According to the report released by UNICEF, children living in the Central African Republic, Chad, Nigeria, Guinea and the Republic of Guinea-Bissau; are among the groups most threatened by climate change, health, education and security issues.
UNICEF announced that the report “The climate crisis is a crisis of children’s rights” is the first report written from the perspective of children in the context of the climate crisis. In the report, while 1 billion of the 2.2 billion children in the world are described as “at extremely high risk”; These children were reported to live in at least one of the 33 countries. In the report, it was stated that children are “at extremely high risk” due to their lack of access to basic services such as health, clean water, education and exposure to multiple. environmental and climatic crises.
“TABLE, INCREDIBLY HORRIBLE”
“For the first time, we have a complete picture of where and how children are vulnerable to climate change, and the picture is almost unimaginably gruesome,” said Henrietta Fore of UNICEF. Climatic and environmental crises; It violates all children’s rights, from access to clean air, to food and to drinking water. It harms education, housing, exploitation, freedom and even survival rights. It will affect the life of almost every child. Stating that children have been calling for action against these issues for three years, Fore said climate change is a child rights crisis and they support UNICEF’s call for children to act on it. crisis.
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According to the data of the report, it is indicated that almost all children are threatened by the climatic and environmental problems mentioned; It has been stated that 820 million children are exposed to high levels of heat waves and 920 million children are exposed to high water scarcity. In addition, it has been reported that one billion children live under the influence of extremely high levels of air pollution. On the other hand, these crises included natural disasters such as floods, storms and typhoons, as well as epidemics. Stating that climate change is extremely unfair, Fore said that no child is responsible for the rise in global temperatures, but that they will be the most at risk. Fore stressed that it was not yet too late to act against climate change and that the living conditions of children and access to basic services must be improved.
CALL “INCLUDE YOUNG PEOPLE IN THE FIGHT”
On the other hand, in the UNICEF appeal to governments, businesses and relevant stakeholders at the end of the report, it was stated that investments in basic services for children should be increased to address climate change. In the appeal it was emphasized that greenhouse gas emissions should be reduced, climate education and awareness should be provided, which is essential for children to adapt to climate change and prepare. to the effects of climate change, and that young people should be included in meetings and conferences related to the climate crisis.