From the inextricably linked climate emergency and biodiversity crisis, to air and water pollution, deforestation, mining, pesticides and waste, the breadth and diversity of environmental challenges confronting North America is both astounding and sobering. No group is more vulnerable to these forms of environmental harms and injustices than children and young people, especially those facing intersecting inequities linked to race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexual orientation and other characteristics. Social, racial, and environmental justice are deeply connected, as the most disadvantaged populations tend to be those most affected by environmental catastrophes and most marginalized in public policy decision-making.
At the same time, as children and youth have proven beyond doubt, they have crucial perspectives, expertise, and capacity to be powerful agents of change.
In Spring 2021, the International Institute for Child Rights and Development is teaming up with the Children’s Environmental Rights Initiative (CERI) and the David Suzuki Foundation (DSF) and others to host a virtual intergenerational consultation on the right of children and youth to a healthy environment for the North American region, as part of CERI’s series of regional consultations with children and youth across the world.
Learn more about this exciting regional consultation and how you can get involved.