Without addressing the climate crisis head on, we will never be able to secure a safe future for children and their families

The threat posed to children and their rights by the climate crisis is real, and it is urgent. 

Children most impacted by inequality and discrimination are worst affected, exposing the role of the climate crisis in widening inequality. Save the Children is focusing on protecting the rights of children most impacted by inequality and discrimination, now and for the future. 

Recent research confirms that children born in 2020 will face on average 2-7 times more extreme weather and climate events than their grandparents. That means more heatwaves, flooding, droughts, crop failures and wildfires. 

With your help, Save the Children is working in the U.S. and around the world to help children and their communities prevent, prepare for, and recover from climate-induced disasters.      

Together with children and their families, we are pushing governments to recognize the climate crisis

  • We are helping children to influence policy and amplify their voices.
  • We are supporting communities and governments to prepare for and adapt to future climate shocks through programs and innovation.
  • We are also increasing funding for climate action to support children who are the most impacted, yet the least responsible for the climate crisis.
  • We are guided by our global strategy commitments to respond to and anticipate the triple threat of COVID-19, conflict, and climate change to children’s rights.

Learn More About Save the Children's Climate Crisis Priorities

Commenting on the IPCC Working Group III's Mitigation report, Yolande Wright, Global Director of Poverty and Climate Change at Save the Children, said: "*The alarming IPCC report shows the window for action to limit warming to 1.5 degrees -- which is what we need to limit deadly climate impacts -- is rapidly closing. Meanwhile, children the world over are making their voices heard, and leaders must listen.*

"The climate crisis is a child rights crisis, particularly impacting those bearing the brunt of inequality and discrimination: the richest 50% of states are responsible for 86% of emissions, while the poorest are responsible for just 14%[i].


Community-Led Adaptation

Save the Children is a Green Climate Fund accredited entity, aiming to help scale up locally-led approaches to adaptation. The Green Climate Fund (GCF) is the world’s largest climate fund ($10 billion pledged). Its mission is to provide funding for projects that address the impact of climate change in the places hit the hardest, namely countries in Africa, small island nations, and the lowest income nations.

The GCF was established by the United Nations as part of its Framework Convention on Climate Change. Because of this, partners seeking funding must be accredited through a rigorous process designed to single out all but the best organizations.

In over a decade of existence, the GCF has only accredited 100 organizations. Our current pipeline of projects span Africa, Asia and the Pacific. Each project is an opportunity to help communities adopt climate change adaptation activities that improve nutrition, water, sanitation and health, expand green job employment, and incorporate climate-sensitive agricultural practices.

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Anticipate to Better Protect

Children and their families can better cope and adapt to climate change when they have access to information on the risks they face and early warnings of imminent disaster. Using data warning systems and other emergency triggers to promptly release cash assistance, combined with social protection activities – like sandbagging embankments or bridge repair – are effective ways we help families stay safe.

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Green Jobs

Meeting the Paris Agreement goal to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius requires rapid decarbonization of the economy, leading to a massive shift toward a more circular economy, regenerative agriculture and greener jobs. With a youth livelihoods program that has already reached 1,000,000 young people in 47 countries, Save the Children’s experience and our network of private and public partnerships makes us uniquely positioned to connect young people with green jobs.

Advocating for and With Children for Climate Justice

We stand behind, and alongside, the student activists demanding action on the climate crisis. Young people across the globe are leading movements for environmental change. Designed in the global south, in consultation with young activists themselves, Shift For Our Planet is a Save the Children campaign accelerator that supports changemakers 15-25 years old to transform societal norms that lay at the heart of global sustainability issues. Campaigns focus on the adoption of climate-positive behaviors within local communities. Our Generation Hope campaigns advocate alongside children to limit catastrophic climate change, tackle inequality, and ensure children’s rights are at the heart of responses at local, national and global levels.”

Education for Climate

The COVID-19 education crisis and engaging children and youth around climate change are inextricably linked – both require immediate action to avoid long-term damage to children’s education, environment and well-being. Save the Children has led a global Safe School approach to ensure that all children of school-going age are safe and protected from all hazards and threats in and around the school. It draws from decades of experience, learning and research from across the globe and is being implemented in 40 countries.

Our Green Generation program is also building the knowledge of children about the environmental and climate crisis. The approach includes innovative after-school clubs that both reinforce curriculum and core skills, but also allow more interactive and group learning that is hugely beneficial for children.

Born Into the Climate Crisis


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