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 issued their most recent climate change report. UN Secretary General called the report a “code red for humanity,” noting that “global heating is affecting every nation on earth.” The extent of the impact on the lives and futures of children is unclear, but as climate change phenomena increase in intensity and frequency, prospects are dire.

The UN Report places humanity at a tipping point where we can no longer afford to make gradual adjustments but must take action immediately. Particularly for the sake of the world’s children, the most innocent stakeholders, we must work collectively to guarantee a safe and healthy future. In the letter attached, CE International President and CEO Diane Whitehead shares precisely why it is on us—educators, parents, leaders—to take urgent action to ensure bright futures for every child in every nation.

Letter From President and CEO Diane Whitehead

The primary challenge often is not understanding precisely how climate change relates to people as individuals. Take time to learn exactly how you can be a climate change warrior and share your newfound knowledge with those around you.

Political leaders are ultimately the people responsible for meaningful, widespread change. Demonstrate to them how important climate change action on a multinational level is to you by voting, signing petitions, and making your voice heard however possible.

Climate change knows no national boundaries. We can only survive and protect our children if we ALL commit to collective action to avert worsening climate change.

More Resources

  • Subject to Climate: A comprehensive resource for educators looking for engaging climate change education content.
  • Climate Changemakers: Encourage young learners to share their ideas about enacting climate action and education.
  • The Earthshot Prize: A global prize designed to incentivize change and help repair our planet over the next 10 years.
  • Climate Change Education: A free course for educators interested in helping students explore climate change through interactive and engaging activities.