The future of the world lies in the hands of our children. They will be given the majority of responsibility long after most adults have gone. We have a responsibility to leave them and the earth better off than what we received. The damage that has already been done some may say is beyond repair and will have a long-term devastating impact on nature, economy and all the earths inhabitants. Who is most affected? Of course the children are. Let's take a look at how this will impact them.
1. Malnutrition The first and foremost hazard that climate change has on the health of children is malnutrition; the disturbed cycle of seasons affects crop production, vegetables and fruits from being harvested during the appropriate times of the year. This can lead to shortages of food and grains for the remaining months. This is especially so in underdeveloped countries. Children suffer the most, as they need nutrition the most in their growing years.
2. Nature Loss Climate change is the result of increased environmental pollution, chlorofluorocarbons and other corporate fossil fuels neglectful behaviors. It deprives the children of natures greenery, forests, parks and ecosystems. It deprives them of the sustenance that we get from mother earth. It will eventually deprive them of fresh air. They will fail to develop the calming and positive connection mother earth provides if we continue on this destructive path.
3. Infectious diseases The devastation of climate change is there is no balance between the forces of nature; they always work in extremes. Either there is freezing cold, burning summers or flooding monsoons; there is no in between. With the rise in temperatures and ever bothering humidity, it produces the ideal environment for infectious disease to become rampant grow and attack children because their bodies are less immune to fighting these diseases. In the last few years, there has been a dramatic increase in cases of incurable allergies, respiratory diseases, malaria, dengue and typhoid fevers that has been reported especially in areas that have been hard hit as a result of climate change.
4. Force to stay indoors In an age when the children are meant to play with their friends and have a great time outdoors, the rising temperatures of climate change have forced them to remain indoors. Young athletes have died from heat strokes because of sweltering temperatures far above the norm. The past four years have been recorded as the hottest years on record. What can we do for the next generation. We owe it to our children to preserve the earth and leave them a better place in which to live.