ECDAN

Theme:

Climate Change and ECD

About the Issue

Climate change is a serious threat to humanity, especially to young children. Children are the least responsible for climate change, yet they will bear the greatest burden of its impact. 

The changes in the environment, due to climate change can cause poor air quality, higher temperatures, more extreme weather (i.e.,forest fires, cyclones, heat waves, floods), a reduction in freshwater and nutritious food, displacement, impacts on family livelihoods, and an increase in waterborne and other diseases. In short, climate change represents a fundamental threat to the rights of children and their caregivers. Read the climate change and ECD fact sheet here.

This thematic page, developed in partnership with the Asia-Pacific Regional Network for Early Childhood, includes key facts and resources about the intersection of climate change and early childhood development (ECD).

Why it Matters

Nearly 90 percent of the global health burden related to climate change is borne by children under 5 years old. The evidence is startling and the crisis is getting worse. However, the specific needs of young children remain largely ignored in climate change discourse and actions.

Resources

Resources

Born into the Climate Crisis: Why we must act now to secure children’s rights

Born into the Climate Crisis: Why we must act now to secure children’s rights

The threat posed to children and their rights by the climate crisis is not theoretical: it is real, and...

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Falling short: Addressing the climate finance gap for children

Falling short: Addressing the climate finance gap for children

Climate finance is key to implementing the ‘quantum leap’ in climate action required to meet the...

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Mental health and our changing climate

Mental health and our changing climate

The American Psychological Association and ecoAmerica are pleased to offer this update of our 2017 report,...

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Addressing the Climate Crisis An Action Plan for Psychologist

Addressing the Climate Crisis An Action Plan for Psychologist

Successful responses to the climate crisis require the participation of all fields and sectors of society....

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What Climate Change Is Already Doing to Children’s Brains

What Climate Change Is Already Doing to Children's Brains

It’s true: the data on the spiraling planetary crisis, the cascading health effects, and widening inequality...

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A scoping study on putting young children at the heart of environmental and climate actions

A scoping study on putting young children at the heart of environmental and climate actions

As we move steadily into a world affected by climate change and environmental degradation (CC&ED),...

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Climate Change, Fossil-Fuel Pollution, and Children’s Health

Climate Change, Fossil-Fuel Pollution, and Children’s Health

The combustion of fossil fuels (coal, petroleum [oil], and natural gas) is the major source of both air...

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IRC Climate Change Health Maper 2009_03

IRC Climate Change Health Maper 2009_03

This paper reviews the published evidence of pathways and impacts of global climate change on child health....

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HCDC Working Paper 16 Media Kit – Place Matters

HCDC Working Paper 16 Media Kit - Place Matters

Our friends at the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University have released a new working paper...

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CLIMATE CHANGE IMPACTS in coastal and riverine Sierra Leone

CLIMATE CHANGE IMPACTS in coastal and riverine Sierra Leone

In June 2022, a team of Save the Children staff conducted research with 52 children across four coastal...

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Danger in the air: How air pollution can affect brain development in young children

Danger in the air: How air pollution can affect brain development in young children

When we shift from direct to proximate causes of disease, the environment matters a lot. Air pollution...

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CLIMATE CHANGE AND CHILDREN: A human security challenge

CLIMATE CHANGE AND CHILDREN: A human security challenge

The evidence presented in this review confirms the centrality of children and their unique vulnerabilities...

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Incorporating Children’s Rights into Climate Action

Incorporating Children’s Rights into Climate Action

Children represent almost one-third of the world’s population. They have the right to live in a...

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Funding Climate Action : Pathways for Philanthropy

Funding Climate Action : Pathways for Philanthropy

Climate change represents a critical challenge to humanity. While there are still some that contest this...

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