The cascading effects of climate change on children: extreme floods, family mobility and child well-being in Amazonia

de Carvalho, Thaís ORCID: (2024) The cascading effects of climate change on children: extreme floods, family mobility and child well-being in Amazonia. Climate and Development. ISSN 1756-5529

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Climate change is a systemic crisis with an important intergenerational dimension, as its detrimental effects are expected to escalate over time. While the Children's Climate Risk Index (CCRI) provides valuable insights into measurable generational vulnerabilities, it tends to overlook the intricate and cascading impacts of weather changes on children's lives. This paper reflects on the less visible dimensions of children’s climate risk by examining a burgeoning trend of seasonal migration in Amazonia’s floodplains. Combining in-depth participant observation and draw-and-tell interviews with children, the paper focuses on identifying the different factors that shape children’s diverse experiences of flood impacts. The article examines how age and gender shape decisions around family mobility, and how different patterns of economic migration affect children left behind. The findings reveal that climate change is eroding vital social networks for children and exposing them to material and emotional hardship. The conclusion reflects on the importance of a more nuanced understanding of children’s climate risk and presents potential directions for attending to relational precarity in climate programming.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Funding information: This paper derives from my PhD research, which was funded by the University of East Anglia’s Faculty of Social Sciences with additional grants from the Education Development Trust, the Society of Latin American Studies, and UEA’s School of International Development.
Uncontrolled Keywords: sdg 13 - climate action,sdg 3 - good health and well-being,sdg 10 - reduced inequalities,4* ,/dk/atira/pure/sustainabledevelopmentgoals/climate_action
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Global Development (formerly School of International Development)
Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 25 Jun 2024 16:30
Last Modified: 25 Jun 2024 16:30
DOI: 10.1080/17565529.2024.2345331

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