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Climate change threatens the rights of children. The UN just outlined the obligations states have to protect them

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🗞️ Driving the news: The United Nations (UN) has released a statement emphasizing the compromised rights of children due to climate change, including their right to life
• This declaration, backed by input from over 7,000 children across 103 countries, stems from a body overseeing the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

🔭 The context: Climate change poses a severe threat to human rights, with children being the most vulnerable
• In Greece, wildfires led to the evacuation of 1,200 children from holiday camps
• Floodwaters in Kentucky, USA, swept away children, and Australia braces for another potentially harsh summer

🌎 Why does it matter for the planet: Climate change jeopardizes human rights, especially for children. Wildfires in Greece displaced 1,200 kids from camps, floodwaters in Kentucky took young lives, and Australia anticipates an intense summer

⏭️ What's next: The document serves as a framework to guide national and international action
• It urges governments to involve children in environmental policymaking

💬 One quote: "The general comment makes it clear states should no longer ignore the impacts of the climate crisis on children and future generations because they have legal duties to rectify it." (Noam Peleg, Senior Lecturer at Faculty of Law and Justice) 

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