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Equip kids to fight climate change

Focus: Children and Youth, Environment

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CHILDREN are the least to blame for eroding the environment, but will bear the brunt of its impact in their lifetime. Help MCF empower young minds with the knowledge to beat the challenges of climate change.

Flash floods and landslides have frequently ravaged Uttarakhand in the last few years – which experts say is a result of unsustainable urbanisation.

This has even prompted a nine-year-old girl from the state to file a petition against the government for its inaction, and for jeopardising her generation's future.

The UN says the next decade will see 175million children affected annually by climate-related disasters.

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Help children take action to save their futures

MCF have decided to extend their fundraiser so that they can participate in our first #GivingTuesdayIndia campaign!


Rampant deforestation and urbanisation have wreaked havoc in Uttarakhand's weather patterns and caused rising temperatures. Children are the innocent sufferers of poor air quality, contaminated water and extreme heat. If awareness about the impact of climate-altering actions of their parents' generation are denied to them, children will not be equipped to halt or reverse the damage and build sustainable lifestyles to protect their futures.

Bal sangathans create platforms for children to discuss their concerns about their communities

Uttarakhand is highly vulnerable to climate change due to its geographic location and its communities’ dependency on climate-sensitive sectors like agriculture, forestry, tourism and animal husbandry. Rapid infrastructure development has led to increased forest clearance and large scale dumping of garbage into rivers. It is imperative to bring these environment dangers to the attention of children, so they can find ways to address them.

Climate change education increases the adaptive capacity of children and their communities, helps to foster environmental stewardship, and develops children’s capacity to be agents of change and active citizens.

The Impact of Climate Change on Children, UNICEF Report, 2015

There may be no greater, growing threat facing the world’s children – and their children – than climate change. This mounting global crisis has the potential to undermine many of the gains we have made in child survival and development.

Anthony Lake, Executive Director, UNICEF

My government has failed to take steps to regulate and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, which are causing extreme climate conditions. This will impact both me and future generations.

Ridhima Pandey, nine-year-old petitioner against Indian government, Uttarakhand

It’s not fair for one generation to deplete and use up the resources that all generations depend upon for survival, for life, for happiness. The climate crisis is unjust because of what we’re leaving to future generations if we don’t reverse course.

Julia Olson, Executive Director, Our Children's Trust, Oregon, USA

The project will be implemented in four villages of Vikasnagar block of Dehradun, by about 800 children in bal sangathans (children’s groups). They will map villages, their risks and identify vulnerable places for disaster risk reduction and take action – tree plantation, practising wise use of natural resources, mock drills and first aid training. Children will be encouraged to find local solutions that will eventually involve the community.

Young change-makers taking action on responsible waste disposal
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