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/R E P E A T -- Unique Global Survey Shows That Pollution And Natural Disasters Are The Top Two Environmental Concerns Of Children Across The World/

Small Voices, Big Dreams survey hears the voices of the next generation

TORONTO, Nov. 19, 2012 /CNW/ - A new survey released today by Christian Children's Fund of Canada (CCFC) reveals a collective message among the 6,200 children surveyed across 47 countries: children are increasingly concerned about the health of the planet and have very real fears about pollution and natural disasters.

The third annual Small Voices, Big Dreams survey, launched on Universal Children's Day and commissioned by CCFC together with the ChildFund Alliance, shows that one-third of children globally cite pollution as the environmental problem they worry most about, while one-fifth are most concerned about natural disasters, such as drought, earthquakes and floods. Fifty-three per cent of Canadian children said they were most worried about pollution.

"This year, we asked children about their hopes, dreams and fears, as well as their thoughts on the environment, and they had a lot to say," said Mark Lukowski, CEO of the Christian Children's Fund of Canada. "Whether from urban Canada or rural Africa, it was meaningful to hear the voices of this next generation".

The survey notes interesting trends on how recent major events motivate children's fears. In Africa, where close to half the children have experienced major weather events such as drought, natural disasters are the biggest environmental worry for over a quarter of children, compared to the Americas where pollution is top of mind.

"When Canadian children were asked what they could do to help change the world, over half suggested tactics to prevent people from littering or causing pollution," said Lukowski. "When asked what they would do to improve the lives of children in their country, one in four said they would provide for children's basic needs such as food, clothing, and shelter."

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