Wednesday 3:30-4:30 p.m., the Arizona Senior Academy Great Room

As a replacement for the cancelled Great Decisions discussion on the State Department and Foreign Policy originally scheduled for this date, we will show a series of brief TED talks on the big screen.

“Stunning Photos of the Endangered Everglades” by Mac Stone (19 minutes)
For centuries, people have viewed swamps and wetlands as obstacles to avoid. But for photographer Mac Stone, who documents the stories of wildlife in Florida’s Everglades, the swamp is a national treasure. Through his stunning photographs, Stone shines a new light on a neglected, ancient and important wilderness. His message: get out and experience it for yourself. “Just do it — put your feet in the water,” he says.

“Why I have coffee with people who send me hate mail” by Özlem Cekic (15 minutes)
Özlem Cekic’s email inbox has been full of hate mail since 2007, when she won a seat in the Danish Parliament — becoming the first female Muslim to do so. At first she just deleted the emails, dismissing them as the work of fanatics, until one day a friend made an unexpected suggestion: to reach out to the hate mail writers and invite them to meet for coffee.

“How a fleet of wind powered drones is changing our understanding of the ocean” by Sebastoem de Halleux (13 minutes)
Explorer Sebastien de Halleux shares how a new fleet of wind- and solar-powered drones is collecting data at sea in unprecedented detail, revealing insights into things like global weather and the health of fish stocks. Learn more about what a better grasp of the ocean could mean for us back on land.

“The disarming case to act right now on climate change” by Greta Thunberg — (12 minutes)
In this passionate call to action, 16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg explains why, in August 2018, she walked out of school and organized a strike to raise awareness of global warming, protesting outside the Swedish parliament and grabbing the world’s attention.

TED, which stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design, was founded in 1984 to disseminate “ideas worth spreading.”

Written by H. Deon Holt, Academy Village Volunteer

Mar. 6: TED Talks