TED Countdown is a global initiative dedicated to championing and accelerating solutions to the climate crisis. In my role as climate editor, I've had the privilege of collaborating on a multitude of cross-platform projects and global events, led by TED's talented curators, producers, designers, filmmakers, writers, artists, partner organizations, and more.
Transforming business for a sustainable future: Insights from the 2023 TED Countdown Summit
In July 2023, over 750 global innovators, business leaders, scientists, policymakers, artists, activists and more came together in Detroit, Michigan, to explore the solutions, tools and partnerships that will bring us closer to achieving an equitable, zero-carbon world.
The Climate Collection — Artists for Climate
Artists for Climate – a collaboration between TED Countdown and Fine Acts – is a global open call that sought digital illustrations targeting climate change, with a focus on hope and solutions. Together, these works build The Climate Collection – a unique vault of open-license visuals that inspire climate action.
Visualizing Climate Change
Climate Visuals and TED Countdown released a library of 100 open source photographs, making impactful and effective climate imagery freely accessible to organizations around the world. The images were selected from +5,500 unique submissions spanning +150 countries. Select works were displayed at the 2022 Countdown Summit in Edinburgh and COP26 in Glasgow, Scotland.
2023 TED Countdown Summit
July 2023, Detroit, MI
When the Paris Agreement was signed in 2015, the world was on track for a catastrophic 4-5°C of warming. Thanks to spectacular progress made since then, expected warming has been cut in half –but we remain in crisis. So how do we come together and design a better future?
Dilemma Series: How do we get the world off fossil fuels quickly and fairly?
October 2022, London, UK
The science is clear: The world’s reliance on fossil fuels endangers our planet, and we need to take urgent action to safeguard our collective future. But how do we accelerate the clean-energy transition while prioritizing climate justice and energy security for all?
Dilemma Series: Is there a role for carbon credits in accelerating a fair, net-zero world?
June 2022, New York, NY
Can carbon credits effectively direct capital to natural solutions and local communities as well as help businesses support larger climate goals? Are they a part of the solution, or are they doing more harm than good?
Watch TED's latest climate talks
TED Countdown believes in the power of science-backed storytelling to educate and inspire. To date, TED has published 230+ climate-focused Talks, driving awareness and funding towards under-invested solutions.