Sunday, May 26, 2019

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How Climate Change Affects Children: AAP Policy Explained

Here's How Climate Change Affects Our Children Now:

  • Children are more vulnerable to heat waves, especially infants and athletes.
  • Extreme weather events, such as severe stormsfloods or wildfires, not only directly threaten the lives and safety of children, they put them at risk of mental health problems—and can also cause lasting effects when they destroy their communities and their schools.
  • Poor air quality from climate change can cause breathing problems, especially inchildren with asthma.
  • Climate change has led to increases in infections such as Lyme diseasediarrhea, and parasites, which are often more dangerous to children than adults.
  • In some parts of the world, climate change has led to less food—and less healthy food.

If Climate Change Continues:

But if climate change continues, so will the effects on our children as they grow into adults. They will live in a world with:
  • Unhealthier air
  • Fewer species of plants and animals
  • Less land, as the seas rise
  • Less food
  • Mass migration, as people try to find a safe and healthy place to live
  • More instability, as people and governments argue over limited resources

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