Climate Change and Children

Our countries and communities are at risk. Every
day we see forests burning and people throwing
chemicals into the water and cutting trees. In many
countries, children and young people face very
poor sanitation, health care and environmental
conditions. When we build indiscriminately, dump
our garbage into waterways, slash and burn our
forests, and practise unsustainable agriculture,
these actions lead to fl oods, soil erosion, landslides
and desertifi cation.
Pollution has been a problem for centuries. What
are we waiting for? Even since climate change
came to light, water sources have been polluted,
forests have been wiped out, animal species
have disappeared and people’s health has been
jeopardized because of the pollution we create.
We emphasize the value of education in the
context of a sustainable environment and
energy supply. Young people at every stage of
their education should be informed about the
dangers of environmental degradation, overuse
of fossil energies and the prospects of renewable
energy. Therefore we urge educators to include
environment and energy-related topics in
the curricula.
The decisions made today will have a signifi cant
impact on our lives. We will live the consequences.
We will breathe the air and drink the water you
leave us. Young people need to be given a greater
voice on climate change issues. We need a platform
from which we can express our demands. We want
to work with governments and communities to help
design and infl uence the policies that will affect our
lives, now and into the future.
We would like to move forward with a multigenerational,
multidisciplinary vision: Working
together, leaders and youth can redesign how
society operates. Together we can lobby for a
holistic education and climate-change curriculum
so that today’s youth are not only climate-change
literate but are equipped with the tools to act.
We are willing to make a difference.


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