THE CLIMATE CRISIS IS A CHILD RIGHTS CRISIS
The world is experiencing wide-scale destructive activities – like the use of fossil fuels and deforestation. These events are contributing to climate change and leading to extreme weather events. Droughts, floods, and wildfires are threatening the future for children. Their homes and schools are being destroyed. They are growing up in unhealthy environments. Their access to food is at risk. The vast majority of today’s global crises are driven by or exacerbated by climate change.
Children aren’t driving this crisis, but they are and will be most affected by its devastation.
Indigenous children in Canada are among those most affected by the climate crisis due to the legacy of colonialism, underfunding, and geographic location. Flooding, forest fires, ice melts, severe rainfall and extreme heat are an increasing threat to their safety and relationship to the land.
To limit the impact of climate change on the lives of millions of children, Save the Children is calling on governments and the international community to: