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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16 January 2018

Kenya: UN experts call for respect of indigenous peoples' rights in implementing EU-funded climate change mitigation project

Author: John H. Knox, Michel Forst & Victoria Tauli-Corpuz (UN Special Rapporteurs)

“Indigenous rights must be respected during Kenya climate change project, say UN experts"...

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15 December 2017

Cocoa industry linked to illegal deforestation in Côte d'Ivoire & Ghana

In 2017, an investigation by the environmental campaigning group, Mighty Earth led to the release of “Chocolate’s Dark Secret” - a report which alleged that a large amount of the cocoa used in chocolate produced by Mars, Nestle, Hershey’s, Godiva, and...

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12 November 2017

Australia: Pacific Islanders call on Australian govt. to not fund Adani coalmine; climate change concerns cited

Author: Naaman Zhou, Guardian (Aus)

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24 October 2017

So. Africa's Standard Bank will not finance Kenya coal project opposed by activists due to potential negative impacts

Author: Save Lamu Campaign, in Greenpeace Africa (So. Africa)

"Standard Bank Sets The Record Straight on Financing Lamu"...

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17 October 2017

Australia: Adani mega coal mine proposals under scrutiny amid climate change concerns

Author: Jacqueline Williams, New York Times

"Australia Debates: Does a Warming Planet Really Need More Coal?", 14 October 2017...

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28 August 2017

Kenya: Locals communities should be consulted & benefit from renewable energy project, says columnist

Author: Ikal Ang'elei, (Director, Friends of Lake Turkana) in Heinrich Böll Stiftung (Kenya)

"When Clean Energy Gets Dirty: Experiences from Kenya"...

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21 August 2017

Social & environmental impact assessments to be carried out for Japan-Africa Energy Initiative projects

Author: Allan Olingo, The EastAfrican (Kenya)

"AfDB is investing in a new initiative to power Africa by 2025"...

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24 July 2017

Editorial: Financial institutions should combat climate change by "aligning their business to environmental sustainability"

Author: Joshua Oigara (CEO & Managing Director of KCB Group) in Daily Nation (Kenya)

"On climate change, we’re now living on borrowed time"...

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19 June 2017

Kenya moving towards total reliance on renewable energy & proposed coal plant does not make ecological & economic sense, says economist

Author: David Ndii, Daily Nation (Kenya)

"Political economy of Lamu coal plant and why we don’t need it"...

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12 June 2017

Kenya: Proposed coal plant's impacts on human health & environment make it a less attractive energy option, says columnist

Author: The Guardian (Nigeria)

"Lamu coal plant doesn’t make sense as Kenya has better energy options"...

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