The Impacts of Climate Change on Children

by Ethan Kurz

When thinking about climate change, usually children do not come to mind. However, according to Rema Hanna and Paulina Oliva (2016), children in developing countries are an important aspect to remember when discussing climate change. Climate change is more dangerous to children in developing countries than in developed countries because of the developing countries’ limited social safety nets, extreme poverty, poor or no health care systems, and weak governments unable to help the poorest of the poor adapt to climate change. Children in developing countries already start off at a disadvantage, and climate change just increases the difficulty in raising a healthy and thriving child. Most of the population in developing countries relies on agriculture for income. With climate change and the resulting new extreme weather patterns, agriculture becomes even less reliable as an income source. A drought could cut off the chances of a child getting medical attention because the family cannot afford it. Children in developing countries also face greater risks of interaction with air or water pollutants. Because of the lack of a strong central government or regulation, children in developing countries have fewer things protecting them from airborne and waterborne contaminants. They also face threats from more parasitic diseases, plagues, and anything that can be contributed to changes in weather pattern or climate change. Continue reading

Climate Change and Refugees

by Ethan Kurz

When thinking about climate change, the usual thought process leads to comments about changing weather patterns and how the world is heating up. However; according to Carment, Betrand, and Yiagadeesen; climate change shouldn’t be looked at from a scientific method, it should be looked at from a humanities perspective, and that is where the connection between Refugees and climate change emerges. Climate change has a large impact on developing countries, specifically countries with high fragility ratings. Climate change affects the development, security, and legitimacy of a state in addition to changing just the environment. The development or infrastructure of a country can be affected adversely though worsening weather conditions due to climate change. The security of a country can also be affected through extreme weather events, which are getting more common because of climate change. The legitimacy of a state may be brought into question as climate change causes bad conditions and the relocation of people. The effects of climate change on development, security, and legitimacy affect the poorest of the poor the most and cause these people to become displaced or refugees. Continue reading