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“Our population and our use of the finite resources of planet Earth are growing exponentially, along with our technical ability to change the environment for good or ill.” Stephen Hawking
7 TED talks that will inspire you to action
“The Greatest Threat to Our Planet Is the Belief That Someone Else Will Save It” – Robert Swan
In this TED talk – Robert Swan shares how 2041 will be a pivotal year for our planet Earth – this will be the end of a 50-year agreement to keep Antartica, the Earth’s last pristine place, free of exploitation.
“It takes a good crisis to get us going. When we feel fear and we fear loss we are capable of quite extraordinary things.” – Paul Gilding
Did we use up all of our resources? Has Earth run out of livable space? In this TED talk, Paul Gilding suggests that we have – and talks about the devastating consequences. This talk is both terrifying and hopeful.
“We as a culture are forgetting that we are actually natural organisms and that we have this very, very deep connection and contact with nature. You can’t divorce civilization from nature – we totally depend on it.” – James Balog
This TED talk contains new image sequences from photographer James Balog of the Extreme Ice Survey, time-lapse recording of our glaciers receding at an alarming rate – the most visual evidence of climate change.
“This study underscores the need to take swift, meaningful actions at home and abroad to address climate change.” – Vicki Arroyo
Let’s set aside politics – Scientific data shows that climate change is happening and that it is measurable. In this TED Talk, Vicki Arroyo tells us it is time to prepare our homes and our cities for this change – prepare for increased risk of flooding, drought, and uncertainty.
“We need to think about the problem differently. We need to think big. We need to think cheap.” – Donald Sadoway
What is the missing link in renewable energy? Storage – we need the power to use the sun’s energy even when the sun is not out, even when the wind is not blowing. In this TED Talk, Donald Sadoway shows the future of large-scale batteries to store renewable energy.
“The climate dice are now loaded. Some seasons still will be cooler than the long-term average, but the perceptive person should notice that the frequency of unusually warm extremes is increasing. It is the extremes that have the most impact on people and other life on the planet.” – James Hansen
James Hansen – a top climate scientist, shares with us a story of his own involvement in the science and debate over global warming.
“I’m a geek. I’m an organic food-eating, carbon footprint-minimizing, robotic surgery geek.” – Catherine Mohr
This is a short and funny TED talk – packed with data. In this talk, Catherine Mohr explains how she built her own green energy house – showing us the real energy numbers and not the hype.
By day, Rachelle, working mother of two, serves as an education advocate and career advisor for MassEdCO. By night, Rachelle provided career consulting and works to promote green energy. When Rachelle is not writing her blog, advising her students, or coaching her clients, she enjoys camping and going to the theater with her two children.