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Environment

The climate crisis directly affects children around the world and is an existential threat to our mission for children.

It cuts across their rights to health, education and protection. Unless the world addresses the crisis directly, today’s children will bear the burden, especially those living in regions most vulnerable to poverty and emergencies.

Save the Children has a unique role to play in supporting children’s call for action, protecting them from climate emergencies and developing evidence about the impact of this monumental crisis on children.

PROTECTING CHILDREN’S RIGHT TO A FUTURE

We’re already helping families to cope with the impact of increasing climate shocks like floods and droughts and to build their resilience. But the scale of the threat means we need to do much more.

In 2020, we joined other Save the Children members in making a declaration of action to tackle the climate crisis. As a child rights issue, the climate crisis will be central to our upcoming 2022–24 strategy.

Save the Children UK is an active member of the movement’s global Climate Crisis Task Force, working under our environmental sustainability and climate crisis policy, with growing resources and budget, and leading on our 2020 commitments across four pillars:

Pillar 1: Advocacy
Pillar 2: Programming
Pillar 3: Operations
Pillar 4: Funding

To find out more about these commitments, click here.

A child in India

CRACK THE CRISES

In 2021, the UK will host two critical summits, the G7 in June and the UN COP26 summit in November. 

With the world facing challenges such as Covid-19, poverty and injustice, and the climate crisis, UK decision-makers have an opportunity to demonstrate their global leadership.

Save the Children has convened a coalition of organisations across the UK to advocate for a better future for people and planet. 

We’re bringing people together to #CracktheCrises – by taking individual actions, by supporting others and by calling on decision-makers to act.

Add your name to our petition and help children everywhere get vaccines and healthcare when they need it, fight poverty, and tackle the climate crisis for generations to come.

Taslima in Bangladesh

HUMANITARIAN RESPONSE RESEARCH

Ahead of COP26, we’re collaborating on an innovative research project with UK-Med and the Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute (HCRI) at the University of Manchester, and with the support of the Disasters Emergency Committee, that aims to help those who deal with humanitarian crises prepare for the future. To find out more about the aims of the research, click here.

MEASURING OUR IMPACT ON THE ENVIRONMENT

Save the Children UK has measured the carbon emissions of our UK operations since 2011 and has publicly reported since 2013. To view these reports, see below.

In 2021 the global movement will review comprehensive emissions data and commit to reduction targets to continue this positive change. In 2020, Save the Children UK continued our work to make our head office heating, ventilation, air conditioning and lighting systems more environmentally sustainable. And we introduced new restrictions to our pension funds to exclude companies involved in the upstream (extraction) segment of the fossil fuel industry as well as any companies that derive more than 10% of their revenues from fossil fuel activity.

To read our energy and emissions reporting for 2020, click here. This information is designed to meet our Streamlined Energy and Carbon Reporting obligations. A more comprehensive look into our impact on the environment in 2020 will be available on our website at a later date in 2021.

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