TEDxCanberraCountdown: Flattening the Climate Curve

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"Flatten the curve!" Our community's motto for dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic has shown what can be accomplished when we act with solidarity, determination and kindness. 

Now, let's come together and use the same spirit to #JoinTheCountdown. Let's change climate change! 

Over the month of July, TEDxCanberra has been inviting young Canberrans to pitch their ideas for solutions to the global climate crisis. Their challenge: to come up with compelling, viable ideas which can help create a safer, cleaner, fairer future for Canberra, Australia and the world.

At this event, the young Canberrans with the most passion and energy will present their ideas live on the TEDxCanberra stage. Their pitches will be accompanied by our renowned mix of inspiring talks and performances by the best of Canberra's talent, along with opportunities for audience networking and Q&A with the presenters.

Join us on Hopin and Facebook Live from 5:30-7pm on 14 August 2020 for a magical evening all about 'ideas worth spreading'. Registration is FREE.


Our Speakers and Performers


We have a brilliant group of young movers & shakers sharing their brilliant ideas on climate change on the TEDxCanberra virtual stage:

  • Philip Caisip (Year 12): As I've grown, I have become more acutely aware of the effects of human activity on the planet…So, if you told me that there's a chance I can help fight back just by saying an idea on a big red dot, I would take that chance any day.
  • Gemma Steele (Year 11):  As well as gender and race equality, climate change action is something I am passionate about. Together, we are a part of a global movement to act against climate change.
  • Isabelle Calder (Year 9):  I want to make a difference to the world for current and future generations. I am thrilled to be given this opportunity to do a TEDx talk on my idea for biodegradable solar cells to help flatten the climate change curve. 
  • Max Murphy (Year 12):As we were born in the generation that will grow up and live throughout the climate crisis, it is our duty to ensure we can fix it for future generations. 

Also joining us are Canberra's top thought leaders on climate change:

  • Sophia Hamblin Wang, Chief Operating Officer of Mineral Carbonation International. A youth leader and sustainability advocate, Sophia will speak about the importance of diversity and young people's voices when it comes to tackling the climate crisis.
  • Bec Colvin, social scientist and lecturer at the ANU Crawford School of Public Policy. Bec will discuss how communities can move the climate change discussion beyond politics, drawing on her extensive research into how people interact with each other when it comes to environmental issues.

And the amazing Liv Li, Canberra singer and The Voice contestant, who will stun us with her beautiful new singles. 

About TED Countdown

The TEDxCanberraCountdown program supports TED Countdown, a global initiative to champion and accelerate solutions to the climate crisis, turning ideas into action.

This event is part of our run-up to a special celebration marking the global TED Countdown launch on October 10, 2020. Watch out for more details! 

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Schedule

· Stage
Pre-Show
Rock up early with some dinner and your favourite beverage to enjoy 'Plan B?', a youth play performed at TEDxCanberraSalon 2019
· Networking
Networking (Pre-Show)
While we get the main stage ready, meet your fellow attendees in a round of virtual 'speed dating'
· Stage
Welcome to Country
Paul House, Ngambri Elder, will open tonight's event with a Welcome to Country
· Stage
Introduction
Canberra youth Ashleigh Butler and Christonia Charlandy (TEDxCanberra) will open our event with introductions and housekeeping
· Stage
Talk by Sophia Hamblin Wang
Sophia is the Chief Operating Officer of Mineral Carbonation International, a youth leader and a sustainability advocate
· Stage
Short Film #1
· Stage
Youth Presentations
Our brilliant Canberra youth present their 5-minute pitches for solutions to the global climate crisis
Gemma Steele Isabelle Calder Philip Caisip Max Murphy
· Stage
Short Film #2
· Stage
Performance by Liv Li
Liv Li joins the TEDxCanberra stage with refreshing new music
· Sessions
Q&A with Youth Presenters
Get to know our youth presenters in these mini-Q&A sessions
· Stage
Talk by Bec Colvin
Bec is a social scientist and lecturer at the ANU Crawford School of Public Policy
Bec Colvin
· Stage
Short Film #3
· Stage
Wrap-Up
TEDxCanberra is a labour of love. As the event finishes, Ashleigh and Christonia will share their reflections and a vote of thanks to all involved
· Stage
Poem by Oliver Jeffers (Post-Show/Outro Performance)
Oliver Jeffers' poem from TED 2020, 'Ode to Living on Earth', will take us out and keep us inspired
· Networking
Networking (Post-Show)
The show's over but the fun's just beginning. Mingle with your fellow attendees, swap ideas and get connected

Speakers

Bec Colvin
Bec Colvin

Speaker 2

Max Murphy
Max Murphy

Youth Speaker 3

Philip Caisip
Philip Caisip

Youth Speaker 3

Isabelle Calder
Isabelle Calder

Youth Speaker 2

Gemma Steele
Gemma Steele

Youth Speaker 1

The event is over

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