Climate change to cause approximately 250 000 additional deaths per year between 2030 and 2050 according to World Health Organization (WHO) because of extreme changes in temperature.
In a statement issued on the organization’s website, the death will be as a result of malnutrition, malaria, diarrhoea and heat stress. The statement say “children living in poor countries – are among the most vulnerable to the resulting health risks.”
This comes at the time when 195 nations have signed an agreement at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Paris. According to UNFCCC the “Paris Agreement” as it is been called is aimed to hold “the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2 degrees Celsius.”
According to United Nations Children’s fund (UNICEF) children perish more than adults during natural disasters caused by climate change because they are vulnerable and not able to care for themselves. The effect of the aftermath endangers human life with little access to water or food.
In Stockholm, Sweden climate change has caused 300 more premature deaths. According to research and press release from Umeå University in Sweden. This happened as a result of increase in temperatures around the world. This happened in a 30-year span.
Sweden has host global climate conference for sixty-four children to present their views to politicians. Most of these children have personally been affected by climate change. Anna Albinsson, the coordinator of the Children’s Climate Conference is quoted by the Swedish Radio as saying “the children’s voices are important because it’s their planet and it’s their children’s children’s planet, so I think it’s very important that we listen to them.”
This conference comes at a time when UNICEF have argued that although children are mostly affected in climate change disasters, they are less heard and have not played any major role when it comes to debate on climate.
At the climate change conference in Paris, Sweden presents a fossil-free Sweden initiative, telling world leaders that the idea is achievable and can be exported to other countries to fight climate change.