UNICEF UK have launched a campaign to bring climate change, and the need for more investment in renewable sources of energy, to the attention of MPs and the Prime Minister.
The number of children dying through poverty – mostly in developing countries – has been greatly exacerbated by the degradation of the climate.
Gordon Brown must get serious about climate change and the necessity of enacting the new UK renewable energy strategy, says UNICEF.
The World Health Organisation estimates that 150 million lives each year, and 262 million in 2004 alone, have been lost because of climate change related factors. 98% of the people affected live in developing countries - and children are the most vulnerable of all.
UNICEF UK suggest that investment in alternative, renewable sources of energy is what is urgently required to stave off even more serious consequences. They cite Gordon Brown's promise in 2008 that the UK would lead the way in developing a green economy, but warn that the British government may not even meet its carbon emissions obligations under EU law.
UNICEF say that in order to met the target of finding 15% of the UK's energy needs from renewables by 2020, the public must speak out and voice their concern about world poverty, the reduction of carbon emissions, and the need for greater investment in renewable sources of energy.