Children are uniquely vulnerable to climate change.
Climate impacts affecting children come in the form of both sudden, unexpected disasters, and slower, invisible but deadly impacts such as rising dengue fever transmission and water scarcity. They can be less physiologically and metabolically able to adapt to the effects of a changing climate, such as extreme heat.
Child-Centered Climate Change Adaptation
Plan International’s child-centred climate change adaptation (4CA) programme works to help children and their communities adapt and transform when faced with the impacts of climate change. Our programme began in 2008 and has since expanded to include 9 countries, including Bangladesh, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar, Nepal, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam. Our regional and country projects have received generous support from DfAT, the German Federal Ministry of Environment’s International Climate Initiative, DfID, Nordic Climate Facility and the ADB.
To build the resilience of children, we work in 3 main ways:
- Building awareness: Children need to become aware of the risks they face. We work with teachers, school administrators and local departments of education to teach lessons about climate change in the classroom. Children learn about why climate change is occurring, the risks they face in their communities, and the actions they can take to become resilient.
- Communities become climate-smart: Communities learn about the impacts of climate change, how to monitor and adapt to its impacts. Children and youth are involved—and take the lead—in devising community action plans as well as innovating solutions for adaptation.
- Advocacy: Children become empowered to teach others about climate change, and become active spokespeople urging for climate change mitigation and adaptation actions. Children also are empowered to take the stage and have a voice in climate action.
Regional Climate Change Specialist
Asia Regional Office