Child environmental rights defenders work across the planet on every continent to protect and promote human and environmental rights. These children often work at great personal risk of reprisal and targeting to defend the rights of current and future generations.
In recent years, the concept of climate refugees has gained new importance as the global climate emergency has threatened the livelihoods of millions of people, causing many to leave home. Climate refugees present one of the biggest humanitarian challenges of today (UNHCR, 2015).
No group is more vulnerable to environmental harm than children. Plastic production, use and disposal have a significant impact on children’s rights. Plastics contain toxic chemical additives, which can pose significant threats to children’s development.