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This event occurred on
October 17, 2020
Vail, Colorado
United States

You'll Xperience two carefully curated hours of TED Talks on climate solutions spiced up with an Xtra hour of interactivities with more than 15 speakers who combine TED's signature blend of actionable and research-backed ideas, cutting-edge science, and moments of wonder and inspiration. We'll be Xploring Energy, Transportation, Nature, Industry, Infrastructure, and Action, Action, Action! In fun ways, how will we make new choices personally, in our families and neighborhoods, and in our states and regionally? Your voice matters and you will have opportunities to make yours heard. CAN WE COUNT YOU IN?

Kat Haber, TEDxVail Organizer, invites you to bring a paper and colorful pens or markers to jump start our common grounding for our collective COUNTDOWN. We've been listening all summer. While in a pandemic pause we've been wondering together what are the clues we can gather from this moment that impact our local community while the climate crisis rages on in local fires, drought, and water depletions? How are you responding to our current climate crisis? What does climate science know? How might we achieve a net-zero future? How might we advance climate justice? Hear from experts, policymakers and activists.

2:00 pm - 2:45 pm
Session 1: What's happening with our destabilized climate?
Countdown is a global initiative to accelerate solutions to the climate crisis. The goal: to build a better future by cutting greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2030. Prince William invites us to shift our minds and actions on climate with an EARTHSHOT. Johan Rockström is a climate impact scholar on Earth resilience. Severn Cullis-Suzuki is a lifelong environmental educator seeks justice for future generations. Raye Zaragoza is an award-winning singer-songwriter who Paste Magazine called "one of the most politically relevant artists in her genre." The transparent simplicity and experiential nature of Olafur Eliasson's work has built his reputation as one of the world's most accessible creators of contemporary art. Sophie Howe safeguards the interests and well-being of the future generations of Wales. Known for his unusual approach to everyday issues, Andri Snær Magnason is a storyteller and environmental activist.

2:45 pm - 3:05 pm
Interactivity with Mike Moreno.
The climate crisis demands leadership at every level. Governments, cities and businesses are three key players in designing and implementing the necessary transition. How might we elevate climate response on our political and social agenda? What might businesses do to transform to this new set of realities?

3:05 pm - 3:50 pm
Session 2: What 's our vision for a finer world?
Among our visionaries you'll find here a singer, animations, business leaders, and climate researchers. Myles Allen studies how human activities and natural drivers contribute to changes in global climate and risks of extreme weather. From the tiny town of Ålesund in Norway, singer-songwriter Sigrid is a remarkable talent with a colossal mind, attitude and voice. Nigel Topping, UK High Level Climate Action Champion for COP26, appointed by the UK Prime Minister in January 2020, Nigel Topping will forecast how we might come together for a finer future. Agriculture is a significant contributor to carbon in our atmosphere. We'll ask, "How can we feed every member of a growing global population a healthy diet while preserving the planet?' and "What is Net Zero?" and "Where does the carbon go?" John Doerr is an engineer, acclaimed venture capitalist and the chairman of Kleiner Perkins who will have a debate about expectations of business solutions with Climate policy expert Hal Harvey who works with policymakers to develop a clean energy future. Dave Clark, SVP of worldwide operations at Amazon, leads Amazon’s global supply chain and logistics operations will discuss solutions for global supply chain for the climate pledge with Kara Hunt, head of worldwide sustainability at Amazon, leads the development and evolution of sustainability and social responsibility at Amazon. This solutions-packed session will end with a question: "Why act now?"

3:50 pm - 4:10 pm
Interactivity with Varun Khurana
Transforming big systems is a huge task. Energy, transportation, industry and infrastructure all pose their own challenges. And yet that transformation is already happening. Xperts will show how and where we might accelerate massive scaled change. The world around us is mainly made of two things: nature and the materials that we extract from it. To fight climate crisis, we need to protect and regenerate nature and transform materials into low or zero-carbon alternatives. Do you wonder about the nexus of protection, regeneration and transformation?

4:10 pm - 4:40 pm
Session 3: What do I do? and How do I get others to act with me?
Now that we are aware of our crashing climate and have a vision for some places we might go, how do we get to a finer future? Welcome back to our current reality with Cynthia Erivo, actor, performer known for her role in the Broadway revival of "The Color Purple," Cynthia Erivo received two Academy Awards nominations in 2019 for her work on the movie "Harriet," about the life of Harriet Tubman. Thomas Crowther, ecosystem ecology professor in collaboration with vast networks of ecologists around the world, Thomas works to address the global threats of biodiversity loss and climate change. Stephen Wilkes blends up to 100 still photographs into a seamless composite that captures the transition from day to night, Stephen reveals the stories hidden in familiar locations. We'll ask the question, "Why act now?" Roman Krznaric, long-view philosopher, writes about the power of ideas to change society. You'll learn about a COUNT US IN launch of a citizen action campaign. Finally we'll hear from Ava DuVernay calling us to vote.

4:40 pm - 5:00 pm
Interactivity with Sasha Marks
It’s time to take action. Xplore the road ahead with us. How might we act personally, urgently and long-term about our shared climate crisis. How do we include the interests of future generations in today’s decisions? How do we as individuals, communities and organizations reshape a finer future? We are finishing strong with activating poetry. The Countdown to net zero by 2030 is on!

Tune in on 10.17.2020...we'll see you in the zoom room soon!
Vail, Colorado, 81632
United States
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Organizing team


Vail, CO, United States


Vail, CO, United States
  • Alessandra Nicole
  • Alysia R Dahir MBA
  • Mike Moreno
    Post production