Climate Change, Children and Intergenerational Equity

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When: Thursday, March 29, 2018 – 12pm-2pm
Where: Wolfe Conference Room, 6 E 16th Street, Room 1103, New York, The New School


Equity for Children will host a talk at The New School about intergenerational equity and environmental justice in partnership with the sustainability-focused student organization, Oikos NYC, and with support from the Environmental Studies Program at The New School. The objective is to engage with young people to discuss and share what youths are doing and can do now to challenge the status quo and advocate for a healthy environment for present and future generations. The event will seek to answer the following questions:

  • What does intergenerational equity mean when looked at through the lens of climate change?
  • What is the cost of inaction for young people today and for future generations?
  • How can children and youth advocate intergenerational equity?

Today’s generation of young people will be disproportionately affected by climate change. Children are at greater risk of climate-linked illnesses, and more vulnerable during natural disasters, the consequences of which can have lifetime effects. For young people living in poverty or social exclusion, this vulnerability is magnified. As they become adults, today’s generation of children and youth will likely experience the worst effects of a changing climate, raising issues of inter-generational equity. Despite these concerns, young people are rarely addressed in climate adaptation policies, and their potential as agents of change is often under-estimated. The dynamic contributions of young people today, and not just as tomorrow’s leaders, deserves visibility and promotion.

Speakers will include:


If you cannot attend in person the event will be livestreamed on the Equity for Children Facebook page. Be sure to tune in!


Listen to our interview of Julia Puaschunder about responsible intergenerational leadership.
Read Samantha Cocco-Klein‘s research on youth-led and youth-targeting initiatives to address climate change in China, the Pacific Islands and the United States.



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