Daily Archives: January 30, 2020

An Economic Hit Man Confesses and Calls to Action | John Perkins | TEDxTraverseCity

TEDx Talks

Jun 24, 2016

John Perkins describes the methods he used to bribe and threaten the heads of state of countries on four continents in order to create a global empire and he reveals how the leaders who did not “play the game” were assassinated or overthrown. He brings us up to date about the way the economic hit man system has spread from developing countries to the US, Europe, and the rest of the world and offers a strategy for turning this around. “Each of us,” he says, “can participate in this exciting revolution. We can transform a system that is consuming itself into extinction into one that is sustainable and regenerative.”

John’s books, including The New Confessions of an Economic Hit Man, have sold over a million copies, spent more than 70 weeks on the New York Times bestseller lists, and are published in more than 30 languages. As Chief Economist at a major consulting firm, his experiences advising the World Bank, UN, IMF, U.S. government, Fortune 500 corporations, and heads of state convinced him to devote his life to facilitating changes in social, political, and economic systems, as well as in general consciousness. He was founder and CEO of a highly successful alternative energy company and is a founder and board member of Dream Change and The Pachamama Alliance, nonprofits dedicated to creating a sustainable, just, peaceful, and thriving world.

John’s courage in writing his books and speaking out against his former bosses exemplifies the courage shown by our Founding Fathers and Mothers when they stood up to the British Empire. Like them, John defied threats and bribes and took action.

What can local communities do to combat climate change | Vasuki K | TEDxThiruvananthapuram

TEDx Talks

May 31, 2019

In this talk, Dr. K Vasuki, takes us through the impact of human negligence and irresponsibility on the environment. Watch her as she sheds light on her initiative C power 5 which stands for “Change can change climate change” and the steps that we can take to mitigate the impending calamity that awaits us. She reinforces the need to work towards a sustainable and green environment by citing some interesting examples close to home. Dr. K Vasuki is a 2008 batch IAS official from Tamil Nadu and is currently serving as the District Collector of Thiruvananthapuram (at the time of writing). Ahead of assuming office as the district collector, Dr. Vasuki served as the Director of Suchitwa Mission.

In her tenure as the Director of Suchitwa Mission, Dr. Vasuki was noted for her efforts in implementing a green protocol and for her emphasis on eliminating plastic waste and quoting it down as “My waste, My responsibility” which is the first ever waste management protocol launched in the state.

Her obstinate determination and ingenuousness towards her work have won the hearts of millions especially during the recent crisis faced by the state of Kerala in India, where she had the mammoth task of co-ordinating rescue operations, channel supplies and update the public about the situation in the district for the flood victims.

Nature-based solutions in the fight against climate change | Thomas Crowther | TEDxLausanne

TEDx Talks

Dec 9, 2019

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Natural ecosystems are the best technology we have to help cool the planet, but doing so effectively requires an intricate knowledge of the organisms that regulate our climate.

By generating a holistic understanding of Earth’s ecosystems, we transform our ability to understand climate change, and identify the best strategies to address it.

With this in mind, Crowther and his team of 25 researchers are looking at ways to digitally explore the biosphere and reveal the true potential of nature-based solutions in the fight against climate change and biodiversity loss.

Advances in data collection and artificial intelligence are revealing more truths about our environment and the seriousness of climate change. At the same time, it’s also helping to find new solutions that harness the power of nature itself.

The Crowther Lab research is helping organizations understand the true value of nature, make more informed decisions, and start implementing nature-based solutions to climate change and biodiversity loss.

Get ready to discover a new approach to Climate Change. Thomas Crowther, professor of Global Ecosystem Ecology at ETH Zurich and founder of the Crowther Lab is different to most environmental scientists.

While most labs in the world focus on one field of research, Crowther firmly believes that to understand the ecological processes that influence climate change, predict its progression with high accuracy, and develop nature-based solutions to address it, we need to take a holistic approach.

Specialising in ecosystem ecology, Crowther is also the chief scientific advisor to the UN’s Trillion Tree Campaign.

Alarm over Desert Locusts increases in Horn of Africa

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

Jan 30, 2020

The current Desert Locust situation continues to deteriorate and represents a grave threat to food security and livelihoods in the Horn of Africa. Ethiopia, Kenya, and Somalia are currently the most affected countries but the risk to South Sudan and Uganda is growing. #locust #invasion #Kenya #Somalia # Ethiopia #agriculture #severe acute food insecurity #hunger # #food crises

Consider the BBC Newshour report from 2 February 2020:


Why planting a garden is a political act | Louis-Albert De Broglie | TEDxLausanne

TEDx Talks

May 4, 2016

Louis Albert explains the process of assessing scientific, economic and social results from the operating of the ‘Fermes d’Avenir’ (literally farms of the future), for the sake of understanding if these models of farms can be replicated and thus serve the multipurpose of changing the global paradigm. If according to permaculture principles, the problem is the solution, then micro agriculture is the solution to agriculture!

Louis Albert de Broglie was an investment banker before dedicating his time and energy in the preservation of biodiversity. 25 years ago, he created the National Tomato Conservatory in the Loire Valley. Several years later, he saved and modernized one of the world oldest natural sciences institution – Deyrolle. He is now developing a model of micro-farming inspired by permaculture.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.


TEDxClaremontColleges – Jesse DuBois – The Urban Farming Revolution

TEDx Talks

Oct 24, 2011
Jesse DuBois is an urban agriculturalist. He moved to Los Angeles to become a screenwriter, but instead got caught up in reshaping the food system. He is the CoFounder and currently serves as the Chief Eclectic Officer for two start-ups: Farmscape, an urban farming maintenance company, and Agrisaurus, a web-based polyculture gardening assistant. Horticulturally, he is a big fan of the nightshade family.


Soil — from dirt to lifeline: Fred Kirschenmann at TEDxManhattan

TEDx Talks

Feb 4, 2012

Fred Kirschenmann has been involved in sustainable agriculture and food issues for most of his life. He currently serves as both a Distinguished Fellow at the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State University, and as President of the Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture in Pocantico Hills, New York. He also still provides management over site of his family’s 2,600 acre organic farm in south central North Dakota. He was recently named as one of the first ten James Beard Foundation Leadership Awards which recognizes visionaries in creating more healthful, more sustainable, and safer food systems. He is the author of a book of essays which track the development of his thought over the past 30 years; Cultivating an Ecological Conscience: Essays by a Farmer Philosopher, published by the University of Kentucky Press.