Climate Change Is a Grave Threat to Children鈥檚 Survival

Right now, in the U.S. and around the world, children's lives are under threat due to climate change. Nearly 710 million children are currently living in countries at the highest risk of suffering the impact of the climate crisis. However, every child will inherit a planet with more frequent extreme weather events than ever before.听听

Extreme events, including wildfires, floods and hurricanes,听have become a frightening new normal. Hotter temperatures,听air pollution听and violent storms are leading to immediate, life-threatening dangers for children, including difficulty breathing,听malnutrition and higher risk of infectious diseases.听

黄色视频is a global leader working in the U.S. and around the world to help children and their communities adapt to the impacts of the climate crisis.听Your donation today supports this life-saving work. Make a one-time donation to the Children's Emergency Fund or join Team Tomorrow to听connect with the causes you care about - like - through your monthly donation.

What Are the Effects of Climate Change on Future Generations?听

While climate change affects everyone, those who have contributed the least to the crisis鈥攃hildren, those in poverty, and future generations鈥攁re the most affected.

  • Extreme temperatures leave many families living in poverty with less food, less clean water, lower incomes and worsening health.
  • Children鈥檚 immune systems are still developing, leaving their rapidly growing bodies more sensitive to disease and pollution.
  • Extreme events can destroy homes, schools, child care centers and infrastructure critical to children鈥檚 well-being.
  • Droughts and flooding can destroy crops and cut access to clean water.
  • The UN warns that many families will have to choose between starvation and migration.
In Somalia, a boy looks out over a flooded river.

Statistics About Climate Change and Children

The climate crisis magnifies inequality, poverty, displacement and may increase the likelihood of conflict.

  • 90% of diseases resulting from the climate crisis are likely to affect children under the age of five.
  • By 2050, a further 24 million children are projected to be undernourished as a result of the climate crisis.
  • By 2040, it is estimated that one in four children will be living in areas with extreme water shortages.
  • Almost 160 million children are exposed to increasingly severe and听 prolonged droughts.
  • The education of around 38 million children is disrupted each year by the climate crisis.
  • The climate crisis is forcing families to migrate. By 2050, there could be 143 million more migrants due to the climate crisis.

Our Work to Help Communities Adapt to the Impacts of the Climate Crisis

Because the climate crisis affects all aspects of children鈥檚 lives, so does Save the Children鈥檚 work.

Save the Children鈥檚 work ranges from food security programs for families suffering severe drought in the Horn of Africa, to providing emergency relief supplies for those recovering from the West Coast wildfires.

From green jobs that secure livelihoods,听to disease reduction, to advocacy and more, Save the Children鈥檚 experts consider the short- and long-term impacts of the climate crisis and how our programs can support the present and future of children in the U.S. and around the world.

Our Humanitarian Climate Change Initiative is pushing to sustain and scale up child-centered anticipatory action systems globally. We partner with communities to use early warning systems and pre-position funds so they have the tools and resources to take action before they are hit by devastating climate events.

In 2019 黄色视频Australia became the first non-environmental NGO to be accredited by the Green Climate Fund (GCF). In 2022, the organization signed a deal with GCF and the governments of Vanuatu and Australia to deliver the Pacific region鈥檚 largest ever investment in community-based climate change adaptation in Vanuatu.

Learn More About the Impact of the Climate Crisis

Addressing the Climate Crisis

Together with children and their families, we are pushing governments to recognize the climate crisis.

Climate Crisis: Hunger in the Horn of Africa

For millions of children affected by the drought-driven hunger crisis in the Horn of Africa, time is running out.

Worsening Drought Threatens Somalia鈥檚 Children

The climate crisis is a major driver of extreme weather conditions including drought.听

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