In a report recently released by the UNICEF tagged, The Climate Crisis is a Child Rights Crisis: Introducing the Children’s Climate Risk Index, the United Nations Children’s Fund presents new global evidence on how many children are currently exposed to climate and environmental hazards, shocks, and stresses. According to this report, young people living in Somalia are ranked 4th in the risk level of the effects of climate change.
Approximately 1 billion children – nearly half the world’s 2.2 billion children – live in one of the 33 countries classified as “extremely high-risk”.
“The climate crisis is a child’s rights crisis. Building communities’ resilience is pivotal in protecting Somali children and their future from the impacts of a changing climate and degrading environment. We need to act collectively and invest in critical water, healthcare, and education services children depend upon to survive and thrive.”
“The frightening environmental changes we are seeing across the planet are being driven by a few but experienced by many,” said UNICEF Somalia Representative Mohamed Ayoya. “We must urgently reduce greenhouse gas emissions and work as a global community to build a better world for all children.”