COMMENT | “The one international language the world understands,” wrote Save the Children founder Eglantyne Jebb, “is the cry of a child,” and the evidence is accumulating that children are not only the innocent victims of conflict whose pleas need to be heard, but also the most vulnerable victims of climate change.
The climate crisis is an education crisis. Right here, right now, climate change is robbing millions of children and adolescents of their right to learn, their right to play and their right to feel safe and secure.
In Pakistan deadly floods destroyed or damaged over 26,000 schools last year. This exposed over 600,000 adolescent girls to higher risks of school dropout, gender-based violence, and child marriage. In Ethiopia, girls are going hungry and risk dropping out of school forever as a result of the ongoing drought.
While the climate crisis threatens the rights of every person on the planet, those who are enduring the brunt of its impact are...