Join us for the sixth public listening session with the Early Years Climate Action Task Force.

This is Planet Ed and Capita have co-convened the Early Years Climate Action Task Force to draft the U.S. Early Years Climate Action Plan. The plan will recommend ways the country can help young children, zero to 8, flourish in the face of climate change. It will be published in late 2023.

This sixth, public listening session of the Early Years Climate Action Task Force will focus specifically around the question: “How can we support parents and early years providers in advocating for a sustainable future?”

Lois A. Martin has a career in Early Learning which spans 32 years. Born and
raised in Washington, her work, beginning with a position at IBM’s New York corporate headquarters, has taken Lois to various cities along the East Coast and Southern regions of the United States. Lois returned to her hometown of Seattle where she discovered her passion for early care and education while volunteering at Community Day Center for Children, Inc. (CDCC). She is now the President/Director, having served in various roles. CDCC is an early learning center founded in 1963 by her mother, Lula A. Martin. In addition to being hands on at CDCC, Lois serves as/on:
• Co-Chair of the Washington State Department of Children, Youth and Families (DCYF)
Early Learning Advisory Council (ELAC) and is a member of its Executive Team;
• Chair, Child Care Aware of Washington;
• Founding Member of the Cultivating the Genius of Black Children Taskforce

Shaina Oliver, a tribal member of the Navajo Nation from Shiprock, New Mexico, is an advocate for Indigenous Peoples’ Rights. In 2015, after the EPA’s toxic mine spill affecting the Animas and San Juan Rivers, which supply water to the Navajo Nation, Shaina became more aware that the environmental disasters that happen in Colorado—where she now lives with her husband and four boys—also impact her tribe’s well-being and future. Testifying with Moms Clean Air Force at EPA hearings and in support of environmental bills at the US Capitol is one important way Shaina lives up to her responsibility to protect all living beings and secure a future for all children. Shaina’s advocacy has been featured by ABC News, Yahoo! News, the Colorado Sun, Indian Country Times, The Tyee, the Denver Post, VoyageDenver, Colorado Public Radio, and Denver7.

Anya Kamenetz speaks, writes, and thinks about generational justice, and how children learn, grow and thrive on a changing planet. She covered education for many years including for NPR, where she co-created the podcast Life Kit: Parenting. Her newest book is The Stolen Year: How Covid Changed Children’s Lives, And Where We Go Now. Kamenetz is currently an advisor to the Aspen Institute and a Co:Generate fellow working on new initiatives at the intersection of children and climate change.

As vice chair of the Clinton Foundation, Chelsea Clinton works alongside the Foundation’s leadership and partners to improve lives and inspire emerging leaders across the United States and around the world. This includes the Foundation’s early child initiative Too Small to Fail, which supports families with the resources they need to promote early brain and language development; and the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U), a global program that empowers student leaders to turn their ideas into action. A longtime public health advocate, Chelsea also serves as vice chair of the Clinton Health Access Initiative and uses her platform to increase awareness around issues such as vaccine hesitancy, childhood obesity, and health equity.

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