Event Demystifying climate change and its relationship with early childhood development
Date Monday May 30 2022
Time 11:00 (SGT)
Language English

This ARNEC webinar was a follow-up to the February launch webinar, Putting Young Children at the Center of Environmental and Climate Change Actions, which kick-started ARNEC, UNICEF EAPRO and Save the Children’s Asia-Pacific regional initiative around advocating for young children’s rights to clean, safe and sustainable environments, focused on climate change and environmental degradation.

With a huge amount of information out there, getting to grips with the basics of climate change, let alone understanding its linkage with the ECD sector, can be overwhelming.

This webinar aimed to support these knowledge gaps. A climate change expert helped demystify both the basic concepts of climate change, as well as the processes like the UNFCCC, Conference of Parties (CoPs), and relevant frameworks like the Paris Agreement, 2030 Sustainable Development Goals and the Sendai Framework for DRR. Participants then explored how ECD can be a solution to address climate change and contribute towards sustainable development.


• To introduce basic concepts of climate change, the UNFCC process and other frameworks and relevant terms for the ECD sector;
• To reform the narrative and show how ECD has already been practicing sustainable development.


Dr. Adrián Cerezo is a social ecologist, environmental scientist and human development researcher. His work interweaves scholarship and real-world practice to explore the complex relation between individuals, society and ecosystems in the context of sustainable development. He is considering the nexus between human and sustainable development from three promising perspectives: Early Childhood Development, Contemporary Social Art Practice, and Global Biodiversity Conservation. Dr. Cerezo holds a Ph.D. with a focus on Social Ecology and Developmental Science from Yale University, where he is also a fellow at Zigler Center for Early Childhood Development Policy. He is currently Knowledge Exchange Lead for ECDAN and serves as consultant for UNICEF global early childhood programs.

Natalie Lucas is a specialist for the US Climate Action network, which is a network of US organizations working together to meet the global goals in the Paris Climate Agreement. Her expertise lies in the renewables and environment industry, having aligned this work alongside various not for profits seeking to work on climate action. She also founded Care About Climate, an organisation which educates, empowers, and unites people around the world to advocate for effective and just climate change solutions.


Rajib Ghosal is the Regional Senior Technical Advisor, Climate Change for Save the Children, Asia-Pacific Regional Office, and has 26+ years of progressively responsible technical and managerial experience working across the humanitarian response-development-climate change-environmental sustainability continuum. Previously, he worked with The Green Climate Fund; UNDP; UNICEF; World Bank; Asian Development Bank; United Nations Office for Project Services; CARE International, ga Khan Foundation, US; Asian Forest Cooperation Organization, South Korea; and Natural Resources International, UK. Rajib holds a Master’s in International Relations from the UK and Bachelor’s in International Studies from the US.

Rajib has led large-scale projects on climate change; resilient livelihoods; gender equality and social inclusion; participatory water and natural resources management; environmental and social safeguards including indigenous peoples planning; community-driven development; child protection; and disaster management.

Related links

• You can watch a recording of the webinar here (passcode: Q3VU0$w1).