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Our planet is hurting, and many of us are overwhelmed — confused, worried or terrified by the scope and scale of the situation.

And yet … most solutions to the climate crisis already exist. 

What’s needed is for us to come together and act.

Countdown is a global initiative to champion and accelerate solutions to the climate crisis, turning ideas into action. The goal: To cut greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2030 and to net zero by 2050 at the latest.

As part of the Countdown initiative, Leaders' Quest is collaborating with TED and our Future Stewards partners, Global Optimism and We Mean Business

This is a movement that is open to everyone — and everyone has a vital role to play. 

Building the campaign

Countdown will be anchored by a summit of leaders in science, government, business, philanthropy, activism and more, taking place in early October 2020 in Bergen, Norway. That same week, hundreds of satellite events will be hosted and organized by communities around the world. Many of the practices, ideas and stories shared will be further amplified by TED and YouTube’s global platforms.

What is Countdown's focus?

This initiative seeks to answer five interconnected questions which underpin many of our environmental challenges.

  • Energy – how rapidly can we switch to 100% clean power?
  • Transport – how can we upgrade our cars, trucks, ships and planes?
  • Materials – how can we re-imagine and remake 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?

The team at Countdown is consulting scientists, climate activists, entrepreneurs, urban planners, farmers, CEOs investors and government officials to find the most effective, evidence-based ideas out there.

Countdown needs you! Please join us on this journey. To find out how you can get involved, visit Countdown.ted.com

Join the Countdown and find out more.