CHILDREN AND CLIMATE CHANGE IN ZIMBABWE

Climate change is one of the biggest threats facing humankind today and is already having adverse impacts in Zimbabwe, in particular in the rural areas where the majority of the population (67 per cent) lives.

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Highlights

Climate change is one of the biggest threats facing humankind today and is already having adverse impacts in Zimbabwe, in particular in the rural areas where the majority of the population (67 per cent) lives and mostly depend on agriculture-based livelihoods (ZIMSTAT, 2013a). The impacts of climate change will be bad for everyone but very bad for the weak such as children, women and the disabled (Kaswan, 2013).


There are knowledge gaps in our understanding of the impacts of climate change on children, especially from the children’s own perspectives. Climate change policies, strategies and plans at all levels need to be child-sensitive and incorporate children’s issues and needs. Furthermore, as the future will affect them most, children have a right to be included and to participate in the
processes for developing climate change policies, strategies and action plans. This
will allow them to take mitigatory and adaptive actions on climate change.

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