achieved...