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How is the ‘Environmental Emergency’ Impacting Children Across the World?

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The future of children in every country of the world is in danger. According to a joint report by the World Health Organization, UNICEF and renowned medical journal ‘The Lancet’, the future of children is not safe in any country due to ecological degradation, environmental changes and exploitative policies of marketing. Hazardous greenhouse gases are produced in the richest countries, but poor countries have to suffer. Its worst effect is on children.

 

The era of Emergency

The report said that despite the increase in education, nutrition and life span in the last 20 years, the survival of children is in crisis. The report, prepared by 40 experts from around the world, states that in 2015, the standard for development goals (standard development goals) was agreed, but after five years, only a few countries have taken the necessary steps to achieve these goals.

This is the reason why children’s health and future are in constant danger due to changes in the environment, population shifting, ecological degradation, social inequality and wrong marketing methods. According to the report, in this era of ‘environmental emergency’, changes are needed for the safe future of children.

 

These Nine Countries Perform Best

Countries like Norway, Korea and the Netherlands are better for the development of children, but their performance in terms of per capita carbon dioxide emissions is very poor. These countries are currently emitting 230 percent more greenhouse gases than their 2030 targets. There are only nine countries that are doing well for the better life of children, with their goal of emitting greenhouse gases by 2030. These include Albania, Armenia, Granada, Jordan, Moldova, Sri Lanka, Tunisia, Uruguay and Vietnam.

 

The Children of Poor Countries are Suffering the Handiwork of Rich Countries

Experts have said that poor countries will have to take many necessary steps for a better future for their children, but the uncontrolled emission of greenhouse gases by rich countries is making their future unsafe.

UNICEF’s Head of Health Affairs Stephen Peterson said that children in the poorest countries are most affected by environmental changes, although their country does not have many emissions of greenhouse gases.

He further said that a lot more needs to be done for better health and development of children. This is possible only if the country which emits more greenhouse gases reduces it.

 

Temperature will Rise by Four Degrees

According to the report, if the current trend of emissions continues, by 2100, due to global warming, the temperature will rise to 4-degree centigrade. Due to this, the water level of the sea will rise, the heat will rise and the outbreak of diseases like malaria and dengue will also increase and most children will be affected.

 

Social Media is Also Responsible

Anthony Costello of University College London said that not a single country is taking effective steps to reduce children’s health and emissions. He advised keeping children away from the marketing of tobacco, alcohol, formula milk, sweetened beverages, etc. Costello also stated the need to control social media companies, who know their likes and dislikes and make marketing strategy accordingly. The experts who prepared the report have stated the need to take such steps that protect children’s rights and lead a better life.

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