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Climate Crisis.

We cannot wait to solve this crisis.

The climate crisis directly affects children around the world and is the greatest threat to their survival, learning and protection. Without addressing the crisis directly, today's children will bear the greatest burden, especially those living in the most vulnerable regions in the world.

We are currently heading towards a global temperature rise of 3 degrees by the end of the century. To meet the 1.5º C scenario of the Paris Agreement, the world needs to reduce emissions by nearly 8 per cent per year from 2020 to 2030. We have less than 10 years to act!

Save the Children has a unique role in empowering children's voices and encouraging leadership in the climate movement. We aim to support children – especially the most marginalised who are disproportionately affected by climate change - to be part of the solution and influence decisions by world and local leaders.

Meet the generation who will change the world.


What are we doing about it?

Around the world, extreme weather and air pollutions are putting millions of children’s lives in danger. We are rapidly responding to climate related crises and helping to build resilience across the world. But this is an emergency that cannot wait and we know responding is not enough. 

In 2019, we endorsed the SCI Environmental Sustainability and Climate Change (ESSCC) Policy on World Environment Day.

The policy sets out our commitment to minimise the environmental impact of our programmes and operations, and improve the sustainability of our activities.

In 2021 and beyond, we will continue to stand side by side with children campaigning for a cleaner environment and a safer world.

Campaigning for and with children.

Children are leading the way towards a better world and it's time for us all to follow their lead. We must listen to their calls for action and find lasting solutions that support and protect children.

Save the Children  is campaigning for and with children to call for urgent action on the climate crisis as well as inequality to create a safe, healthy and happy future for children.

Learn more about a generation fighting for action on the climate crisis or read our photo series on children who will change the world.

Working with partners at global and local levels.

We are working with partners to achieve the following goals:

  • To ensure the international community and states acknowledge the global climate crisis is a child rights crisis that needs to be addressed with children as agents of change.
  • To minimise the impact that climate shocks have on the most marginalised children and ensure our programmes support climate adaptive development pathways.
  • To reduce our greenhouse gas emissions and environmental impacts.

One of our partners is WWF International. Together we are using our combined networks to influence major policy decisions, tackle the climate crisis and prevent further harm to children's lives. We are also working with children and their communities to prepare for and reduce the impacts of climate-related shocks. Read more.

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