The launch of Countdown, a global initiative to champion and accelerate solutions to the climate crisis, is just a few weeks away. Initiated by TED and Future Stewards, Countdown is a global initiative that aims to mobilize millions to halve greenhouse gas emissions by 2030. Speakers will outline what a healthy, abundant, zero-emission future can look like — and how we can build a world that is safer, cleaner and fairer for everyone. Tune in to the free, five-hour virtual event on Saturday, October 10, 2020 from 11am – 5pm ET on TED’s YouTube channel. View the full program and speaker lineup here.
Many Countdown speakers have already shared ideas with TED. Below is a list of their talks to get you thinking in the leadup to the event:
Al Gore, climate advocate
Angel Hsu, climate and data scientist
António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations
Christiana Figueres, stubborn optimist
Elif Shafak, novelist, political scientist
His Holiness Pope Francis, Bishop of Rome
Johan Rockström, climate impact scholar
John Doerr, engineer, investor
Liz Ogbu, designer, urbanist, spatial justice activist
Monica Araya, electrification advocate
Nigel Topping, UK’s High Level Climate Action Champion for COP26
Olafur Eliasson, artist
Rose M. Mutiso, energy researcher
Stephen Wilkes, photographer
Tom Crowther, ecosystem ecology professor
Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr, Mayor of Freetown
Varun Sivaram, clean-energy executive
View the full list of talks in this playlist on YouTube.
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