According to UNICEF, one billion children are at extreme risk from the consequences of the climate crisis. Young people's perspectives are underrepresented and urgently needed in the environmental debate. The request to be heard did not go unnoticed. In contrast, children and youth were involved in climate strikes during COP21 in Paris, COP24 in Poland, and dominated the half a million protesters at the most recent COP25 summit. As a result, there is a particular focus on ensuring that young people's voices are raised at the upcoming COP26 Summit in Glasgow.
The weather disaster has a devastating effect on the arena and has severe results for contemporary and destiny generations of youngsters and their rights. Children already experiencing discrimination and inequality go through the worst results, substantially exacerbating the prevailing challenges they face and growing new obstacles that save their rights from being respected. Although the climate crisis is a child rights difficulty that affects kids first, the voices and needs of kids are not often heard in weather discussions and choices in any respect levels.
In November, leaders from around the arena will acquire on the Conference of the Parties (COP) 26 weather convention in Glasgow, UK, to speak about what desires to be carried out to cope with the weather crisis. COP 26 organizers and governments around the arena can make this COP the maximum fruitful by kid's participation by hearing the voices of children around the arena to make certain that their experiences, evaluations and requests tell weather policy.
The participation of children is very important and it should be a duty for children to participate in climate change decisions regardless of their social status. For example, it is seen that due to deforestation, the rainfall patterns are affected which leads to drought, floods, some houses are swept away due to heavy rains, and families are left homeless in many countries. In all of this, who is more affected? It is the children. Children are the ones experiencing climate change; it will not only affect the children but the generation to come. Providing kids with climate education and environmental focus abilities are vital to adapting and making them ready for the consequences of weather change. Children and youth face the devastating consequences of the climate crisis and water insecurity but bear the least responsibility.
Therefore, children voices must not go unheard. To ensure this in the upcoming COP26 climate summit, the following measures can be taken:
1) It is important to ensure that children have a 'seat at the table' and can observe relevant negotiations during all high-level COP discussions, panels and processes by including children on the panel, reserving space for them to kids step in to ask questions and make sure event is inclusive. This would correspond to the principles of equality bodies.
2)Children must be included in all their diversity to ensure diversity in terms of gender, age, disability, ethnicity, and socioeconomic background.
3) Governments should do everything possible to ensure that all children have the opportunity to share their experiences and demands at COP26.
4) Provide children with a space suitable for them where they can access the resources and supports they need, meet as a group, plan and prepare to attend, online and offline.
5) Child-friendly mechanisms and platforms should be established on- and off-line to facilitate children’s formal engagement during COP.
6) Creating a safe environment for children is necessary. It is to be ensured that children have access to the resources needed to support their physical and mental health and to be protected from violence and abuse.
7) To boost up climate and environmental action, we have to be cognizant of addressing the desires of youngsters’ maximum susceptibility to climate change.
It is time to provide all youngsters and younger human beings the assets they want and empower them as agents of change, to provide them with the fine feasible possibility to stand a crisis that we provide them. Every child deserves a liveable planet. Let us make this year's COP26 in Glasgow a testament to the commitment of world leaders to truly listen to children and involve them in climate decisions. Because children are the key!