COP 26: Children Are The Key!

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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!

Comments (5)

  • Tiff-Avatar.jpg Tiff @ Topical Talk
    12 Oct 2021

    A great post which gives reason and suggested actions. Can you anticipate challenges with your suggestions and what would you do to prepare for those challenges?

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  • British Council.jpg methodical_ant | Faujdarhat Cadet College | Bangladesh
    13 Oct 2021

    Great post! However, how will developing countries manage enough funds to fight the problems their children face due to climate change? Should developed countries help them? If yes then how and on what terms?

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    1. British Council.jpg romantic_shrimp | Rafah Prep (B) Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
      methodical_ant's comment 17 Oct 2021

      I think that developing countries can take simple steps to at least mitigate climate change. Poverty is not an obstacle to a strong will and goal. For example, school and university students can work as volunteers to collect waste or plant an area with simple green trees.

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  • British Council.jpg storytelling_harp | Faujdarhat Cadet College | Bangladesh
    13 Oct 2021

    I definitely agree with you in all of the aspects you mentioned in the post like creating the scope to share their experiences and demands, then to make sure diversity and so on. but my opinion regarding ensuring the seat at the table is that: Its not genuinely possible to arrange a conference where the leaders of various states gather to take some decisions regarding any serious ongoing issues and there might be also the presence of the kids. So what I really think is there should be a seperate conference or a platform where the kids should provide their great and outstanding opinions, then those thoughts and opinions may be presented in the final conference.

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  • British Council.jpg appreciative_pear | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    17 Oct 2021

    Climate change poses a direct threat to a child’s ability to survive and thrive, as it threatens children’s lives and destroys their vital infrastructure for their well-being. Children are the most vulnerable to diseases that will increase as a result of climate change. The causes of air pollution are the same as what causes climate change. About two million children live in areas where more than Air pollution levels, forcing them to breathe toxic air and putting their health and development at risk. One of the ways to protect children and their participation in events is the climate change crisis and put children at the center of strategies and response plans specific to climate change so that children can develop response plans for their schools to address the climate disaster and recognize that children as actors in Change as children’s participation in issues that affect them is their primary right and some organizations such as UNICEF are working to amplify their voices on climate change through innovative platforms, activities, advocacy and participation in major summits Children can also play a role in addressing climate-related dangers by encouraging lifestyles Environmentally sustainable and setting an example for their community, sustainable energy and disaster response d in schools and that establishing schools that are environmentally sustainable and able to withstand natural disasters are among the best ways to protect in the face of a changing climate

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