x = independently organized TED event

Theme: Hope in a Heated Planet

This event occurred on
December 8, 2021
San Francisco, California
United States

TEDxCityofSanFrancisco presents Hope in a Heated Planet, a curation of TEDx talks and performances to inspire community action in the fight against climate change.

The City and County of San Francisco invites you to celebrate the launch of the City’s 2021 Climate Action Plan on Wednesday, December 8, 2021, from 5:30–7:00 p.m. PST.

TEDxCityofSanFrancisco is part of a global initiative, TEDx Countdown, which aims to accelerate solutions to the climate crisis. This virtual event is free and open to all – registration will go live in mid-November.

The event will be hosted by the Director of the San Francisco Department of the Environment, Debbie Raphael, and will feature talks from Mayor London N. Breed, as well as local activists, youth, artists, and business leaders who will share their stories of hope and progress toward a healthier, more equitable San Francisco for all.

Event Theme
The theme of TEDxCityofSanFrancisco is Hope in a Heated Planet. As we witness the increased impacts of climate change it can be difficult to feel optimistic, but what we have is hope—hope in people, hope in solutions, and hope in our ability to take collective action. It’s action that gives rise to hope. Hope is a conviction that one can act to make things better. As Greta Thunberg says, “When we start to act, hope is everywhere.”

Event Details and Registration
Registration will be open to all and will go live in mid-November. Full event details, including the list of speakers, will be made available in the coming weeks. For more information visit TEDxCityofSanFrancisco.

About the Speakers and Performances
Details coming soon.

About the San Francisco Climate Action Plan
The San Francisco Climate Action Plan charts a pathway to achieve net zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2040 and works toward addressing racial and social equity, public health, economic recovery, resilience, and providing safe and affordable housing to all. To learn more about San Francisco’s updated Climate Action Plan visit

About TEDx
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized (subject to certain rules and regulations).

About TEDx Countdown
Countdown is a global initiative, powered by TED and Future Stewards, to accelerate solutions to the climate crisis. The goal: to build a better future by cutting greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2030 towards reaching net zero by 2050. To learn more about the initiative and how you can take action on climate change, visit

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Speakers may not be confirmed. Check event website for more information.

Adrianna Zhang

Chair, San Francisco Youth Commission | Founder, SF CHANGE
Adrianna is a 16-year-old civic advocate, youth leader, and policy-writer passionate about creating equitable and systemic change for all. A San Francisco native, she currently serves as Chair of the San Francisco Youth Commission where she works with lawmakers to bring youth voices to the forefront of creating policy and legislation. She is the Founder of SF CHANGE, a non-profit providing youth education on topics not covered in standard school curriculum.

Debbie Raphael

Director, San Francisco Environment Department
Debbie Raphael is the Director of the San Francisco Department of the Environment and believes that cities can take bold action to address environmental harm. A scientist by training and public servant by profession, Debbie has spent most of her career working in government to ensure that everyone has an equal right to a safe and healthy environment. As Director, Debbie leads the City’s efforts to address climate change and build resilience. Named one of the world’s 100 most influential people in climate policy, Debbie is a frequent keynote speaker at international climate conferences and a national spokeswoman on environmental issues.

Lil Milagro Henriquez

Founder and Executive Director, Mycelium Youth Network
Lil Milagro (detribalized Nahuat Pipil) is a 20-year veteran of social justice movements. She's an experienced speaker, organizer, and activist. She was awarded the Jonathan Daniels Memorial Fellowship for Social Justice, the Women’s Earth Alliance fellowship, and was recognized as one of the Eco-Warriors of 2021 by Marin Magazine.

William Rogers

President & CEO, Goodwill of San Francisco, San Mateo, and Marin
William is a purpose-driven leader with a resolute commitment to advancing social, economic, environmental and racial justice. With broad experience in nonprofit, government, business, and philanthropy, he is respected for building enduring partnerships, leading with integrity and inclusion, and delivering meaningful impact and sustainable results.

Organizing team




  • Alex Bogdan
  • Riley Ornido
    Team member