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TED and Future Stewards Host Global Countdown Event Mobilizing Millions To Halve Greenhouse Gas Emissions by 2030 in the Race to a Zero-Carbon World
NEW YORK, Sept. 14, 2020 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --

- Prince William, Yemi Alade, Monica Araya, Xiye Bastida, Jesper Brodin, Don 
Cheadle, Dave Clark, Christiana Figueres, Al Gore, António Guterres, Chris 
Hemsworth, Kara Hurst, Lisa Jackson, Rose Mutiso, Johan Rockström, Prince 
Royce, Mark Ruffalo, Sigrid, Jaden Smith, Nigel Topping, and Ursula von der 
Leyen join scientists, activists, artists, schools and leaders from business 
and government to accelerate and amplify solutions

Countdown, ( 
) a global initiative to champion and accelerate solutions to the climate 
crisis, will launch on October 10, 2020 with a free five-hour live virtual 
event featuring leading thinkers and doers. This is the moment to act, and they 
will outline what a healthy, abundant, zero-emission future can look like -- 
turning ideas into action. The event will combine TED's signature blend of 
actionable and research-backed ideas, cutting-edge science, and moments of 
wonder and inspiration. Countdown is one part of a broader series of actions 
and events this fall including the Bloomberg Green Festival, Climate Week NYC 
and others, all with the collective objective of informing and activating 
millions in the lead-up to a successful UN Climate Change Conference in 
November 2021. 

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The Countdown launch will be streamed live on TED's YouTube channel ( 
). This global event will be the first ever TED conference that is free and 
open to the public. Segments from the event, including the biggest talks and 
performances, will be made available immediately across all digital platforms. 
The program includes 50+ pieces of content -- talks, performances, animations 
and more.  Speakers will touch on topics such as: 

    -- Climate science and the climate crisis: Where are we today? 
    -- Why climate justice matters 
    -- Putting climate back on the political and social agenda 
    -- What businesses can do -- and are doing -- to transform and transition 
    -- Rethinking our cities 
    -- Stepping up at work and at home 
    -- The path to a safer, cleaner, fairer future for people and the planet

A full agenda and speaker list can be found here ( 

In addition to the live global event, over 500 TEDx Countdown virtual events in 
nine languages are planned around the world, encouraging communities and 
citizens to take action locally while also feeding local solutions and ideas 
into the global conversation. Countdown has also convened a global Youth 
Council of recognized activists who will help shape the Countdown agenda 
throughout the year. Additionally, Countdown is working to engage people 
through art with ten public art installations in global cities around the 
10.10.20 event and open calls for art -- illustration and photography -- to run 
throughout the year on the Countdown website. 

"The moment to act on climate change has been upon us for too long, and now is 
the time to unite all levels of society -- business leaders, courageous 
political actors, scientists and individuals -- to get to net-zero emissions 
before 2050," said Chris Anderson, Countdown founding partner and Head of TED. 
"Climate is a top priority for TED and members of our community, and we are 
proud to fully dedicate our organization in the fight for our collective 

"Countdown brings together a powerful collaboration of partners from all 
sectors to act on climate change," said Lindsay Levin, Countdown founding 
partner and CEO of Leaders' Quest. "We need to work together with courage and 
compassion to deliver a healthy, fair, resilient future for everyone. 

With so many people who have already committed to addressing climate change, 
Countdown is about radical collaboration -- convening all stakeholders to build 
on the critical work already underway and bringing existing, powerful solutions 
to an even broader audience. Powered by TED ( 
) and Future Stewards ( 
), Countdown aims to answer five fundamental, interconnected questions that 
inform a blueprint for a better future:

    -- ENERGY: How rapidly can we switch to 100% clean power? 
    -- TRANSPORT: How can we upgrade the way we move people and things? 
    -- MATERIALS: How can we re-imagine and re-make the stuff around us? 
    -- FOOD: How can we spark a worldwide shift to healthier food systems? 
    -- NATURE: How do we better protect and re-green the earth?

Countdown is asking companies and organizations to join the Race to Zero ( 
) through Business Ambition for 1.5 degrees C ( 
), which is a commitment to set science-based targets aligned with limiting 
global warming to 1.5degrees C, and through The Climate Pledge ( 
), which calls on signatories to be net zero carbon by 2040 -- a decade ahead 
of the Paris Agreement goal of 2050. 

"We can inspire others through action and example, because there is no hope 
without action," said 17-year-old climate justice activist Xiye Bastida, a lead 
organizer of the Fridays for Future youth climate strike movement. "We are 
fighting to ensure this planet survives and flourishes for future generations, 
which requires intergenerational cooperation. Countdown is about coming 
together across ages and sectors to protect the earth and ensure we leave it 
better than we found it."

"Five years after the unanimous signing of the Paris Agreement, many countries, 
companies and citizens are doing what they can about the climate crisis. But 
this is not enough," said Christiana Figueres, former UN climate chief 
(2010-2016), now co-founder of Global Optimism. "We have this decisive decade 
to achieve what is necessary -- cutting global emissions in half over the next 
ten years is vital to meeting the goal of net zero by 2050. I am delighted to 
partner with Countdown to increase the global stock of stubborn optimism that 
is needed to push every company and country -- and engage citizens -- in 
actions that decouple carbon from our economy and way of life in this decade."

Following the launch, Countdown will facilitate a number of sector leader 
working groups along with the initiative's network of partner organizations ( 
) through November 2021. These will focus on delivering breakthrough progress 
in reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the lead-up to the UN Climate Change 
Conference in Glasgow ( 
). During next year's Countdown Summit (October 12-15, 2021, Edinburgh, 
Scotland), the initiative will share an actionable blueprint for a net-zero 
future and celebrate the progress that's already been made. 

Citizens are the critical component of this initiative and anyone can 
#JoinTheCountdown by:

    -- Joining us -- sign up ( 
) to become part of the movement 
    -- Bringing Countdown to your community -- by hosting your own
       TEDx event ( 
    -- Tuning in on 10.10.2020 ( 
) -- for the live event 
    -- Committing to taking and inspiring action -- at work ( 
) and in your community ( 
    -- Spreading the word on your own social media and throughout
       your networks

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About TED
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, often in the 
form of short talks delivered by leading thinkers and doers. Many of these 
talks are given at TED conferences, intimate TED Salons and thousands of 
independently organized TEDx events around the world. Videos of these talks are 
made available, free, on ( 
) and other platforms. Audio versions of TED Talks are published to TED Talks 
Daily ( 
), available on all podcast platforms.

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About Future Stewards
Future Stewards ( 
) is a coalition of partners (Leaders' Quest, Global Optimism ( 
), and We Mean Business ( 
)) working together to build a regenerative future – where we meet the needs of 
all, within the means of the planet. Founded after the Paris Agreement, Future 
Stewards equips individuals, businesses and communities with the awareness and 
tools required to tackle systemic problems, scale what works, and build 
cross-sector collaboration.


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