Live launch Early Childhood Matters - The Climate Issue: Caring for children and the planet
Event date: 
Thursday, December 2, 2021 - 15:00
Event end date: 
Thursday, December 2, 2021 - 16:00
Registration before: 
Thursday, December 2, 2021 - 15:00
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Bernard van Leer Foundation

Why talking about early childhood and climate action together matters.

Join for the launch of Early Childhood Matters – the flagship journal published by the Bernard van Leer Foundation on advances in early childhood development. The 2021 edition was envisioned to create a bridge for conversation between leaders, experts and activists working on climate and the early years. Articles from around the world demonstrate what’s at stake for babies born today if we fail to take action but also what’s possible when we take a collective and intersectional approach. 

For the launch, Early Childhood Matters authors from across geographies and disciplines will have a discussion on why talking about early childhood and climate action together matters. Translation will be available in Spanish and Portuguese.


Opening Message

  • Wanjira Mathai, Environmental activist and Vice President and Regional Director for Africa, World Resources Institute
  • Author Roundtable: The science, solutions and solidarity needed for child-focused climate action
  • H.E. Sana Mohamed Suhail, Director General, Abu Dhabi Early Childhood Authority
  • Bruce Bekkar, Obstetrician, Gynaecologist and Chair Public Health Advisory Council for the Climate Action Campaign
  • Maya Mailer, Campaign Lead, Our Kids’ Climate and Organiser, Mothers Rise Up
  • Marcelo Mena Carrasco, Director, Centro de Acción Climática, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso

​Closing Call to Action

  • Fernando Luiz Machado, Mayor of Jundiai, Brazil

Moderated by: Pamela Druckerman, Journalist and author of Bringing Up Bébé

*More authors to be announced

Register here.