Climate change

Children are among the most vulnerable to the health risks of climate change. Through our Climate Change Working Group we are looking at what the College and our members can do to play our part in combating climate change for the future benefit of children and young people.
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A group of enthusiastic members are helping us deliver the College’s ambitious climate change strategy.
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We need to use our collective voice as a College to support urgent action on this issue.
There are so many ways to join us – read about current opportunities to join us in our climate advocacy work.

2020 saw children bear the burden of COVID-19, impacting their freedom, education and mental wellbeing. As our children return to their lives, we must ensure they go back to a healthy environment where they can learn and play safely.

To commemorate #CleanAirDay in mid-June, we looked at the impact of poor air quality on children's health.

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.