Climate change

Children are among the most vulnerable to the health risks of climate change. Through our Climate Change Working Group, which includes enthusiastic members and staff, we’re looking at what we can all do to help combat climate change for the future benefit of children and young people.

Our podcast on COP26 and beyond

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"It's every child's right to grow up in a safe environment. And we have to prioritise this for future generations of children to thrive."

In this podcast episode, recorded in November 2021, we reflect on COP26 and what it meant for child health. We also discuss our new impact of climate change position statement, and offer advice to paediatricians on how to support this important issue.

The impact of climate change on global child health - our position statement

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We need to use our collective voice as a College to support urgent action on this issue.
To support members to become more environmentally sustainable and take action on climate change.
There are so many ways to join us – read about current opportunities to join us in our climate advocacy work.

Further news and blogs on climate change

Our work on air quality

Illustration by Maya, age 11

Climate change can impact air quality and, conversely, air quality can impact climate change. Poor air quality has been linked to serious health conditions in children, such as cancer, asthma and cardiovascular diseases.

We are committed to leading the way to adopt ways of working and policies that support improvements in air quality. In January 2020, we published two major pieces of research and policy advocacy to highlight the threat of poor air quality to health outcomes for children.