Children in South Asia and Africa suffer the most from climate change: UNICEF

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admin November 5, 2021
Updated 2021/11/05 at 3:41 PM

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has released a paper titled “The Climate Crisis Is a Child Rights Crisis: Introducing the Children’s Climate Risk Index” in conjunction with Fridays for Future. It is the first thorough study of climate risk from the perspective of a youngster. It assigns a ranking to nations based on their children’s exposure to climatic and environmental shocks, such as cyclones and heat waves, as well as their sensitivity to those shocks, based on their availability to critical services. Pakistan (14th), Bangladesh (15th), Afghanistan (25th), and India (26th) are four South Asian nations where children are particularly vulnerable to the effects of climate change.

India is one of four South Asian nations where children are most vulnerable to climate change’s effects, which affect their health, education, and safety. More than 600 million Indians are expected to experience “acute water shortages” in the future years, while Flash Flooding is expected to grow dramatically in the majority of India’s metropolitan regions if global temperatures climb over 2 degrees Celsius. India has twenty-one of the world’s top thirty cities with the most polluted air in 2020.

Young people in the Central African Republic, Chad, Nigeria, Guinea, and Guinea-Bissau are particularly vulnerable to climate change’s effects. These children suffer a lethal mix of numerous climatic and environmental shocks, as well as a high level of vulnerability owing to a lack of basic amenities like as water and sanitation, healthcare, and education.

Some of the recommendations Invest more money, Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions: To keep global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius, countries must reduce emissions by at least 45 percent by 2030 (relative to 2010 levels). Include young people in decision-making through providing climate education. Ensure that the recovery from a pandemic is inclusive

 

Source: DownToEarth

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