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.
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

Press release

Doctors call for action on air pollution

Doctors are marking Clean Air Day today (20 June) by calling on the Scottish Government to act to reduce preventable ill health, caused by air pollution in Scotland.
Staff article

The value of green and blue spaces for wellbeing

Can access to nature and fresh air improve wellness and reduce health inequalities? Dr Alice Willson reflects on her experience as RCPCH Clinical Fellow in the Clean Air Fund Partnership, and how we can imbed sustainability into our working lives.