Climate Landscape Analysis for Children (CLAC) in Ukraine

In Ukraine, as in the rest of the world, climate change and environmental hazards are already impacting the health and well-being of children.

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The potential effects of climate and environment hazards, shocks and stressors on children’s life and well-being are interconnected and complex. Some of the main concerns relate to child health, water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), child protection and education. Climate Landscape Analysis for Children (CLAC) in Ukraine explores the potential effects of climate and environmental hazards, shocks and stresses on children in Ukraine, and outlines steps to mitigate and address them.

The social consequences of climate change and of related extreme weather events range from those that have a direct impact on the situation of children – such as disruptions in access to education and other essential services in the aftermath of natural disasters – to those that affect children indirectly, such as suspected higher risks of violence against children due to the impact of Climate Environment and Energy (CEE)-related stressors on caregivers’ mental health.

If action is not taken, children and youth will face ever greater climate-related challenges, while being the least responsible. Ensuring that every child lives in a safe and sustainable climate and environment requires a society-wide response now.