Archive for month: December, 2021

These 8 cities are putting their focus on biking and walking — not cars

Even though cities have been centers of culture, ideas and industry since the Neolithic Revolution 12,000 years ago (!), today’s urban-centric global civilization is just a couple of hundred years old. In 1800, six percent of humans were city dwellers; even in 1970, only New [...]

What is COP26? Here’s how global climate negotiations work and what’s at stake

For two weeks this November, world leaders and national negotiators will meet in Glasgow, Scotland, to discuss what to do about climate change. It’s a complex process that can be hard to make sense of from the outside, but it’s how [...]

How one student turned an idea into a global mission to end our planet’s plastic waste crisis

In 2018, then 11-year-old Haaziq Kazi delivered his first TED Talk at TED-Ed Weekend and unveiled his prototype invention: a ship called Ervis that cleans plastic from the surface of the ocean. The homemade prototype he created in his bathtub [...]

6 books to get you started with cli-fi

You’ve heard of sci-fi, but what do you know about cli-fi? As global leaders struggle to make firm commitments to reduce emissions and scientists discover ever more dangerous feedback loops and repercussions from climate change, writers are using the power [...]

Hope and action: A climate reading list

You’ve seen the headlines. Melting ice caps, endangered species, wildfires, heatwaves, floods, droughts, dying coral reefs, vector-borne diseases, ocean acidification, and other catastrophes. Climate change is often framed in terms of its capacities for destruction, but addressing climate change is [...]

The steep price we pay for cheap chocolate

Thousands of years ago, the Maya people of Central America believed that chocolate was the food of the gods. The Maya — who helped pioneer cultivation of the cocoa tree, along with the Toltec and Aztec peoples — even used [...]

10 videos to watch to discuss climate change with students

TED-Ed Innovative Educator, Kim Preshoff, based in Williamsville, NY, has been an environmental teacher for over 30 years. Here, Preshoff shares a list of TED-Ed Lessons and TED Talks to watch and discuss with students. As an environmental educator for [...]