Saturday, July 24, 2010

Best TED talks on global problems

I like to use TED talks to introduce students to global issues that they may not be aware of.

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?

1 comment:

  1. I forgot how much I love TED talks until I stumbled upon your blog! One I always enjoyed was another video by Hans Rowling. In it he discusses statistics about the third world--including global health. In the video he asks a lot of questions that challenge our prejudices and misconceptions, and I think it would be a great video to show students to open up dialogue about these issues.