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Child rights group urges government support for children adapting to climate-altered environments

Save the Children Philippines released a report indicating that children today are expected to face nearly five times more severe heatwaves than their grandparents. 

The research highlights the growing need for protective measures against climate change.

The organization’s findings reveal that the current generation of children will also experience more river floods, droughts, and crop losses compared to sixty years ago. This data points to significant challenges ahead in safeguarding children’s futures.

Rex Abrigo, Environmental Health Advisor for Save the Children Philippines, said there is an urgency to address climate change’s impacts. 

“Climate change widens existing inequalities and harms underprivileged groups the most. We need more accountability from governments, corporations, and international organizations to protect children,” said Rex Abrigo, Environmental Health Advisor for Save the Children Philippines.

The group is advocating for the Climate Accountability (Clima) Bill through its Generation Hope campaign. The bill aims to hold polluters accountable and allocate resources for climate change mitigation, focusing on vulnerable communities and children.

Carla, a fifteen-year-old from Navotas City, shared her experiences with the heat. She explained how the increased temperatures have impacted her daily routine and called for accountability from major polluters.

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On Monday, the Philippines’ national weather bureau issued a warning about an intense heat index reaching up to 51 degrees Celsius in nine regions, labeling these areas as “danger” zones. 

This classification indicates expected temperatures between 42-51 degrees Celsius, while the Southeast Asia region faces an “extreme caution” alert with temperatures from 33-41 degrees Celsius.

The heat index, which calculates the perceived temperature accounting for humidity, suggests that areas in the danger zone could see significant risks of heat cramps and exhaustion.

The bureau recommended that the public minimize outdoor time and stay hydrated by drinking ample water.

To safeguard students from the risks posed by the high heat index, the Philippine government has opted for online classes instead of in-person sessions, prioritizing the health and safety of children.

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