Our generation has an opportunity to make the world a safer and fairer place for the next one.
Experts predict climate change will increase the frequency of extreme droughts, and will last six times as long, in our children's lifetimes. And by 2050 there are likely to be 25 million more malnourished children under the age of five. Predictions aside, we're seeing the impacts of climate change today — particularly on children.
Plan International is working across south-east Asia and the Pacific, to help communities adapt to climate change, ensuring children are involved and participate in the design of our projects. These projects include planting vegetable gardens at school using climate-resilient seeds, and mangrove or tree-planting to protect the coast from floods and storms. We're working to improve farming practices, build awareness, and teach children and adults through games, school-curriculum and community outreach.
"I WANT MY SCHOOL TO BE COOLER THAN BEFORE."
Mg in Rakhine, Myanmar, is planting trees to protect his school and home from the impacts of climate change like flooding and extreme heat. "I am so pleased that I have the chance to learn about climate change and disasters. I want my school to be cooler than before, so that we can study more comfortably. I also believe plants can prevent flooding, too."
Mg's village is based in the coastal area and suffers from high tides and saltwater flooding at least once a year — existing natural hazards that are likely to worsen because of climate change.
Through our Climate Change Adaptation projects children are:
- taking leadership
- learning how impacts of climate change on their communities
- learning how climate change impacts their rights