Climate change is forcing nearly half of young Africans to rethink their plans to have children someday, a global poll conducted by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has revealed, underlining their uncertainty about the future of a planet in crisis.
The results were published on Wednesday at the COP27 climate conference taking place in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt. Some 243,512 young people from 163 countries participated in the UNICEF U-Report poll, over July and August of this year.
UNICEF urged world leaders to take immediate action to protect children from the climate emergency, not only through rapidly reducing the emissions that cause global warming, but also by adapting the critical social services their young citizens rely on.
The agency stressed that adaptation measures, such as creating water systems that stand up to flooding and drought, will save lives. More