Climate change affects every child

One-third of the citizens of Montenegro (32%) believe in a conspiracy theory that the idea of a man-made global warming is a hoax that was deliberately invented to deceive people.

UNICEF Montenegro
two girls in the boat
UNICEF Montenegro / Duško Miljanić / 2018
30 October 2021

PODGORICA, 29 0CTOBER 2021 – One-third of the citizens of Montenegro (32%) believe in a conspiracy theory that the idea of a man-made global warming is a hoax that was deliberately invented to deceive people. This opinion is shared by only 9 percent of citizens of UK, 12 percent of citizens of Denmark and 14 percent of citizens of Japan, France and Italy.

Data for Montenegro comes from a survey on a nationally representative sample conducted by the research agency Ipsos in October 2021 with support from the British Embassy in Podgorica and UNICEF.

Montenegro’s citizens who believe that that the idea of a man-made global warming is a hoax that was deliberately invented to deceive people are less worried and less informed about climate change.

Vladimir Raičević, Ipsos director for Montenegro

This year UNICEF published the first comprehensive analysis of climate risk from a child’s perspective. It shows that nearly every child in the world is at risk from at least one of climate and environmental hazards. The Children’s Climate Risk Index reveals that hundreds of millions of children worldwide are highly exposed to specific climate shocks like flooding, cyclones, vector-borne diseases such as malaria or dengue, lead pollution, heat waves and water scarcity. Air pollution is the biggest threat as one billion of children are estimated to be highly exposed to exceedingly dangerous levels of air pollution.

The climate crisis is a child rights crisis. Every child on the planet is affected by it even though no child is responsible for raising global temperatures. Compared to adults, children are more susceptible to toxic chemicals, temperature changes and diseases and so, they will suffer the most from climate change. UNICEF urges governments and businesses to prioritize and accelerate work to dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Juan Santander, UNICEF Montenegro Representative

UNICEF’s global report also reveals inequity between countries contributing to climate change the most and those suffering its consequences the most. 33 ‘extremely high-risk’ countries collectively emit just 9 per cent of global CO2 emissions. Conversely, the 10 highest emitting countries collectively account for nearly 70 per cent of global emissions, but only one of these countries is on the list of those who will suffer the most from climate change consequences. For this reason, global cooperation is necessary to tackle the climate change. With this goal in mind, UK will host the 26th UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow from 31 October to 12 November 2021.

British Ambassador to Montenegro, Karen Maddocks said that the UK is leading global efforts to tackle climate change as host of this week’s COP26 Climate Change Conference in Glasgow.

The world is not on track to avoid a rise in global temperatures which would be catastrophic for the next generation – today’s children. We have only to remember the fires and floods across Europe, including in Montenegro to see that the threat is real, and undeniable. The UK has set out its plans to bring its own emissions to Net Zero by 2050, and to raise finance to help others do the same. We invite every country around the world to join us with our ambitious but very necessary goals. We can limit global warming to 1.5 degrees and build a clean and prosperous planet for our children and future generations.

Karen Maddocks, British Ambassador to Montenegro

For nearly three decades the UN has been bringing together almost every country on earth for global climate summits. In that time climate change has gone from being a fringe issue to a global priority. World leaders will arrive in Scotland this year, alongside tens of thousands of negotiators, government representatives, businesses and citizens for twelve days of talks aimed at having countries update their commitmments for reducing emissions to limit global warming. UN Climate Change Conference of Youth,  one of the largest entirely youth-led global youth climate conferences in the world, will precede this meeting to ensure that voices of young people whose lives are affected the most are taken into account by global leaders.