Youth voices from the frontline facilitators guide
Youth Voices: Children in a Changing Climate
Children and adolescents are disproportionately affected by climate change. Children eat more per unit of body weight than adults so they suffer the most from hunger and malnourishment during floods and droughts. They breathe at twice the rate of adults, so they’re most at risk of respiratory disease as air pollution worsens. They already shoulder the bulk of diseases like malaria, dengue fever, diarrhea and pneumonia so they are most at risk of the poor cognitive and physical development that these diseases can cause. Climate change is very much an “equity” issue, such that a poor child and a wealthy child do not stand nearly the same chances when faced with a flood, drought, severe weather or conflict. In addition each successive generation is more affected by climate change than its predecessor. As such, innovative initiatives are needed to understand and address the climate change and disaster concerns of youth from the frontline.