Initiatives — Early Years Climate Action

We will focus on empowering our early years sector in taking action on climate change.

Planet Ed Early Years

In partnership with Capita, Early Years Climate Action will explore how the early years sector can support young children, ages 0 to 8, to flourish despite facing the impacts of climate change.

The effects of climate change can be particularly harmful to young children’s health, development, and school readiness. Extreme weather events, increasing air pollution, eco-anxiety, and toxic stress threaten the future of childhood. The early years ecosystem is vast, complex, and fragmented, existing in childcare centers, family homes, and the pediatric healthcare system. Yet little attention has been paid within the U.S. to this intersection of climate change and childhood.

Building on the success of K12 Climate Action, we have launched the Early Years Climate Task Force to develop an Action Plan to support the early years sector in building resilience to climate impacts and taking climate action.

The Early Years Climate Task Force

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Antwanye E. Ford

President and CEO of Enlightened

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Diana Mendley Rauner, Ph. D.

President of Early Start and Former First Lady of Illinois

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Andrew Garner, MD, PhD, FAAP

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Angie Garling

Vice President, Early Care & Education, Low Income Investment Fund

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Barry Ford

President and CEO of Council for a Strong America

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Dr. Alicia Mousseau

Vice President for the Oglala Sioux Tribe

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Dr. Claudia Benitez-Nelson

Senior Associate Dean for College Initiatives and Interdisciplinary Programs

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Dr. Leah Austin

Public School Teacher

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Dr. Louis Finney Jr.

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Dr. Shantel E. Meek

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Derek Walker

Vice President for the U.S. Region at Environmental Defense Fund

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Elizabeth Bechard

Senior Policy Analyst

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Felicia DeHaney

Director of Program and Strategy at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation

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Jennifer McClellan

Senator

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Kahlil Kettering

Program Director

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Lynette M. Fraga, Ph.D.

Educator, Program Director, Executive Leader

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Melissa Rooker

Executive Director of the Kansas Children’s Cabinet and Trust Fund

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Michelle Kang

CEO for the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)

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Miriam Calderón

Chief Policy Officer at ZERO TO THREE

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Patricia Sullivan-Steward

Communications Manager

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Walter S. Gilliam, PhD

Elizabeth Mears & House Jameson Professor of Child Psychiatry & Psychology