We’ve curated eight climate actions you can take right now, inspired by our 2023 TEDxLondon Countdown speakers.

After our events, we always get asked, ‘what can I do?’ and today we have the answer! Our speakers shared many climate ideas, solutions and actions based on their area of expertise. So we have highlighted one key action you can take, inspired by each speakers’ talk.

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1. Visit a local peatland

Inspired by Angela Gallego-Sala’s talk on the power of peatlands to get us to net-zero, Angela wants us all to visit and fall in love with these amazing landscapes. You could visit a local London bog in Hampstead Heath or Wimbledon Common or further afield Moseley Bog in Birmingham, Fleet Moss in the Yorkshire Dales, or the Flow Country in Caithness and Sutherland, Scotland if you want to see the largest blanket bog in Europe.

2. Take an active role in community climate campaigns

Inspired by Clover Hogan’s talk on the power of community-led activism, Clover reminds us that one of our best weapons against polluters is coming together with others. Take part in local climate actions, join a local climate focused community group, bring your skillset to the table – however best you can support the people and climate in your community. 

Joycelyn stands speaking on the TEDxLondon Countdown stage on a red, circle carpet with the letters TEDxLondon in the background. Joycelyn is a young black woman in a light green dress.
Joycelyn Longdon on the TEDxLondon Countdown stage. (c) TEDxLondon & Rory Lindsay

3. Play a green video game

Inspired by Deborah Mensah-Bonsu’s talk on video games and their potential to inspire 3 billion gamers to take climate action, it’s time to play! Specifically, it’s time to play a green game and be part of the movement encouraging more of this type of content to be created. 

Green Games recommendations: Terra Nil, The Wandering Village, Riders Republic and The World Reborn.

4. Slow down and only buy clothes you love

Inspired by the brilliant conversation between fashion founders, Josephine Phillips and Amy Powney, they explain the first steps to sustainable fashion is to slow it down, start thinking about where your clothes really come from and only buy what you love. Josephine’s company, SOJO helps extend the life of clothes with alterations and repairs. Amy’s fashion brand, Mother of Pearl, is a sustainable clothing line.

Clover stands speaking on the TEDxLondon stage on a red round carpet. Clover is a young white woman with blonde hair and wearing a khaki green jumpsuit.
Clover Hogan on the TEDxLondon Countdown stage. (c) TEDxLondon & Rory Lindsay

5. Learn more about colonial history in conservation and climate

Inspired by Joycelyn Longdon’s talk on if AI can help conserve nature fairly, Joycelyn shows the long-lasting impact of colonialism in conservation, climate and technology today. Understanding this colonial legacy is the first step to making sure these racist and unjust practices are eradicated from current efforts. Joycelyn’s recommended reads include: It’s Not Just You by Tori Tsui, Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer and Tiger Work by Ben Okri. Follow her for more!

6. Share stories of how you’ve taken climate action

Inspired by Kris De Meyer’s talk on the neuroscience and behaviour around climate action, Kris says it’s time to change how we talk about climate action. Forget getting more people to care about climate change, instead tell them how you’ve taken action. As Kris says, “we need to collectively tell stories of doing” to inspire more people to act.

Mauricio stands on the TEDxLondon Countdown stage speaking on a red, circle carpet with TEDxLondon letters in the background. Mauricio is a hispanic man wearing a black suit and t-shirt.
Mauricio Porras on the TEDxLondon Countdown stage. (c) TEDxLondon & Rory Lindsay.

7. Start paying climate activists

Inspired by Mauricio Porras’ talk on why citizens need to fund climate activists, this action is pretty simple. Start paying activists for the work they do and tell others why you’re doing it. Mauricio has made it easy for you via the brilliant HERO app, but there are many ways to financially support activists, such as paying a speaking fee or buying their book.

8. Know your protest rights

Inspired by Miriam Turner’s talk on the new UK protest laws, it’s more important than ever to know your rights and how to protest legally. Charities and civil society including Friends of the Earth are providing great guidance on this. Learn your protest rights and support yourself and others to share your voice. 

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