We can change climate change.
Countdown is a global initiative to champion and accelerate solutions to the climate crisis, turning ideas into action. The goal: To build a better future by cutting greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2030 in the race to a zero-carbon world – a world that is safer, cleaner and fairer for everyone.
The ongoing health and economic crises are reminding us of an important fact: We’re all part of the same fragile system, dependent on nature and one another.
As we look to the future, we must build back better and emerge more sustainable and resilient than before.
We can change climate change – #JoinTheCountdown to a safer, cleaner, fairer future. Countdown invites collaboration from every organization, company, city and nation and from citizens everywhere. It is a movement open to everyone – and everyone has a vital role to play.
Countdown seeks to answer five fundamental, interconnected questions that help inform a blueprint for a cleaner future.
We are bringing together scientists, activists, entrepreneurs, urban planners, farmers, CEOs, investors, artists, government officials, and others to find the most effective, evidence-based ideas out there. Our goal is to identify the bold solutions that can be activated when people break out of their silos and rise to the challenge.
How rapidly can we switch to 100% clean power?
How can we upgrade the way we move people and things?
How can we re-imagine and re-make the stuff around us?
How can we spark a worldwide shift to healthier food systems?
How do we better protect and re-green the earth?
Countdown in 2020 and beyond
On October 10, 2020, we will host a virtual event to hear from leading thinkers and doers about what a healthy, abundant, zero-emission future can look like; stirring examples of real progress underway; and powerful reasons why this post-crisis moment is the time to act. This global gathering will serve as inspiration and a call to action to the world’s leaders — and to people everywhere — to step up and participate in building a better future. You can host your own event on 10.10.2020 or afterwards. Learn how
Building on the ideas shared on 10.10.2020, we will work with partners to support a series of cross-sector projects — each designed to tackle a climate-related, challenge. The projects will bring together leaders from business, finance, government, local communities, science, the arts and philanthropy. Each project will set specific, bold goals and drive fresh commitments and action in the lead-up to the Countdown Summit and to the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in 2021.
In addition, around the world, independent Countdown Circles will host citizen-led conversations that help drive action. These groups will explore the five fundamental questions in their regular convenings – virtual or in-person – that are supported by the Countdown team and our partners.
We will share a blueprint for a beautiful net-zero future at a central Summit of 1,200 leaders in Edinburgh, Scotland, further amplified by hundreds of TEDx Countdown events around the world. The Summit and the TEDx events will combine talks, case studies and workshops — and celebrate new commitments made, efforts in progress, and the people who are driving them. Learn more
Join the countdown
Here’s what you can do now to get involved:
Countdown is a collaboration powered by TED and Future Stewards. We are working with a growing number of organizations including YouTube, Leaders' Quest, Global Optimism, The We Mean Business Coalition, Mission2020, Climate Champions Team, C40 Cities, Climate Leadership Initiative, The Climate Reality Project, Global Citizen, Exponential Roadmap, Project Drawdown, Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research , Generation Investment Management and Boston Consulting Group.
Our network is growing and open to new partners. Meet all of our partners