18 episodes

Countdown is an exciting new global initiative from TED 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. On this podcast, you'll find the most powerful ideas from TED and partners around the climate crisis, introduced by some special guests that are lending their voices to this movement. 

Every organization, company, city and nation and citizens everywhere are invited to collaborate with Countdown and take action on climate. It is a movement open to everyone – and everyone has a vital role to play. So head over to countdown.ted.com to find out more and get involved.

Countdown TED Talks

    • Nature

Countdown is an exciting new global initiative from TED 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. On this podcast, you'll find the most powerful ideas from TED and partners around the climate crisis, introduced by some special guests that are lending their voices to this movement. 

Every organization, company, city and nation and citizens everywhere are invited to collaborate with Countdown and take action on climate. It is a movement open to everyone – and everyone has a vital role to play. So head over to countdown.ted.com to find out more and get involved.

    The energy Africa needs to develop -- and fight climate change | Rose M. Mutiso

    The energy Africa needs to develop -- and fight climate change | Rose M. Mutiso

    In this perspective-shifting talk, energy researcher Rose M. Mutiso makes the case for prioritizing Africa's needs with what's left of the world's carbon budget, to foster growth and equitably achieve a smaller global carbon footprint.

    • 7 min
    How to decarbonize the grid and electrify everything | John Doerr and Hal Harvey

    How to decarbonize the grid and electrify everything | John Doerr and Hal Harvey

    "The good news is it's now clearly cheaper to save the planet than to ruin it," says engineer and investor John Doerr. "The bad news is: we are fast running out of time." In this conversation with climate policy expert Hal Harvey, the two sustainability leaders discuss why humanity has to act globally, at speed and at scale, to meet the staggering challenge of decarbonizing the global economy (which has only ever increased emissions throughout history) -- and share helpful examples of promising energy solutions from around the world.

    • 20 min
    To save the climate, we have to reimagine capitalism | Rebecca Henderson

    To save the climate, we have to reimagine capitalism | Rebecca Henderson

    "Business is screwed if we don't fix climate change," says economist Rebecca Henderson. In this bold talk, she describes how unchecked capitalism destabilizes the environment and harms human health -- and makes the case for companies to step up and help fix the climate crisis they're causing. Hear what a reimagined capitalism, in which companies pay for the climate damage they cause, could look like.

    • 8 min
    Lessons on leaving the world better than you found it | Sophie Howe

    Lessons on leaving the world better than you found it | Sophie Howe

    Sophie Howe is the world's only future generations commissioner, a new kind of government official tasked with advocating for the interests of generations to come and holding public institutions accountable for delivering long-term change. She describes some of the people-focused policies she's helped implement in Wales, aimed at cutting carbon emissions, increasing sustainability and promoting well-being as a national goal.

    • 5 min
    Apple's promise to be carbon neutral by 2030 | Lisa Jackson and Liz Ogbu

    Apple's promise to be carbon neutral by 2030 | Lisa Jackson and Liz Ogbu

    Under the leadership of Lisa Jackson, Apple's environment and social VP and former head of the EPA, the company is already carbon neutral within their own corporate and retail boundaries. By 2030, Apple hopes to extend carbon neutrality to their supply chain and consumers. In conversation with urbanist and spatial justice activist Liz Ogbu, Jackson shares thoughts on leadership, tech, the environment and building a green economy.

    • 5 min
    Amazon's climate pledge: to be net-zero by 2040 | Dave Clark and Kara Hurst

    Amazon's climate pledge: to be net-zero by 2040 | Dave Clark and Kara Hurst

    In 2019, Amazon signed the Climate Pledge, a commitment to become a net-zero carbon business by 2040. Dave Clark, Amazon's chief of consumer retail, and Kara Hurst, head of the company's sustainability efforts, sit down with entrepreneur and activist Lindsay Levin to discuss how the company is planning to reduce its carbon footprint across all aspects of business -- while inviting other companies to join them in this transformation.

    • 5 min

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