"Climate change is not just an environmental crisis, it’s a human rights
crisis. And the humans to be most affected by climate catastrophe are the
youngest ones: children.
We have seen children directly impacted in the Northern Hemisphere’s
unprecedented heatwaves this year. In Greece, 1,200 children were evacuated
when a wildfire threatened their holiday camps.
In the United States, children were swept away by floodwaters in Kentucky after
torrential rain, while an extreme heatwave swamped the West Coast. In
Australia, this summer is expected to be hot, dry and dangerous but that’s
nothing compared to what is to come.
So what are the responsibilities of governments to reduce the harm climate
change will wreak on the lives of children?
A statement from the United Nations (UN) released today seeks to clarify this.
It clearly stipulates why and how the rights of children are compromised by
climate change – including the very basic right to life. It also details the
steps necessary to mitigate this catastrophe."
*** Xanni ***
Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics