Wednesday's TED Talks speakers are (clockwise from upper left) Monica Araya, Sakena Yacoobi, Jill Heinerth, and Tshering Tobgay.
Wednesday’s TED Talks speakers are (clockwise from upper left) Monica Araya, Sakena Yacoobi, Jill Heinerth, and Tshering Tobgay.

Four recent TED Talks, streamed over the Internet and presented on the “big screen” in the ASA Great Room, are scheduled for Wednesday (Jan. 4), beginning at 3:30 p.m.

TED, which stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design, was founded in 1984 to disseminate “ideas worth spreading.” The talks to be presented Wednesday are:

A small country with big ideas to get rid of fossil fuels” by Monica Araya.  How do we build a society without fossil fuels? Using her native Costa Rica as an example, climate advocate Araya outlines a bold vision for a world committed to clean energy in all sectors.

 “How I Stopped the Taliban from shutting down my school” by Sakena Yacoobi.  When the Taliban closed all the girls’ schools in Afghanistan, Yacoobi set up new schools, in secret, educating thousands of women and men. In this fierce, funny talk, she recalls two harrowing times when she was threatened to stop teaching—and shares her vision for rebuilding her beloved country.

“The mysterious world of underwater caves” by Jill Heinerth.  Cave diver Heinerth explores the underground waterways coursing through our planet. Working with biologists, climatologists and archaeologists, Heinerth unravels the mysteries of the life-forms that inhabit some of the earth’s most remote places and helps researchers unlock the history of climate change.

“This country isn’t just carbon neutral–it’s carbon negative” by Tshering Tobgay. Deep in the Himalayas, on the border between China and India, lies the Kingdom of Bhutan, which has pledged to remain carbon neutral for all time. In this illuminating talk, Bhutan’s Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay shares his country’s mission to put happiness before economic growth and set a world standard for environmental preservation.

Written by H. Deon Holt, Academy Village Volunteer

 

Sample TED Talks’ Variety on ASA’s Big Screen:Jan.2017
Tagged on: