TED Talks are not only informative and thought-provoking. They can also be a great source of ideas on a wide array of things. And when it comes to sustainable living, here are some of the best TED Talks that will make you rethink your lifestyle.
1. Caitlin Doughty: A burial practice that nourishes the planet
Funeral director and progressive mortician Caitlin Doughty talks about redesigning the funeral industry and finding new ways to deal with mortality. Here she takes a look into some of the eco-friendly ways to deal with the body after we die.
2. Dianna Cohen: Tough truths about plastic pollution
Dianna Cohen is an artist and an activity. And here, she talks about plastic pollution and how it is harming our oceans. Hearing some of the tough truths shared in this talk will make you think about breaking free of the seemingly endless cycle of plastic use.
3. Leyla Acaroglu: Paper beats plastic? How to rethink environmental folklore
With more people embracing the green lifestyle, there is a genuine desire to do what is right for the environment. While sustainable living is something everyone can do, there are some “best” practices that may be doing more harm than good. In this enlightening talk, sustainability strategist shares some insights on the eco-friendly myths and some ideas on how to make use of design to create products and systems that focus on minimizing impact on the environment.
4. Mark Bittman: What’s wrong with what we eat
Food writer Mark Bittman delivers a fun and passionate talk that explores what’s wrong with our diet. He takes a look into how eating a mostly meat-based diet is taking its toll not just to our health but also on the planet.
5. Pam Warhurst: How we can eat our landscapes
Incredible Edible cofounder Pam Warhurst shares how turning unused lands into community edible gardens is something everyone can do. She talks about her personal experience working alongside a growing number of volunteers who grow communal vegetable gardens in abandoned or unused lands.