WWF Nepal and Save the Children join hands to work on climate change and children
Save the Children and WWF Global signed the global MoU on 1 December 2021 which paved the way for bringing two global organizations together to address some of the most pressing problems faced by our children and planet today – climate crisis and loss of natural ecosystems.
To actualize this global commitment of the two organizations, the country offices of Save the Children and WWF in Nepal signed an MoU today to bring together different knowledge and expertise that can be combined to achieve greater impacts.
Under this agreement, WWF Nepal and Save the Children will promote innovative approaches such as the SHIFT model to empower youth to lead advocacy and campaigning and build thought leadership at the intersection of children, communities, environment, and conservation. Promotion of community-based adaptations, nature-based solutions led by children and youth, enhancement of environmental and climate education and local eco system management for child nutrition are some of the other prioritized areas of collaboration.
Youth climate champions also joined the signing event. Speaking at the event, climate activist Umesh Balal Magar said, "with the partnership, a combo has been formed. Save the Children is doing great work for wellbeing of children and WWF Nepal is doing great work on the protection of nature for all living beings. And the youth campaigners are here to join hands as well. Together we can make a lot of difference."
Dr. Ghana S. Gurung, Country Representative of WWF Nepal stated, “Children and youth are the present as well as the future. They hold the power to shape the future of our planet Earth. It is more important now than ever to educate and empower youth so that they are better able to deal with the impacts of climate change and can become more responsible and capable to advance development efforts in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. Through this partnership, we aim to enhance our understanding on the needs of children and youths and harness their potential to deliver transformational impact at scale as well as provide support in integrating social and environmental issues.”
Around the world, an estimated 710 million children are at the greatest risk of suffering the impacts of climate change. Research by Save the Children revealed children born in 2020 will face on average 2-7 times more extreme weather and climate events than their grandparents – that means more heatwaves, flooding, droughts, crop failures and wildfires. This puts children’s rights to a safe home, healthy environment, healthcare, food and learning at levels of risks never imagined before.
“For us, WWF’s stronger credible track record of climate and environmental campaigning strengthens the credibility of our advocacy and the voice of children and youth”, said Heather Campbell, Country Director of Save the Children. Young people are already leading action on this issue. They are campaigning for change and demonstrating possibilities of more sustainable living. However, these young activists often lack the financial resources, skills, tools and networks they need to realize their vision for transformative community change. This is where we come in”, added Ms. Campbell.