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Girls with their school work showing the effects of climate change
Girls with their school work showing the effects of climate change

Climate change activism

Children are the least responsible for creating global climate change but will bear the brunt of its effects.

Children are especially affected by both unexpected disasters that are a result of climate change and slower impacts, such as rising heat levels and food and water scarcity. Girls are particularly at risk due to the additional dangers they face during emergencies and the responsibilities that fall on them within the family, such as walking to collect water.

BUILDING AWARENESS OF CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION

Plan International is supporting young people to become more aware of their rights and put themselves at the forefront of the race for resilience.

We are working with teachers and schools in the worst-hit areas to teach young people why climate change is happening, the risks they face and the actions they can take in the community to become more resilient. Through our programmes, children and youth are empowered to teach others ways to mitigate and adapt to the changing climate and the effects of natural disasters.

DISASTER-PROOFING THE COMMUNITY

Louisa, 15, is among a group of young climate change activists from the Philippines who have secured funding from their local council to help their community adapt to climate change and prepare for disasters.

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BUILDING RESILIENCE IN SCHOOL-AGE CHILDREN

By building resilience for climate change, we are also building the resilience of girls to other shocks and stresses.

Safe schools is an example of this, which aims to build the resilience of children through schools, and also build the resilience of the education system to ensure rights to education.

Children’s education is often one of the first activities abandoned when disasters occur, yet it can play a critical role in building the resilience of children and their communities. Education is a key focus for our disaster preparedness and risk-reduction work.

We have implemented a Safe Schools Global Programme in 35 disaster-prone countries across the world has ensured that schools are built safely and children are educated about how they can prepare for disasters and reduce the risks.

SAFE SCHOOLS SAVE LIVES

A Plan International safe schools project in Rangpur, Bangladesh shows how the classroom can be an effective place to begin strengthening resilience across the whole community. 

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WATCH: THE GIRL AND THE TYPHOON

Plan International Philippines Youth Advocate, Marinel, 18, spoke to French actress Marion Cotillard about the impact the changing climate has on children and how young people can lead on climate change adaptation.

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* All statistics from Unless we act now: The impact of climate change on children, UNICEF. November 2015.