1. One such talk is from Ellen Gustafson on Obesity + Hunger = 1 Global Food Issue
This is a much see to learn more about obesity and hunger in our country and other countries. Understanding why these problems exist are necessary to understand why they are so prevalent today and the root causes.
2. Another is Carl Safina on The Oil Spill's Unseen Culprits, Victims
Understanding why such events are happening, how we are all responsible and why there must be more accountability is key to making any kind of future change.
3. Another is Hans Rosling on Global Population Growth.
It is difficult to get a big global picture of population and why that can change the rest of the biodiversity on the Earth. This TED talks does a great job of visualizing the population growth and providing possible solutions to this problem.
Obviously there are so many other problems that can be shown with TED talks, from climate change to loss of species, etc. These three are a basic underpinning of our consumptive culture and lack of respect for our species and others. Many other problems stem from these.
What is your favorite TED talk that discusses a global issue that students can learn from?