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Join the conversation and raise awareness about the importance of children’s environmental health
On 5 November 2021 in Glasgow, Scotland, people take part in a Fridays for Future demonstration for climate action, led by youth climate activists and organized on the sidelines of the 2021 UN Climate Change Conference (COP26).

Help spread awareness about the importance of children’s environmental health using this advocacy toolkit. These messages aim to encourage collective action, policies and more protection for children against environmental degradation and climate change. 

More than ONE MILLION children under the age of five die every year due to unhealthy environments. The health, development, and well-being of many more children, including adolescents, are harmed by exposure to dangerous combinations of climate and environmental shocks.

Make a public commitment to your community and the world that you will take action to prioritize children’s environmental health. Your action will become an example for others.

Here’s how it works:

  • Take a photo of yourself or of the action you are taking as part of your commitment.
  • Add your photo to this social media card, add text describing your commitment and share it on your social media.
  • Tell a friend about this initiative and encourage them to make a public commitment of support.

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More than a million deaths in children under 5 annually are due to environmental risks – that’s about 2 children every minute. Urgent action is needed.
We all share equal responsibility to protect and maintain the health of our planet for ourselves and future generations. #CEH
Children are physiologically more vulnerable to air pollution than adults because their brains, lungs and other organs are still developing.

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Key messages

Write to your decision makers in your community or host activities that help spread awareness by including these messages:

Children are physically, socially and economically more vulnerable and less able to survive shocks from floods, droughts, severe weather and heatwaves.

Children are more vulnerable physiologically to toxic substances such as lead and other forms of pollution, affecting them at even low levels of exposure.

Children are more at risk of death, compared with adults, from diseases that are likely to be exacerbated by pollution and climate change, such as pneumonia, malaria and diarrhoea.

Any deprivation caused by climate and environmental degradation at a young age can result in a lifetime of lost opportunity.


Youth engagement opportunites

Empowering youth to be agents of change can help advance the agenda on children's environmental health with them and for them. Below are opportunities for youth to engage on this issue.




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