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TEDxWVML COUNTDOWN [VIRTUAL]
Friday, October 16 at 10 a.m.–3:30 p.m.Free
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. To make progress on climate action we need to collaborate on a global scale, and our community has a role to play.
Communities around the world are joining the Countdown initiative. North Vancouver City Library, North Vancouver District Public Library, and West Vancouver Memorial Library have come together to present a two-day virtual event you can watch online at home with your family and friends.
More than 50 speakers, in five curated sessions, streamed live to your computer will combine TED’s signature blend of actionable and research-backed ideas, cutting-edge science, and moments of wonder and inspiration. Starting at 10 a.m. on Friday, October 16, join us for an interactive experience with other like-minded members of your community. Join in the chat, share ideas and stories, win prizes, and commit to the “Count Us In” initiative. Turn fear into action . . . . and join the COUNTDOWN!
Register below to access all six sessions.
Friday, October 16
Session 1: Urgency
10 – 11 a.m.
What’s the state of the climate today? What does climate science know? How are we going to achieve a net-zero future? How do we center climate justice in our work? Hear from experts, policymakers, and activists in this opening session.
Session 2: Leadership
11:30 a.m. – 12:40 p.m.
The climate crisis demands leadership at every level. Governments, cities, and businesses are three key players in designing and implementing the necessary transition. Speakers in this session will discuss putting climate back on the political and social agenda, rethinking cities, and what businesses can do to transform.
Session 3: Transformation
2 – 3:10 p.m.
Transforming big systems is a huge task. Energy, transportation, industry, and infrastructure all pose their own challenges. And yet that transformation is already happening. The experts in this session will show how and where and offer powerful ideas for accelerating it: developing an economy without coal, decarbonizing fossil fuels, electrifying mobility, and more.
Saturday, October 17
Session 4: Breakthroughs
10 – 11:10 a.m.
The world around us is mainly made of two things: nature and the materials that we extract from it. To fight climate change, we need to protect and regenerate nature and transform materials into low or zero-carbon alternative. This session explores the nexus of protection, regeneration and transformation using powerful examples.
Session 5: Action
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
It’s time to take action. This closing session will explore the road ahead. How to think urgently and long-term about climate change. How to take into account the interest of future generations in today’s decision. How we as individuals communities and organization can contribute to shaping a better future. The Countdown is on!
Workshop: Tools for Change
2 – 3 p.m.
This workshop with explore different ways in which you can engage with your neighbours, other citizens, and decision makers to shape policies with respect to climate change challenges. Murray Mollard from North Shore Community Resources will discuss topics that included creating personal strategies, using traditional and social media advocacy tools, and engaging your friends and networks for change. Murray will be available for a Q&A after the workshop.
View the entire roster of speakers here.
Learn more about Countdown here.
What you’ll need: A computer with microphone (or headphones) and webcam for Zoom; or your smartphone/tablet. We will email you the Zoom link two days in advance of the event. We will be using Zoom Meetings, so your mic and video will be turned off when you enter the session.
Register below to be sent reminders, a link to the TEDx Countdown starter kit, and the official Zoom link to participate in the event LIVE on October 16 and 17.
This event will not be recorded.