Excessive consumption in rich countries is creating unhealthy, dangerous and toxic conditions for children worldwide, according to a new report released by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) on Tuesday.
“Most rich countries not only fail to provide a healthy environment for children within their borders, they are also contributing to the destruction of children’s environments in other parts of the world,” said Gunilla Olson, director of the UNICEF Office of Research.
The end Innocence Report Card 17: Venue and Venue Children from 39 countries in the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the European Union (EU) compare how their environment is affected.
Indicators include exposure to harmful pollutants such as toxic air, pesticides, moisture and lead; Access to lights, green spaces and safe roads; And countries’ contributions to climate crisis, resource consumption and e-waste dumping.
In the reportSays that if the whole world were to adopt resources at the rate of OECD and EU countries, then the equivalent of 3.3 worlds would be needed to maintain the level of expenditure..
At least five worlds would be needed at the same rate as the people of Canada, Luxembourg and the United States, the report said.
Not in your own backyard
Spain, Ireland and Portugal top the list overall. Not all OECD and EU countries are able to provide a healthy environment for all children in all indices .
Based on CO2 emissions, e-waste and per capita total resource costs, Australia, Belgium, Canada and the United States are among the richest countries in the world that have a lower place in creating a healthy environment for children within and outside their borders.
Meanwhile, Finland, Iceland and Norway are among the countries that provide a healthy environment for their children but contribute disproportionately to the destruction of the global environment.
“In some cases,” said Gunilla Olson, director of the UNICEF Office of Research “We see that countries are among the top contributors to pollutants that destroy the environment of children abroad, while providing a relatively healthy environment for children at home,” he said.
In contrast, the richest OECD and EU countries in Latin America and Europe have far less influence in the wider world.
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More than 20 million children in this group have high levels of lead in their blood, which is one of the environmental toxins.
In Iceland, Latvia, Portugal and the United Kingdom, one in five children is exposed to moisture and mold at home; In Cyprus, Hungary and Turkey, the figure is more than a quarter.
Many children breathe toxic air inside and outside their home.
One in 12 children in Belgium, the Czech Republic, Israel and Poland are exposed to high levels of pesticide contamination, which can be linked to cancer, including childhood leukemia, and damage to vital body systems.
Olson, ” We owe it to ourselves and future generations to create a better place and space for the betterment of children. Said
Improve children’s environment
Children from poor families face environmental damage – which reinforces and exacerbates existing difficulties and inequalities.
UNICEF officials say Growing waste, harmful pollutants and depletion of natural resources harm the physical and mental health of our children and It threatens the stability of our planet, “he said.
Therefore, UNICEF calls on national, regional and local governments to reduce waste, air and water pollution and improve the environment for children by providing high-quality housing and neighborhoods.
Counting children’s voices
To reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, governments and businesses must meet their commitments immediately. Climate adaptation must play a leading role in sectors ranging from education to infrastructure.
Child-friendly environmental policies ensure that children’s needs are included in the decision-making process. And make sure that their views are taken into account when designing policies that disproportionately affect future generations.
The UNICEF report states that although children are the key stakeholders of the future and will face the longest environmental challenges today, it is children who can make the least impact on the course of events.
“We must follow the principles and practices that protect the natural environment on which children and young people rely the most,” said Mrs. Olson.