TED Circles: Everyone's environment

It's everyone's environment and it's past time to fight for its future. These talks can guide your thinking on the best ways to start and continue climate activism — in big and small ways. In this playlist, you'll hear a variety of ideas that will help you consider how to be kind and help rewind the damage done to our Earth. If you'd like to discuss this theme in small groups, visit

  1. 15:00
    Per Espen Stoknes How to transform apocalypse fatigue into action on global warming

    The biggest obstacle to dealing with climate disruptions lies between your ears, says psychologist and economist Per Espen Stokes. He's spent years studying the defenses we use to avoid thinking about the demise of our planet — and figuring out a new way of talking about global warming that keeps us from shutting down. Step away from the doomsday narratives and learn how to make caring for the earth feel personable, do-able and empowering with this fun, informative talk.

  2. 15:54
    Tom Rivett-Carnac How to shift your mindset and choose your future

    When it comes to big life problems, we often stand at a crossroads: either believe we're powerless against great change, or we rise to meet the challenge. In an urgent call to action, political strategist Tom Rivett-Carnac makes the case for adopting a mindset of "stubborn optimism" to confront climate change — or whatever crisis may come our way — and sustain the action needed to build a regenerative future. As he puts it: "Stubborn optimism can fill our lives with meaning and purpose."

  3. 12:12
    Cheryl Holder The link between climate change, health and poverty

    For the poor and vulnerable, the health impacts of climate change are already here, says physician Cheryl Holder. Unseasonably hot temperatures, disease-carrying mosquitoes and climate gentrification threaten those with existing health conditions, while wealthier people move to higher ground. In an impassioned talk, Holder proposes impactful ways clinicians can protect their patients from climate-related health challenges — and calls on doctors, politicians and others to build a care system that incorporates economic and social justice.

  4. 13:21
    Kelsey Leonard Why lakes and rivers should have the same rights as humans

    Water is essential to life. Yet in the eyes of the law, it remains largely unprotected — leaving many communities without access to safe drinking water, says legal scholar Kelsey Leonard. In this powerful talk, she shows why granting lakes and rivers legal "personhood" — giving them the same legal rights as humans — is the first step to protecting our bodies of water and fundamentally transforming how we value this vital resource.