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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Company response
6 November 2018

Peabody Energy responds

"Peabody believes that coal is a key contributor to affordable, reliable energy and fossil fuels will continue to play a significant role in the global energy mix. The company also recognizes that these fuels contribute to greenhouse gas emissions, and...

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Company response
6 November 2018

Shell responds

"Shell has responded to the UCS request for information, and in keeping with their request for publicly accessible information, we directed them to a link to our public website that covers the topics in their questionnaire, including our Greenhouse gas...

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7 November 2018

Full scorecard

Author: Union of Concerned Scientists

"Fossil fuel companies are facing increasing shareholder, legal and political pressure to stop spreading climate disinformation and to fix their business plans to achieve dramatic reductions in global warming emissions. While some companies are...

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5 December 2018

Call to end the Clean Development Mechanism in order to meet goals of the Paris Agreement

Author: Carbon Market Watch

"...If we are to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement, the CDM must not be allowed to undermine future efforts for the following three reasons:...

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5 December 2018

CARE keeps focus on women and girls in developing countries in its key demands for COP24

Author: CARE: Climate Change and Resilience Information Center

"The UN climate change summit, COP24, comes at a critical time, only weeks after the most recent Special Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) made it clear that much greater and quicker action to reduce greenhouse gas...

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5 December 2018

Schedule of Events: Human Rights and Climate Change at COP24

"This schedule lists events related to human rights and climate change organised during the COP-24 in Katowice, whether in the UNFCCC venue or outside..."

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5 December 2018

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights stands ready to provide guidance on the protection of human rights in climate action

Author: Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

"...We know that the sum total of States' current nationally determined contributions put us on track for roughly 3*C of warming, more than twice the target the international community agreed to pursue efforts to reach three years ago in Paris....

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5 December 2018

Youth delegation advances climate justice demands at COP24

Author: Kate Wheeling, Pacific Standard

"Long frustrated by the slow pace of climate action and what they view as the tendency among the United Nations' members to cave to industry interests, the gathered activists found little to be optimistic about in the opening ceremonies of the summit...

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10 December 2018

CEOs of 50 companies sign open letter appealing to world leaders to urgently address climate change

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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10 December 2018

Global Coal Exit List identifies 282 companies planning to build new coal-fired power stations, calls for impact divesting

Author: Urgewald

"...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...

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