Child health inequalities and climate change

Climate change poses an existential threat to the health and wellbeing of children and young people. But it is not experienced equally. We look at unequal exposure to its effects, capacity to adapt, food security and eco distress. It's time again to #ShiftTheDial

Our position - the evidence and policy recommendations for UK

Actions to combat climate change could improve child health equity. And actions to improve equity have the potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Our call to the four UK Governments: make child health central to climate policy development.

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Our first tool for paediatricians outlines the evidence: how climate change impacts on children and young people’s health in the UK, and and how it exacerbates health inequalities.
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Our second tool encourages you to try to influence decisions within systems and institutions. We explore how we can listen to different points of view and collectively identify solutions.
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Our report, 'Preserving the world for future generations' gives insight into how children and young people - in the UK and internationally - perceive and understand climate change.
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Our roundtable in Westminster, 12 December

Thank you to everyone who invited your MP to this important event, which took place late last year. Keep an eye out for an update.

Illustration of park with slide, on a slope marked social gradient. Sun beams with words: Eco anxiety, Capacity to adapt to climate change, Unequal food system, Unequal exposure to the effects of climate change. Beneath higher side of slope reads: Less deprivation, poverty and child deprivation; More green space; Nutritious food supply. Beneath lower side of slope reads: Higher deprivation, poverty and child deprivation; Deprived urban areas with less green space; Less access to nutritious food.

Our latest news and blogs on health inequalities and/or climate change


Ride for their Lives at the RCPCH conference 2024

On Sunday 24 March, delegates from across the UK are cycling to the RCPCH conference in Birmingham as part of Ride for their Lives to inspire action on air pollution and the wider climate crisis.
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RCPCH responds to NHS Dental Recovery Plan

NHS England and the Government have published their plan to combat high demand for NHS dentistry and focus on greater prevention and good oral health in young children.