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Climate Crisis – 710 million children live in countries at high risk

Climate Crisis - 710 million children live in countries at high risk

Save the Children warns that drastic action is needed to ensure children and their families can cope with current and future climate-shocks

LONDON, 19 April - An estimated 710 million children live in the 45 countries that are at the highest risk of suffering the impact of climate change, Save the Children warned today. Floods, droughts, hurricanes and other extreme weather events will have an especially deep impact on vulnerable children and their families.

Children in these countries will for example be impacted by food shortages, diseases and other health threats, water scarcity, or be at risk from rising water levels -- or a combination of these factors.

An analysis by Save the Children of ND-Gain data shows that globally, hundreds of millions of children under the age of 18 are living in regions where climate change is deeply affecting their lives. The impact of the crisis on food production is likely to lead to local food scarcity and price hikes, Save the Children said, with devastating impacts on the poorest households.

Save the Children warned that drastic action must be taken to ensure children and their families will be able to cope with current and future climate-shocks.

The window to prevent catastrophic climate change is rapidly closing as the crisis is set to worsen unless urgent action is taken now, Save the Children said. As children's present and future are at stake, they must be heard in the climate crisis--conversation and should be involved in shaping policies, the organisation urged.

"What I really can't forget is that I saw many houses falling because of too much rain and strong winds. I got scared," *14-year-old Baptista in Mozambique told Save the Children. He and his three siblings have struggled to recover ever since Cyclone Kenneth struck their town in 2019.

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