Climate crisis: Save the Children, over 13 thousand girls, boys, adolescents and young people participate in one of the largest global hearings on climate change

More than 13,000 girls, boys, adolescents and young adults from 18 countries have been involved in one of the largest consultations in the world on climate change, to call for swift and immediate action to solve the ongoing crisis in a year overwhelmed by unprecedented drought. , violent heat waves and devastating floods.

The consultations, which were made possible by Save the Children, began, also in Italy, in May and will continue throughout July through face-to-face meetings or on Zoom and online questionnaires with questions for girls, boys, adolescents and young people about climate change and inequalities, and their opinion about what adults should do to effectively address them.

Over 3,500 participants in Egypt, 3,000 in the UK, 3,000 in Indonesia, 1,200 in Nepal, 1,100 in Norway, 500 in Malawi and hundreds also in Italy have already made their voices heard during the consultations, along with hundreds more in Lebanon, Kenya, South Africa and other countries.

When completed, tens of thousands of young people in more than 30 countries will have shared their views and given rise to one of the largest consultations of its kind, measured by the number of children involved and the countries covered. The results will be shared in a comprehensive report to be published next October.

As the Horn of Africa faces its worst drought on record, Britain and parts of Europe experience the hottest days on record this month, fires ravaging France, Portugal, Spain and Greece and flooding in parts of South Asia and Australia, children’s recommendations on at this time it could not be more urgent.

Children who are affected by inequality and discrimination, such as children from low-income families or refugee communities, are the ones most affected by the climate crisis, emphasizes Save the Children, the international organization that has fought to save boys and girls for over 100 years. and guarantee them a future. They are very likely to lack access to quality health care, live in poor health or be malnourished, and their families will not have the ability to address the damage to their livelihoods and homes.

“All I can think of is ‘fear'”, says Giuseppe *, a 17-year-old boy from Palermo, Italy.

“Floods, famines, rising prices and infectious diseases are becoming common problems, and this is due to the climate crisis,” he said. Veronica *, a 15-year-old girl from Malawi.

“Our families and adults have lived their lives now, but we are the ones who will continue to live on this earth,” he said instead. Fariha *, a 17-year-old Syrian girl living in Türkiye.

“Young people around the world are already mobilizing through campaigns to fight climate change and inequality. Our job is to support them, give them space, amplify their message, listen to them and act,” he declared, Angelique Orr, Director of Save the Children campaigns.

“We are thrilled that the voice of young people is emerging through these consultations and we are committed to amplifying it wherever and in every way possible. Organizations like Save the Children must campaign alongside children to urgently tackle economic inequality and climate change, which are highly interconnected,” continued Angelique Orr.

Teenagers and young people from all over Italy are invited to share their ideas, opinions, wishes and recommendationsin relation to climate change and economic inequalities by participating in the online consultation at the link:

Research by the organization shows that children born within the last year will face an average of 7 times more heat waves during their lifetime than those faced by their grandparents, and that babies around the world will suffer 2.6 times more drought. In addition, millions of children across Europe, according to doctors’ alarm, are at risk of contracting respiratory and kidney diseases and are exposed to other health risks due to the record high temperatures that have crossed the continent this past period.

Save the Children aims to support at least 50,000 girls and boys over the next three years to campaign for the world to care for the youngest and their planet. This will consist of highlighting their ideas and actions to help inspire and motivate millions of supporters to implement effective campaigning initiatives with and for young people and children. As part of a wider movement, the Organization will work in strategic partnership with representatives of civil society, innovative businesses and the creative industries at local, national and global levels to create change for and with girls, boys, youth and young people.


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