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The Effects of Climate Change on Children’s Education Attainment
Leal Filho, W.; Balasubramanian, M.; Abeldaño Zuñiga, R.A.; Sierra, J.
Published in
April 2023
It is proven that the consequences of climate change have more significant impacts on the most vulnerable populations, and children are one of these social groups at risk of poverty and social exclusion. In this regard, education plays a pivotal role to guarantee the children’s personal and professional development. In this context, there is a need for scientific research on how climate change impacts children’s educational attainment. This paper analyzes the extent to which climate change influences education attainment among children and suggests measures to address the problem. It reports on a literature review complemented by a set of case studies, with the purpose of exploring how child-centered responses to climate change can contribute to building the resilience of households and communities. Based on the findings from the study and bearing in mind the international literature on the topic, the paper outlines some possible areas of intervention concerning climate literacy and climate education, which may be helpful in raising awareness among children about climate change and its many ramifications.