Archive for the ‘TED Talks’ Category

This video shows a TED Talk with Chris Jordan. Chris is an amazing photographer who uses photographs of everyday objects to convey the amount of stuff we make and consume every day. In this video Chris shows photographs of plastic air plane cups, cigarette cartons, prescription medicine, and Barbie dolls. His artwork is eerily beautiful and it will make you question your daily living habits and the unsustainable American lifestyle. Check out his website,, for more art.

So, how do we change? How do we change the American lifestyle? How do we change individually?


This TED Talk features New York Times food writer Mark Bittman. Mark Bittman is a bestselling cookbook author, journalist and television personality, and in this talk he weighs in on what’s wrong with the way we eat now (too much meat, too few plants; too much fast food, too little home cooking), and why it’s putting the entire planet at risk.

The bottom line: we need to eat less meat, less junk food, and more plants. We don’t need meat to survive, and we certainly don’t need junk food. We need to reform our agricultural practices and eating habits so that we can return to a more natural and healthy way of living.

This video is Al Gore’s follow up to An Inconvenient Truth. Now that we’ve established that global warming is a serious threat, Al Gore offers an idea on how to fix the crisis.

“As important as it is to change the light bulbs…it’s more important to change the laws.”

“If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”

Jaime Lerner, the former mayor of Curitiba, Brazil and renown architect and urban planner, talks about cities as the solutions to sustainability. Jaime talks about the designs of cities, Bus Rapid Transportations (BRT) systems, education, and creative cities.

My favorite quote from the talk:
“The car is like your mother-in-law. You have to have good relationship with her, but she cannot command your life….If the only woman in your life is your mother-in-law, you have a problem.”