How will the climate and nature crises impact young people?

Young people living in low-income households are more likely to be impacted by climate change than their more affluent peers, research from NPC is warning.

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Young people on low incomes in the UK are more likely to be affected by the changing environment than their more affluent peers. Conversely, young people on low incomes also stand to benefit the most from more support and targeted policies as part of the green transition.

There is an abundance of evidence for how environmental crises will harm young people’s physical and mental health, but there is also evidence that young people’s education, development, and income will be hindered as well.

The most clearly evidenced impacts of our changing climate and air pollution on young people are:

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