Children and Climate Change
“Today’s children are the least responsible for climate change, but they, and their children, are the ones who will live with its consequences” – Former UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake
On Monday, August 9, 2021, the United Nations released their most recent climate change report. UN Secretary General called the report a “code red for humanity.” He also said that “global heating is affecting every nation on earth.” We do not yet know the long term impact on children, but as climate change disasters grow worse, the future is dim.
Humanity is at a “tipping point”
The report says humans are at a tipping point where immediate action is needed. Above all for the world’s children, we must work together for a safe and healthy future. In the letter attached, CE International President and CEO Diane Whitehead shares exactly why it is up to us—educators, parents, leaders—to take urgent action to ensure bright futures for every child in every nation.
The primary challenge often is not understanding how climate change relates to each individual person. Take time to learn exactly how you can be a climate change warrior and share this knowledge with friends and family.
Political leaders are responsible for meaningful, widespread change. Therefore we must demonstrate how important climate change action on a global level is. For example, you can vote, sign petitions, and make your voice heard however possible.
More Resources related to Children and Climate Change
- Subject to Climate: A resource for educators looking for engaging climate change education content.
- Climate Changemakers: Encourage young learners to share their ideas about climate action and education.
- The Earthshot Prize: A global prize designed to drive change and help repair our planet over the next 10 years.
- Climate Change Education: A free course for educators who want to help students explore climate change through interactive and engaging activities.