Friday, October 16th, 2020

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Thanks to all who participated!


TEDxNorthCentral College is proud to host Countdown, a global TED 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.

Join TEDxNorthCentralCollege on October 16th, live via Zoom, for a curated event featuring global talks from TED’s Countdown event, along with North Central faculty and campus leaders sharing their expertise and ideas for action.


Welcome and Introductions: TEDx Team and President Troy Hammond

North Central’s Commitment to Sustainability: Kaitlin Ballard, Sustainability Coordinator

TED Global Talks – Act 1:

  • Welcome to Countdown – Chris Anderson and Lindsay Levin
  • State of the Climate Crisis – Johan Rockstrom
    • Campus Leaders Respond
  • Climate Action Tracker
    • Campus Leaders Respond
  • Rethinking Capitalism – Rebecca Henderson
    • Campus Leaders Respond

Climate Change Solutions Simulator w/Dr. Rebecca Sanders
Poetry Performance – Amanda Gorman

TED Global Talks – Act 2:

  • What is Net Zero?
  • If Black Lives Matter, We Need to Act on Climate Change – David Lammy
    • Campus Leaders Respond
  • Inclusive, Resilient Communities and Economies
  • Becoming a Stubborn Optimist – Christiana Figueres
    • Response and Q/A led by Faculty/Haven Denson? (5 min)

Student Spotlight:

  • Juliet Mathey and Grace Nelles

Call to Action:

  • Why Act Now?
  • Citizen’s Climate Lobby – Tom Rausch
  • Count Us In Campaign

 After-Party Discussions: (5:00pm)

What is TEDx?

TEDx events are independently-organized, licensed TED-like events that foster learning, innovation and wonder, and bring together local communities to spark conversation around ideas worth spreading.

Why TEDxNorthCentralCollege?
As a comprehensive liberal arts college, North Central values a broad-based, interdisciplinary education that provides an ideal environment for the exchange of ideas. When the power of interdisciplinary learning is combined with a passion for the common good, the results are innovative solutions for lasting social impact. This is what you can expect from TEDxNorthCentralCollege.

*This independent TEDx event is operated under license from TED.