Red Alert

Background

It is a well-known fact that environmental and climate crises pose multiple threats to societies and children/youth across the country, including cold waves, floods, landslides, and droughts. These climate induced disasters affect children’s education, health and overall wellbeing. Now is the time to act! We need a green and sustainable Covid19 recovery that accelerates decarbonization, protects the environment, and reduces disaster risks and impacts (including future pandemics). Considering the risks posed by climate crisis and environmental crisis, Save the Children in Nepal launched Red Alert Nepal Campaign on 28th July 2020 which is a part of Save the Children International’s bigger Asia Pacific Regional Campaign – “Red Alert” which has been joined by more than 17 countries of Asia Pacific region. 

What is Red Alert Nepal Campaign?

Red Alert Nepal Campaign is our contribution to the Climate action conversations – via an integrated climate and environment approach initiated by us to bring those voices of youth and children once again to the forefront.  With this campaign, we are resonating the unified voice of children supported by media, influencers, private sectors, and the child rights organizations which is highly significant to support or to influence the three tiers of governments in Nepal to take policy actions to avert climate catastrophe. Significantly, the campaign aims to ensure that children (including girls, children with disabilities, and other marginalized children) are protected during any emergencies that could have been caused by climate crisis and environment crisis.

Key Messages

1. The pandemic is the latest warning that we need to reset our relationship with nature and change how we live, work, and treat the environment. We need a green and sustainable Covid19 recovery that accelerates decarbonization, protects the environment, and reduces disaster risks and impacts (including future pandemics).

2. The climate emergency poses multiple threats to societies and children across the country, including cold waves, floods, landslides and droughts. These climate induced disasters affect children’s education, health and overall wellbeing. Take action to save the environment now.

3. Children have done the least to contribute in triggering environmental crisis and climate change. Children are not just victims of the climate crisis, but also an important part of the solution. Engaging and informing children early about environmental crisis and climate change can create pressure to national and global leadersto take strong and immediate climate actions.

4. Children, including girls have been suffering the worst consequences in terms of food, education, health, safety and overall wellbeing during environmental crisis and health emergency, including recent COVID-19 pandemic. The government should take policy actions to prioritize children in the response and involve them to protect their fundamental rights during any forms of disaster and health emergencies.

Call to Action

With this campaign, Save the Children has adopted an child-led and youth-led approach to create or strengthen enabling environments for citizen engagement, public awareness, and political accountability, and increasing the likelihood of sensitization of policy makers of the three tier of governments to formulate and implement relevant laws, policies and programs for protecting children during any emergencies, including the disasters caused by climate and environment crises. Specifically, State 2 and Karnali State are prone to different climate-induced disaster, including flood, landslides, droughts, and pandemics which affect the learning, care, protection, and overall development of children. Therefore, we would like to call on the State Governments of the two States to consider taking immediate policy actions.

For more information: 

Lachhindra Maharjan

Advocacy Specialist 

lacchindra.maharjan@savethechildren.org

Updated On February 2022