Children of climate change

The children of our planet are becoming the unintended casualties of climate change. Save the Children’s recent data analysis sheds light on a distressing reality that more than 27 million children faced hunger and malnutrition in 2022 due to extreme weather events, marking a staggering 135% increase from the previous year. Moreover, the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) scale paints a grim picture. Across 12 nations heavily impacted by extreme weather events, children account for nearly half of the 57 million people thrust into acute food insecurity or worse. The Horn of Africa, with Ethiopia and Somalia at its centre, bears a disproportionate burden, while Pakistan grapples with the aftermath of devastating floods that affected 33 million people, half of them children.

Addressing the urgent needs of children suffering from the impacts of climate change demands a comprehensive and compassionate approach. Immediate humanitarian aid, focusing on basic essentials is crucial for those facing acute malnutrition and health risks. Establishing robust healthcare systems, providing educational support and offering psychosocial assistance are also essential components. Additionally, tailored climate adaptation strategies, especially in climate-vulnerable areas, have become an imperative. The Loss and Damage Fund also emerges as a non-negotiable lifeline for these children but it demands robust support from world leaders. They must realise that children are the agents of change.

As we delve into the discussions and negotiations at COP28, let us not forget innocent children are grappling with the repercussions of decisions made by previous generations. The urgency is palpable, and the responsibility is collective. Climate finance must be increased, addressing losses and damages for developing countries. World leaders must commit to limiting global warming to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels. The children of climate change are counting on us. Let us not fail them.

Published in Other View , December 3rd, 2023.

Like Opinion & Editorial on Facebook, follow @otherviewcom on Twitter to receive all updates on all our daily pieces.


Leave a Comment