The environment is changing continuously, this is because of natural processes and human activities. The influence of human activities on the climate has immensely increased. During the second half of the 20th century, 95% of the climate change was due to mankind. This change in the environment caused by humans has had big effects, examples are the drying up of natural water sources, pollution of water, air and earth and the extinction of animals and plants.
Children’s rights & environment
Environmental issues hold a direct connection with children’s rights issues. A healthy environment is essential for the survival, wellbeing and development of children and is therefore a substantial condition for the realization of the Rights of the Child. Simultaneously, the fulfilment of children’s rights is a fundamental part of the protection of the environment, because a child, whose participation rights are protected, can address the governments environmental policy.
The climate change has a worldwide impact. The damage to the environment affects in particular children, as they are extra vulnerable for the consequences. Every year three million children worldwide die under the age of 5 because of diseases related to environmental pollution.
What does KidsRights do?
The International Children’s Peace Price 2016 was awarded to Kehkashan Basu, who has committed her efforts to protecting the environment. To support Kehkashan, KidsRights has invested the Children’s Peace Price project funds 2016 in six projects around the world to contribute to this theme.