Taking a Collective Breath:
Clean air for babies, toddlers and their caregivers in cities.
Air pollution affects us all, but its negative impacts are spread unevenly. Exposure to high-levels of air pollution before birth and in the first years of life can have dangerous lifelong consequences, making young children living in cities the most vulnerable.
This is why the Bernard van Leer Foundation will gather the Urban95 network to re-connect, build on collaborations, and discover new ideas and partners at the Urban95 Convening, which focuses on why clean air is an essential part of creating healthy, safe, and vibrant cities in which young children and their families thrive.
The Urban95 Convening will be held online with two global gatherings on 2 and 14 September and local meetings happening between 3 and 13 September.
Each global gathering will feature a 2.5-hour programme from 14:00–16:30 CET.
Air pollution is hurting the health and future potential of millions of children around the world. Each year, nearly 600,000 children under five die from diseases caused or exacerbated by its effects.
Children don’t have the power to change their environment, while parents and caregivers are limited in what they can do to protect young children from exposure. Actually solving the issue requires a societal response to address the sources of pollution.