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TEDx Countdown Videos - Climate Change

17th October 2020

Making Sense of Climate Change on Crete - Taking Action.

This online event was part of the TED Countdown global launch to share ideas and showcases solutions, technologies and actions for addressing the global climate change emergency.


Due to the current pandemic restrictions, diverse speakers gave live talks via webinar. Attendees were from diverse locations with many from island states, suffering similar climate change crisies as Crete. Discussions were built in to the agenda for knowledge sharing and collaborative networking. The event closed with a CALL TO ACTION! The content of these talks is very practical and grounded in suggestions for local action. There is no more time for abstract theories.

Michael Spanos

An insightful talk about how climate change is driving banking, insurance, and investments. Incorporating Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) issues into business strategy and finance.

Kostas Bouyouris

Networks for sustainable food destinations - inspiring people and businesses to perform their optimum 'sustainability potential'.

Dr. Dawid Hanak

Let's talk about the climate emergency – can islands lead the green energy transition? We have a negative impact on our planet. It is undeniable. We need to act now to prevent drastic climate change.

Evelyn Bakinta

Nature and Humans in Crete: how to make this relationship work. A personal account of how Climate Change is affecting Crete and how everybody can take action.

Gonca Kara Demir, Rafael Pascual-Leone, Camille Bon

Sharing experiences of Malta's urban mobility scene and setting up of EIT Urban Mobility Hub Malta, the need for systems innovation and human-centric design as well as engagement of the community.

Vee Bougani

Co-Founder of the Sustainable Food Movement Greece, focusses on the concerns and actions of how Greece will respond to the climate crisis from the perspective of food production, supply management and policy infrastructure.

Professor Phoebe Koundouri

A talk about the Sustainability Transition in Greece in the context of sustainable recovery post the 2020 covid19 virus pandemic. Making sense of climate change on Crete: Taking Action

Professor Theocharis Tsoutsos

Sustainable mobility on EU islands. An enlightening overview of engaging a wide range of stakeholders across the city of Rethymno, Crete, to improve the sustainability impacts of mobility

Sofia Yialama

Climate change impact on food security. Climate change is the current mainstream risk for our people, businesses and prosperity

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Crete is the sustainable destination of the past and of the future.

Home of the Minoans, one of the earliest civilisations on earth, nestled between Europe, Africa and the Middle East, Crete is rich with mythology, gastronomy, music, art and agriculture. You can have your own authentic experience of a sustainable lifestyle and feel first-hand the strong connection between nature and community.