TED “GREEN” Ideas worth spreading


I just returned from a very relaxing vacation. This morning I focused my attention on collecting great academic resources in the form of podcasts for enriching classroom curriculum. My search lead me from Grammar Girl to Rick Steve’s Louvre Tour. The podcast community is sharing a wealth of knowledge and more than an ounce of inspiration. My list is growing but I still need your help. Just see my previous blog entry to find out how you can contribute.

I was very enthused and encouraged by my pod-search until a certain TED talk stopped me dead in my tracks. One of the most powerful ways to get people to react is to give them something to react to, and TED talks give you just that. This morning I hung on every word John Doerr had to say in his recent TED address. I was moved to tears by his overwhelming sense of responsibility for his child’s future and the future of our planet.

There are people who refuse to believe the world is in peril due an environmental crisis. They point on scientists who support their views. I have heard both arguments and for me it comes down to a matter of risk management. Are you willing to bet your child’s future that nothing can be done to change our environmental crisis, or are you willing to take the chance that change may make a difference? What do we have to loose if we are proactive? According to Doerr, economies will flourish if we move our governments, businesses and everyone we know to the green side. The choice is simple, flourish or perish.

Please listen to John Doerr. He just makes sense.

clipped from www.ted.com

About this Talk

“I don’t think we’re going to make it,” John Doerr proclaims, in an emotional talk about climate change and investment. Spurred on by his daughter, who demanded he fix the mess the world is heading for, he and his partners at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers embarked on a greentech world tour — surveying the state of the art, from the ethanol revolution in Brazil to Wal-mart’s (!) eco-concept store in Bentonville, Arkansas. KPCB is investing $200 million in green technologies to save the planet and make a profit to boot. But, Doerr fears, it may not be enough.

About John Doerr

John Doerr, Silicon Valley’s legendary moneyman, is afraid of eco-apocalypse. After building his… Read full bio�

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3 Responses to “TED “GREEN” Ideas worth spreading”

  1. briweb65 Says:

    We’ve got keep moving forward even if the challenges seem overwhelming.
    Bio fuels are not the answer if primary rain forest is getting cut down which has been the case in some instances.
    We are so far behind .We were growing more hemp in the 1920,s in Canada than we are now and now have a completely useless government in regard to environmental issues.
    I agree that there are huge economic opportunities to going green and as soon as everybody realizes it this thing will take off but it has to happen soon and we all have to use money in the meantime to make non environmentally viable ventures fail
    Fast food chains have historically had negative effects in Central and South America due to soy production and cattle ranching.Just by not doing something can have amazingly positive results.

  2. sustainableseafood Says:

    We need to think globally but act locally. The reason that the rain forests are being cut down, and the oceans are being polluted, is because our large scale-mass production practices have created an interconnected mess around the world. For example, our demand in the US for cheap foreign shrimp, has allowed for the destruction of communities, markets, ecological systems and in general the american palette. If we buy local, act local, think local and listen to our surrounding, while simultaneously caring globally, we will start to move in the right direction

  3. ripplingpond Says:

    We have to play more dominoes as children and maybe then we will be able to envision the far reaching impact of a single decision on the rest of humanity and the globe.

    I see it in the microcosmic classroom level as well. We use recycling as a way to justify paper overuse. Hey, we recycle but with out reduction we may even be exacerbating the problem. The butterfly effect, ripples in the pond, harsh words. People feel the impact but the may have no way to trace the consequences back to the chain of events leading to the source.

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