Animal scientist Ermias Kebreab speaks at Session 4 of the TED Countdown Summit in 2021.
Animal scientist Ermias Kebreab speaks at Session 4 of the TED Countdown Summit in 2021.

Animal scientist Ermias Kebreab speaks at Session 4 of the TED Countdown Summit in 2021.

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Tzeporah Berman

The bad math of the fossil fuel industry.

We currently have enough fossil fuels to progressively transition off of them, says climate campaigner Tzeporah Berman, but the industry continues to expand oil, gas and coal production and exploration. With searing passion and unflinching nerve, Berman reveals the delusions keeping true progress from being made -- and offers a realistic path forward: the Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty. Learn more about the global initiative for transparency and accountability in phasing out fossil fuels forever, supported by the Dalai Lama, Nobel Prize laureates and many more.

Nemonte Nenquimo

The forest is our teacher. It's time to respect it.

For thousands of years, the Amazon rainforest has provided food, water and spiritual connection for its Indigenous inhabitants and the world. But the endless extraction of its natural resources by oil companies and others is destroying the lives of those who live there, says Waorani leader Nemonte Nenquimo, and threatening the overall stability of Earth's biosphere. In this powerful talk, she reminds us of the destruction that continues to happen to the world's largest tropical rainforest -- and demands respect for Mother Nature. "The forest is our teacher," she says. (Filmed in Ecuador by director Tom Laffay and associate producer Emily Wright, in collaboration with Amazon Frontlines. In Spanish with subtitles.)

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Two farmers in a flooded area harvest Jute crops in West Bengal.

Dipayan Bose
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Amazonian Women at a march for International Women's Day on March 8, 2020

Amazonian Women at a march for International Women's Day on March 8, 2020

Karen Toro
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Monitoring photobioreactors in the micro-algae production facility in Hellisheidi.

Monitoring photobioreactors in the micro-algae production facility in Hellisheidi.

Simone Tramonte
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A young girl walks along a ruined, flooded road in Isle de Jean, Louisiana.

A young girl walks along a ruined, flooded road in Isle de Jean, Louisiana.

Stacy Kranitz
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A woman cleans a solar energy panel in Mauritania.

A woman cleans a solar energy panel in Mauritania.

Raphael Pouget
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Dilemma series

This biannual series brings together credible people who disagree on a critical climate issue in order to unlock stalled progress. Our first Dilemma Session – Is there a role for carbon credits in accelerating a fair, net zero future? – will take place June 2022.

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We’re launching an initiative to accelerate business transformation towards a regenerative economy by developing thought leadership and providing clear examples of how real businesses are making the tough transitions we need.

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