Billions of children across the globe are being exposed to “extremely high risk” from the effects of climate crisis and pollution.
According to a report from UNICEF, nearly half the world`s 2.2 billion children could suffer the effects of man-made climate. Children in countries including India, Nigeria, and the Philippines, and much of sub-Saharan Africa are already faced with some of these impacts.
Henrietta Fore, UNICEF Executive Director, noted, “For the first time, we have a complete picture of where and how children are vulnerable to climate change, and that picture is almost unimaginably dire.
“Climate and environmental shocks are undermining the complete spectrum of children’s rights, from access to clean air, food, and safe water; to education, housing, freedom from exploitation, and even their right to survive. Virtually no child’s life will be unaffected.”
Almost all the children across the world face threats from at least one of these impacts today, including heatwaves, floods, cyclones, disease, drought, and air pollution, the UNICEF report said.
Mitzi Jonelle Tan, a youth campaigner from the Philippines who also helped come up with the report, said: “One of the reasons I’m a climate activist is because I was born into climate change like so many of us have been.
“I have such vivid memories of doing my homework by the candlelight as typhoons raged outside, wiping out the electricity, and growing up being afraid of drowning in my own bedroom because I would wake up to a flooded room.”
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