UN: Clean, Sustainable Environment for All Children

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The United Nations has issued a report affirming that children have the right to a clean, healthy, and sustainable environment.

The report, called General Comment No. 26, comes amid a growing wave of climate litigation centred on the rights of children.

The report states that businesses and states have a responsibility to respect children's rights to the environment. It calls on governments to take urgent action to phase out fossil fuels and increase the use of renewable energy. The report also criticises carbon capture technologies, arguing that they are unproven and should not be relied upon to mitigate climate change.

The report was based on the views of 16,331 children from 121 countries. The children spoke about the impact of climate change on their lives, and they called for urgent action to protect their rights.

The report is a significant step forward in the recognition of children's rights to a clean environment. It is also a call to action for governments and businesses to take the necessary steps to protect the environment for future generations.

Here are some of the key takeaways from the report:

  • Children have the right to a clean, healthy, and sustainable environment.

  • Businesses and states have a responsibility to respect children's rights to the environment.

  • Governments must take urgent action to phase out fossil fuels and increase the use of renewable energy.

  • Carbon capture technologies should not be relied upon to mitigate climate change.

  • Children's voices must be heard in decision-making about climate change.

The report is a powerful reminder of the importance of protecting the environment for future generations. It is also a call to action for governments and businesses to take the necessary steps to address climate change.

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