Posted By: Envision2bWell, Inc
Today is Earth Day, the day set aside every year to globally raise awareness about the environment and the crisis of climate change. (A bit of history for you: Earth Day actually began in 1970 in the United States and it wasn’t until 1990 that the movement went global.)
Earth Day is an enormously important day to the movement for climate change and the non-profit organization does much to advance the efforts of climate action. Yet 30+ years later, not nearly enough has changed.
The reason for this inaction isn’t because we don’t have the solutions or knowledge to combat the problem. We do. The reason is it hasn’t become important enough yet. It's not the top story in the news cycle every day. A critical mass of people has yet to declare in no uncertain terms that change must and will happen now. We are reaching a critical juncture. We either make the changes necessary or we face consequences that are unimaginable.
There is still hope, yes, and we should and must believe in our power and ability to turn this all around. But that hope can only be born of action. As youth climate activist Greta Thunberg says in her TED talk, “Once we start to act, hope is everywhere.”
If you’re not familiar with TED talks, here’s a quick rundown. TED is a non-profit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). We highly recommend browsing TED talks in all different areas! They are inspiring, educational, eye-opening and sometimes even funny.
Here are 5 inspiring TED talks about the environment:
This may be the most important TED talk to watch on this list. Greta reminds us that what we do now will decide the future of our children. Greta Thunberg is a leading youth climate activist and she was only 16 when she gave this talk 3 years ago. The most haunting moment is when she projects into the future to 2078, celebrating her 75th birthday with her children and grandchildren. “Maybe they will ask me about you,” she says, “the people who were around back in 2018. Maybe they will ask why you didn’t do anything while there was still time to act.”
Many people don’t realize the devastating effect of commercial fishing on the environment, but it has a profound impact. There is a new documentary about this on Netflix called Seaspiracy which we also recommend. While this TED talk is from over a decade ago in 2009, it remains a relevant and stirring plea to do everything we can to restore what Sylvia Earle poetically calls the “blue heart of the planet”.
We’ve all heard that the bees are dying at alarming rates and this is depressing news. Bees are critical pollinators and are essential to our survival. Without bees, we don’t have vegetables or fruits, not to mention flowers. We love this TED talk by Noah because it offers such great hope as to how us regular, everday people can turn this around and save the bees – and ourselves.
Most of us have never heard of Prochlorococcus, nor would we think that we’d ever want to. Yet this TED talk devoted to Prochlorococcus is so inspiring and thought provoking. Turns out these tiny microscopic creatures are actually quite fascinating and they hold invaluable clues in their ancient genetic code as to how we can reduce our dependence on fossil fuels.
Who ever knew that revolutionizing the sanitation industry could help save the Earth? This is an eye-opening (and humorous) TED talk that dives into the world of poop and pee. Yes, you read that right. Our own poop and pee can help save the climate.
We hope these TED talks inspire you to take action – with your vote, with your voice, with your wallet. We hold much more power than we realize! The time is NOW to save our planet and our chilren’s future.
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