Clean Energy is Life
Despite the fact that sustainable energy solutions can provide major opportunities for children in terms of improving their health, education, well-being and development, little attention has been paid to the particular energy needs of children. In developing countries, the most disadvantaged children should especially benefit from low carbon investments, such as sustainable energy. For example, many children still live without clean and safe lighting and electricity in their homes, schools and health clinics. They have little or no access to means of transportation. They have to collect firewood which keeps them away from school whilst putting them frequently in harmful situations. Cooking and heating of their homes is often highly polluting and severely affects their health.
Consequently, investments in sustainable energy in ways that benefit children (e.g. providing electricity for schools and health clinics with solar power panels, and fuel efficient cook stoves to reduce the need for e.g. firewood collection) can deliver win-win situations in terms of child rights and the climate. As a result, UNICEF is increasingly exploring policy advocacy and programming to provide sustainable energy solutions for all children, especially the most vulnerable and disadvantaged.