Climate change represents a real and urgent threat to vulnerable children and their communities.
The Earth’s atmosphere is warming and creating uncertain in weather patterns and increasing the likelihood of climate-related disasters and crises. These include rising temperatures and sea levels, changing rainfall patterns, more frequent extreme weather events such as severe floods or extended droughts and increasing intensity of storms.
The Asia-Pacific Region has 750 million young people aged 15-24 years, and more than one fourth of the region’s population is under 14 years old. Climate-related disasters often have disproportionate impacts on children, with serious implications for securing their human rights, including their health, survival and education.
Impacts ranging from malnutrition as seasonal changes affect food security, higher mortality rates from extreme weather events, susceptibility to climate induced diseases, and disruption of their education.
Plan International is working with children to increase their awareness of climate change, involve them in participatory planning and implementing school adaptation programs and by advocating governments to act on climate change and to consider children's opinions.
In Thailand, Plan International has developed climate change learning materials for children in six local languages to encourage them to become more actively involved in climate change projects in their communities.
In Myanmar families in Rakhine state have started using solar power - that both reduces carbon emissions and provides light for children to study at night.
''I realize the disadvantage of climate change when I become a member of First Aid Team at my school,” explains Ma Wai Wai.
“My father used to cut down trees for cooking and lighting at night. But I am happy that he is not cutting as many trees and has bought a solar panel for my studies," she explains.