Climate Change & Early Learning & Development

In every crisis, children are amongst the most vulnerable. The same is true for climate change.”

– Inga Menke, Carl-Friedrich Schleussner

We are supporting children and building our systems today, for tomorrow – a tomorrow with climate conditions that will be very different than they are today.

We have more questions than answers, and think now is the time to elevate the importance of the relationship between climate change and young children’s learning and development, presently and in the future.

We’re having the discussion about the impact of climate change on young children—emotional, cognitive, physical—and learning about what is being done—and figuring out what else we can do—to mitigate this impact, in Vermont and beyond it’s borders.

Webinar

Climate Change and
Early Learning & Development

Understand, Reflect, & Take Action

What we know about climate change, what is being done about it, and how climate change impacts the learning and development of young children.

Participants

Megan Camp

Shelburne Farms

Bill McKibben

Middlebury College

Mary Powell

Former CEO, Green Mountain Power

Dr. Paul Rosenau

UVM Medical Center

Sarah Sciortino

Organize UVM

Thank you for joining our webinar on Climate Change and Early Learning & Development

This was just the beginning of what we hope can be a series of conversations and activities related to climate change and early learning and development.

We appreciate the time you dedicated to watching Tuesday’s conversation with Mary, Bill, Paul, Megan and Sarah. We chose to do a follow up survey instead of having a chat option to monitor during the webinar.

Thank you,
Mark Sustic

Panel Discussion

Children in Nature

Discussing the reciprocal relationship between children and the natural world.

“Recently I had the opportunity to talk with Mary Zentara and Jeanne Goldhaber about the connections for the early childhood community and the connection with climate change education. Here is a clip from our conversation with more to come. Enjoy the listen and I hope you also get to find space to have these important conversations.”  – Jed Norris

Participants

Jed Norris
(Moderator)

Mary Zentara

Jeanne Goldhaber

Resource Library

9 Things You Can Do About Climate Change


American Academy of Pediatrics


Children Change their Parent’s Minds about Climate Change from


Climate Disruption Is Now Locked In. The Next Moves Will Be Crucial.


The Complete Guide to Divestment


Did Trump Scare Americans into caring about climate change? by Kate Yoder


Global Health Burden of Climate Change Falls on Children under 5: Young People Take Action from Court of Appeals Considers Whether U.S. Climate Policy Violates Rights of Young People


Humans waging ‘suicidal war’ on nature – UN chief Antonio Guterres


Organizations Fighting Climate Change


Smoke Inhilation in Children


Three Scenarios for the Future of Climate Change Elizabeth Kolbert


Why I Joined the Sunrise Movement


Your Guide to Talking With Kids of All Ages About Climate Change


350.org
https://350.org/bill
Bill McKibben is an author, environmentalist, and activist. In 1988 he wrote The End of Nature, the first book for a common audience about global warming. He is a co-founder and Senior Advisor at 350.org, an international climate campaign that works in 188 countries around the world.


Bill McKibben TED Talk
What We’ve Learned About Climate Change in the Last 30 Years


The Limit We Face
Civilization’s last chance by Bill McKibben


Talking to Kids
Bill McKibben


Dali Lama on climate change


Global Health Burden of Climate Change Falls on Children under 5: Young People Take Action from Court of Appeals Considers Whether U.S. Climate Policy Violates Rights of Young People


Absolute and Unreviewable Power to Destroy the Nation: Young People Lose Case from Federal appeals court dismisses young people’s climate lawsuit


Biden Plan ‘Pope Francis Directed the Global Community to Raise Awareness About Growing Climate Change Crisis’


Climate change bills can’t wait


Climate inaction endangers public health, David Rand
Doctors, nurses, veterinarians and other health care providers are expected to act to protect public and personal health. They are expected to say what needs to be said. As stewards, they are obligated to speak out, stand up, and act to protect public health.


COVID-19 and climate change: What can we learn about saving lives?


The Four Most Effective Things You Can Do About Climate Change, According To Science


Global Warming Solutions Act has tripartisan support


It’s all about climate


Preparing for Climate Migration


Solving Our Problems as Societies and Civilizations from Inconspicuous Consumption: The Environmental Impacts You Don’t Know You Have by Tatiana Schlossberg


We have the playbook for global warming


Wildfire Smoke


Pope St. Francis The pandemic has ‘given us a chance to develop new ways of living.’


Green New Deal


Wild at Heart by Alice Outwater
‘….. history shows we should not despair. We have solved many environmental problems in the past. We saved the whales, healed the ozone hole, and cleaned up our air and water. We stopped killing everything. When you see how far we’ve come, it seems like dealing with global warming is just the next step.’


Rise for Climate
On 7 continents, in 95 countries, with 900+ actions, people worldwide demand real climate action from their local leaders.


Bill Nye the Science Guy, climate change basics


Bina Venkataraman, Thinking About Climate Change in the Wake of Coronavirus, discussion about our long-term thinking regarding climate change in the wake of coronavirus


Toxic Stress AAP Policy


AG calls Global Warming Solutions Act constitutional; Scott admin still has reservations


Can the environment withstand continued industrial extraction? Suzanna Jones: What ‘Planet of the Humans’ reveals about us
Can we, those in the dominant West, persist in taxing the natural world to fulfill our own ‘needs’ and desires?


Climate Change and Children’s Health


The climate issue New York Times magazine July 26, 2020, As a warming mix parts of the planet less and less livable, an epic climate migration has begun


Crunch time for the Global Warming Solutions Act


Future of Children
Four interrelated themes: 1. Climate change will fundamentally alter Earth’s climate system in many ways that threaten children’s physical and mental wellbeing; 2. Today’s children and future generations will bear a disproportionate share of the burden of climate change, which will affect child wellbeing through many direct, indirect, and societal pathways; 3. Children in developing countries and countries with weak institutions face the greatest risks; 4. The uncertainties associated with climate change and its mitigation—coupled with the fact that the costs of climate change mitigation policies need to be paid now, but the benefits will accrue in the future—make it difficult to enact appropriate policies.


How to Protect Children from Wildfire Smoke


The Most Important Thing Individuals Can Do About Climate Change


Role of Young People in the Fight Against Climate Change


A tale of two crises: COVID-19 and climate change


What Does Climate Change Have to do with COVID-19? Scientists warn worse pandemics are on the way if we don’t protect nature.


You Should Have Listened, New York Tells Big Oil by Bill McKibben


Unless we act now: The impact of climate change on children
Today’s children, and their children, are the ones who will live with the consequences of climate change. This report looks at how children, and particularly the most vulnerable, are affected and what concrete steps need to be taken to protect them.


What Does Climate Change Have to do with COVID-19? Scientists warn worse pandemics are on the way if we don’t protect nature


Climate inaction endangers public health David Rand
Doctors, nurses, veterinarians and other health care providers are expected to act to protect public and personal health. They are expected to say what needs to be said. As stewards, they are obligated to speak out, stand up, and act to protect public health.


Solving Our Problems as Societies and Civilizations from Inconspicuous Consumption: The Environmental Impacts You Don’t Know You Have by Tatiana Schlossberg


Climate Change Children’s Health AAP Report

The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert


Wild at Heart by Alice Outwater
‘….. history shows we should not despair. We have solved many environmental problems in the past. We saved the whales, healed the ozone hole, and cleaned up our air and water. We stopped killing everything. When you see how far we’ve come, it seems like dealing with global warming is just the next step.’

Unless we act now: The impact of climate change on children 
Today’s children, and their children, are the ones who will live with the consequences of climate change. This report looks at how children, and particularly the most vulnerable, are affected and what concrete steps need to be taken to protect them
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