Children’s Rights and Climate Change
This chapter specifically explores some children’s rights aspect of climate change. The primary reason for doing so lays in the fact that children are especially affected by climate change.
Children ‒ in line with the definition offered in article 1 of the UN Convention on the Right of the Child, that is persons between 0 and 18 years old ‒ make up about 30 per cent of the world population. Youth between the ages of 10 and 24 years old count for about a quarter of the world population. Children and youth combined are even the majority of the population in a large number of countries, including the world’s 48 least developed countries.
One should always operate in an evidence-based manner and thus cannot simply assume the negative consequences of climate change for children. However, there is ample evidence that children are more prone to the harmful health and other negative effects of climate change than adults, and that they are especially vulnerable in climate change–related disasters such as floods. [...]
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Arts, K. (2019). Children’s Rights and Climate Change. In Children’s Rights and Sustainable Development: Interpreting the UNCRC for Future Generations / Edited by Claire Fenton-Glynn (Series: Treaty Implementation for Sustainable Development ) (pp. 216–235). doi:10.1017/9781108140348.010