When extreme conditions become more extreme, how will children fare?
Pacific Islanders have historically managed living with extreme weather. But changing climatic conditions due to human-induced influences appear certain to change their worlds. In fact, changes are already evident. In a world that is largely struggling with rapid urbanisation, lack of sanitation infrastructure, scarce water resources and extensive poverty, the changes to come will continue making tough conditions tougher. To that, they will add more turmoil with new challenges.
What are these changes likely to be and how will they affect children? As part of a series of analytical investigations of climate change impacts on children in East Asia and the Pacific, UNICEF looked at the Pacific Islands generally and Kiribati and Vanuatu in particular because their current development challenges are expected to be severely impaired by future global warming.
Video: Young people raise awareness about climate change in Kiribati