A new report from the United Nations shows that half of all children are at “extremely high risk” from the climate crisis. Half!
This means that children are at risk of suffering dire consequences from heatwaves, floods, drought, cyclones, air pollution. These things threaten all children but children in 33 countries are threatened by more than one of those things at the same time, namely India, the Philippines and sub-Saharan Africa.
It’s no longer a hypothetical question: What world do we leave our children? We now know the answer. “Virtually no child’s life will be unaffected,” Unicef director Henrietta Fore told The Guardian. “Children are uniquely vulnerable to climate hazards. Compared to adults, children require more food and water per unit of body weight and are less able to survive extreme weather events.”