TED speakers share a blueprint for a beautiful net-zero future. This plan – along with inspiring stories of local Colorado action – will be amplified by hundreds of TEDx Countdown events around the world and through a special global live stream event.
Mark your calendars for the Countdown global live stream. Building on the success of the 2020 Countdown launch, this virtual event will lay out a credible and realistic pathway to a net-zero future by bringing together key solutions from the Countdown Summit, stories of local action from around the world, cutting-edge science and technology, social and cultural discussions, powerful performances and a glocal (Global + Colorado local) call to action.
By presenting a real pathway to achieving net-zero, the Countdown global live stream is designed to bring people all over the world together to celebrate and spread the word ahead of the decisive United Nations Climate Conference COP26.
4:00 pm - 4:15 pm Welcome!
Welcome to TEDxVail COUNTDOWN! Plunge into a quick start meeting of the curious, the connected, the communicators, the sympathetic in our friendly rooms before we launch into fresh climate solutions. Enjoy.
4:15 pm - 5:00 pm A Pathway Opens
Whether deep, shallow, fresh, or native, a pathway opens.
Melati Wijsen - Activist & social entrepreneur. Since the age of 12 from her island of Bali & around the world, Melati Wijsen has been a leading voice for change.
Chef Derek Sarno - a vegan-only chef who co-founded Wicked Healthy, a plant-based food blog, with his brother, Chad Sarno.
Gavin McCormick - high-tech environmental activist. He is a co-founder of the Climate Trace, a satellite-and-sensors system to pinpoint the sources of greenhouse gases. The coalition combines satellites & artificial intelligence to detect human-caused greenhouse gases from all major sources.
Jill MacIntyre Witt - "We need everyone everywhere doing everything all the time." Jill is a brave Climate Reality Mentor for Former Vice President Al Gore. She's traveled to Paris for COP21. She coordinates successfully many environmental actions in Washington State with her community & the Lummi Nation. Social Justice is Climate Justice. She wrote the Climate Justice Field Manual, a how-to guide for action, downloadable at climatejusticenow.earth.
Let It Happen - Dutch twin sisters Norah & Yarah along with younger sister Rosa share a passion for vibrant dance that led to the formation of Let It Happen.
Enric Sala - Marine ecologist, Enric is a former university professor who saw himself writing the obituary of ocean life & quit academia to become a full-time conservationist as a National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence. 30x30 initiative: protecting 30% of oceans & 30% of land - minimum we need to keep biodiversity & nature functioning.
5:00 pm - 5:15 pm Let's connect!
This is it...the conversation you came to have! speak up, listen up. What has rooted in your head so far?
5:15 pm - 6:10 pm Imagining?
What norms now are reshaping? Are you imagining your finer future?
Nemonte Nenquimo is a mother & indigenous leader of the Waorani people of Pastaza in Ecuador, fighting to protect the rainforest from oil extraction & logging. Why should we listen to indigenous people (talk filmed in the rainforest of Ecuador)?
Jamey Stillings Photographer, he photographs big-scale renewable energy installations. 3-min video based on his photography
Solitaire Townsend - Sustainability solution seeker. Co-founder & Chief Solutionist of global agency Futerra, Solitaire Townsend argues that the creative industries can’t be neutral in the face of the climate crisis. The role of "enabling" companies (ad & PR agencies, law firms, etc) have a small direct carbon footprint but a huge influence & responsibility in enabling the carbon footprint of their polluting clients & changing that.
Trevor Yahn Grode - epistemocrat. Tracking the industrial cannabis revolution, Trevor helps figure out how to decarbonize the economy without destroying it. There is one renewable, carbon-neutral resource we have that can compete with oil in terms of its versatility: industrial hemp.
Naime Penniman - Freedom-forging Futurist. Naima Penniman is a multidimensional artist devoted to planetary interdependence. She is the cofounder of Wildseed Healing Village & the program director of Soul Fire Farm. Filmed at WILDSEED situated on unceded Stockbridge Munsee Mohican and Lenape territory.
Mercedes Ross - Merchandising Magician in the Bicycle, Ski, Motorcycle, Outdoor & Craft Brewing Industries since 1989. Mercedes loves giving back & changing young lives. She directs Project Bike Tech, a non-profit that uses bicycle education to teach core academics, enhance lives, create career opportunities & inspire new generations to be passionate about bikes.
6:10 pm - 7:00 pm Retooled After Party
Whether these ideas take root, are deeply planted & watered may be up to our network of gardeners of ideas, our planters of innovations, our ability to right time our responses. Elements requested: show up, speak up, listen up, act up.
Speakers may not be confirmed. Check event website for more information.