Saturday, October 10, 2020    
11:00 am - 6:00 pm

Event Type

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On Saturday, October 10, 2020, The Walden Woods Project will participate in the TEDx Countdown—a global initiative to champion and accelerate solutions to the climate crisis, turning ideas into action. The goal is to build a better future by cutting greenhouse gas emissions in the race to a zero-carbon world—a world that is safer, cleaner and fairer for everyone.

TEDxTheWaldenWoodsProject will start with a live virtual session with Bill McKibben entitled: Using one crisis to solve the next: What does Covid teach us about how to think in emergencies, and how might it set us up to address the overarching climate predicament? 

Bill is an environmentalist, award-winning author, and journalist who has written extensively on the impact of global warming. He is the Schumann Distinguished Scholar at Middlebury College and a Co-founder of the climate campaign group 350.org.

At the conclusion of Bill McKibben’s session, we will stream global presentations from other leading climate activists and experts, including The Honorable Al Gore and HRH Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge. 

Our FREE program will be held via zoom. Registering for the program gives you access to ALL SESSIONS. We hope you’ll join us for the entire event, however, feel free to participate in as many or as few sessions as you’d like.  

The Program:

Hosts: Kathi Anderson, The WWP Executive Director, Evan Schwartz, Author and science journalist, and Sarah Walker, The WWP Education Coordinator

Saturday, October 10, Part 1: 11:00am-12:15pm EST. Part 2: 4:30-6:00pm EST.

Part 1: 

11:00am-12:15pm- “Using one crisis to solve the next: What does Covid teach us about how to think in emergencies, and how might it set us up to address the overarching climate predicament?” with Bill McKibben, environmentalist, author, and journalist (live Q&A with Bill McKibben) 

Part 2: 

4:30pm-“The Race to Zero” with Miao Wangmarine conservationist, and Nigel ToppingUK High Level Climate Action Champion 

4:40pm-“Becoming an activist” with Al Gore, climate advocateGloria KasangBulusclimate activistNana Firmancarbon footprint activistXimena Loria, climate education activistand Tim Guineefirefighter and climate activist 

4:45pm- “Three decades of activism” with Severn Cullis-Suzukenvironmental educator 

4:55pm- Poetry performance by Amanda GormanInaugural Youth Poet Laureate of the United States 

5:00pm- “Prioritizing Africa” with Rose M. Mutiso, energy researcher 

5:30pm- “Technology and policy to accelerate change” with John Doerrengineer and investor, and Hal Harveyclimate policy expert 

5:40pm- “Protecting the natural environment for future generations” with HRH Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge 

5:50pm- “Moving through action” with His Holiness Pope Francis

*Our program is subject to change. If so, all attendees will be notified.

We continue to offer our virtual events free of charge. These are challenging times for all, including nonprofit organizations. If you are able to do so, your tax-deductible financial support would be profoundly appreciated and will help us continue our critical work. Thoreau’s life and literature have never been more relevant and inspiring than during this difficult time. Donate here.