UNICEF: "One billion children are at very high risk due the climate crisis"

Pollution, water scarcity and increasingly widespread and frequent extreme weather events are threatening an entire generation of children and adolescents

by Lorenzo Ciotti
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UNICEF: "One billion children are at very high risk due the climate crisis"

UNICEF recalls that around the planet, around one billion children are at very high risk from the impacts of the climate crisis. Pollution, water scarcity and increasingly widespread and frequent extreme weather events are threatening an entire generation of children and adolescents: globally, by 2040, almost one in 4 children will live in areas with high water scarcity, in Italy estimates that in 2050 most children will be exposed to increasingly frequent heat waves.

UN concerns about the climate crisis

For the Earth Day 2023, the UN has reiterated the alarm for the climate situation of the planet. Average global temperatures over the past eight years have been the highest on record, and in 2022 the temperature was 1.15 degrees above the 1850-1900 average.

This is what emerges from the latest annual report of the World Meteorological Organization on the State of the climate, in which the alarm is once again sounded by the melting of glaciers and the rise in sea levels. With the world population expected to reach almost 10 billion in 2050, estimates the UN, the loss of arable land is even more worrying.

For Waste Watcher International, target 12.3 of the 2030 Agenda must be achieved to reduce food waste by 50%. Hence the need to invest in nutrition education all over the world. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said: "We need accelerated climate action with deeper and faster emissions cuts to limit global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius.

From the air that we breathe the water we drink on the soil that grows our food: the health of humanity depends on the health of Mother Earth, yet we seem bent on destruction. We must put an end to these relentless and senseless wars against nature.

We have the tools, the knowledge and solutions, but we need to step up the pace. People around the world to raise their voices in schools, workplaces, faith communities and on social media by calling for leaders to make peace with nature.

Let us all our part to protect our common home." World Earth Day is a celebration that has taken place every 22 April since 1970, and which draws the world's attention to the need to conserve natural resources and promote the protection of the planet, now also against the climate crisis.

Earthday.org, the global movement that organizes Earth Day and recruits environmental movements around the world, aims to involve governments, institutions, businesses and over a billion citizens who now participate in this event every year so that everyone can make their own partly because we are all responsible.