A Disproportionate Burden: Children in Poverty Bearing the Brunt of the Climate Crisis

The climate crisis is not a distant risk but is already threatening children’s rights and their well-being here and now. Almost every child in the world is exposed to major climate and environmental hazards, and 4 out of 5 children face at least one extreme climate event per year. Also, children born today face much higher climate risks than those from previous generations, as the growing concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere lead to more frequent and intense extreme weather events. This report highlights policies needed to end child poverty – and how to do so sustainably. While contexts may vary significantly, a core policy agenda to address the key issues involves the following: 1) Making child poverty reduction a national priority; 2) Expanding child-sensitive social protection; 3) Improving access to and prioritising funding of quality public services; and 4) Promoting a decent work and inclusive growth agenda. By enacting these interventions, governments can not only reduce child poverty but also protect the environment and actively promote a transformation towards a green economy.