Effects of Climate Change on Children

Climate changes have been a topic of concern across the world. From Ozone depletion to melting of polar ice caps to increased levels of carbon dioxide in the air, we have plenty of reasons to worry.

Global warming

A report released by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in 2001 found humans as the main culprit behind the recent global climate change and the natural calamities which follow it.

COP21

An effort to address this problem and improve the situation was initiated at the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21) conducted in Paris from 30 November to 12 December 2015. In the conference, all the delegates agreed to keep the ‘increase in global temperature below 2 degree Celsius’.

Here is an example of how natural calamities affected children.

Earth quake and typhoons affect everyone, but children are the most affected of them all.  Some of the effects of climate change and natural calamities include food insecurity -hunger and malnutrition in children -and emotional insecurity -loss of home or loved ones.

nepal school

Additionally, education also gets severely affected. Nearly 5,000 schools were destroyed in the Nepal earthquake while hundreds got affected in the Malawi floods.  The 2013 Typhoon Haiyan in Philippines damaged around 2,500 schools.

You can read more at http://blog.akshayapatra.org/children-the-unseen-victims-of-climate-change/

Climate change can be solved with proper intervention.  However, we have to start now to protect the planet for our future generations.

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