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12 TED Talks To Inspire You Into Action

It can be hard to stand up for what you believe in, even as an adult. But I find that others inspire me into action. So in those moments where I’m not sure if I can raise my voice or share my views, I look to those who motivate and inspire me and push me into doing what I know is right.

Beyond the Science: Environmental Problems…Cultural Solutions Paul K. Doss Paul does an amazing job explaining that if we are going to tackle climate change it will involve us not just picking up trash but also changing our behaviors. This video also covers, briefly, some policies and acts that have helped our environment.

This app makes it fun to pick up litter Jeff Kirschner Jeff outlines how knowing what items are polluting our environment can actually help make positive steps forward. He discusses his app Litterati but also discusses how we can begin to solve the litter epidemic.

A convenient truth: Helping solve litter pollution Ryan Lovett Though the audio of this Ted Talk is a bit lacking, it’s a great talk about solving litter pollution with his idea of launching CLEAN. He discusses his entrepreneurship and the process of seeing his vision through.

Growing Issue of Plastic Pollution in Oceans Eleanor Elkus Plastics in our oceans is a big problem. Eleanor discusses her fight against this problem and she’ll inspire you to fight back too.

Plastic pollution, our toilets and us Natalie Fee Warning: This talk does contain some footage of birds suffering from ingested plastics and a view inside their stomachs. Additionally, there are some sensitive topics and words used that may not be appropriate for younger viewers. This is more appropriate for teenagers. Natalie shares what inspired her to get involved in the fight against the plastic crisis, with an emphasis on what we are flushing down the toilet. She also discusses her organization, City to Sea, and their campaign against the plastic in Q-Tips.

5 questions about climate change This series of five short videos covers the big questions about climate change in an easy-to-understand way for kids. Narrated by Kristen Bell with Giant Ant 1. Why is the world warming up? 2. What is net-zero? 3. Where does all the carbon we release go? 4. Why is 1.5 degrees such a big deal? 5. Why act now?

How do wind turbines work? Rebecca J. Barthelmie and Sara C. Pryor The title says it all! A simple video explaining how wind turbines work, their limitations, and potential.

The disarming case to act right now on climate change Greta Thunberg This teen leader talks about how, as a child, she tried to understand and process what was happening to our climate. She then discusses the scientific facts behind climate change and gives moving examples of how it will affect her and other children’s future.

Why you should be a climate activist Luisa Neubauer Luisa tells you where her climate activism started and how political inaction spurred her to push back. She became part of the Fridays For Future initiative and began to strike. She’ll give you steps to start getting involved and making a difference by becoming a climate activist.


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