TED Talk Salon: Green the Deserts, Reverse Climate Change

Join in our TED Talk Salon for a brain-stimulating presentation and lively discussion. For the curious world citizen, you may enjoy this video-style book club.

This month's topic:  Green the Deserts, Reverse Climate Change

“Desertification is a fancy word for land that is turning to desert,” begins Allan Savory in this quietly powerful talk. And it's happening to about two-thirds of the world’s grasslands, accelerating climate change and causing traditional grazing societies to descend into social chaos. Savory has devoted his life to stopping it. He now believes -- and his work so far shows -- that a surprising factor can protect grasslands and even reclaim degraded land that was once desert.

Allan Savory works to promote holistic management in the grasslands of the world. In 1992, Savory and his wife, Jody Butterfield, formed the Africa Centre for Holistic Management in Zimbabwe, a learning site for people all over Africa. In 2010, the Centre won the Buckminster Fuller Challenge for its work in reversing desertification. In that same year he and his wife, with others, founded the Savory Institute in Boulder, Colorado, to promote large-scale restoration of the world's grasslands.


Schedule

3:00...Socializing
3:30...Watch the TED Talk, discuss in small groups
5:00...Whole group summary/further discussion
5:30...Socializing until the library closes at 6


About

Monthly, we view a recorded TED Talk (of about 20 min.) from those posted at ted.com. Talks are by a person notable in their field, who has interesting things to say. After viewing their piece, we'll break into smaller groups and talk about the ideas raised (with the occasional tangent! ;-)

Talks are selected because they catch the interest of Rebecca, our TED salon moderator, and are likely candidates for good conversation. (Participant recommendations are welcomed-email Rebecca.)

Please join us!

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  • Mary M.

    Great topic, Rebecca. We know that because we had a great discussion. I'll think about this for a long time.

    BTW, the Secretary of Agriculture's name is Tom Vilsack, so make that correction as you write to him. I'm going to do this one thing for my planet today.

    July 6, 2013

    • joan k.

      Thanks for the correction

      July 8, 2013

  • Mary M.

    I also noticed that the author is a historian, not a scientist.

    July 8, 2013

  • Gina

    I especially like the very last line of the Slate.com article criticizing this TED talk:
    -Slate’s coverage of food systems is made possible in part by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.-
    It's always interesting to see who sponsors things.

    July 8, 2013

  • Pat D.

    Great. The video itself was thought provoking, and the discussion afterwards was good.

    July 7, 2013

  • Rita P.

    Interesting, provocative talk. Enjoyed getting to know attendees. Good structure & discussion.

    July 7, 2013

  • Girija

    Generated a lot of discussion

    July 7, 2013

  • joan k.

    Contact info for govt decision makers:
    Sally Jewell sec of interior[masked]
    [masked]
    Dept of the interior
    1849 C street NW
    Washington DC 20240
    Tom Vilaysack sec of agriculture
    US dept of Agriculture
    1400 Independence Ave SW
    Washington DC[masked]

    1 · July 6, 2013

    • Mark T.

      I love your activist enthusiasm Joan!

      July 7, 2013

  • Sonny

    Maybe this talk has some problems. Was just doing some reading, and all isn't so clear and simple. Check this out:

    http://www.slate.com/articles/l...­

    1 · July 6, 2013

    • Mark T.

      Thanks for the link to this article! One of the great things about the TED Talk Salon sponsored by the Humanists of MN is that it is a terrific generator of both inspiration and critical thinking. I was pleased to hear Girija mention this article during the Meetup and would have loved to be able to incorporate it into our time. Pre-viewing and cross researching before attending can add so much. I hope to take this lesson to heart.

      July 7, 2013

  • Sonny

    Fantastic TED Talk selection. Great discussions.

    July 6, 2013

  • Narayan D.

    I would like to attain but I do not have my ride that day. If anyone passing by St. Paul I would appreciate for a car pool. Please call me at[masked] or email <[masked]>

    July 1, 2013

  • Rita P.

    Love the Ted Talks. The chance to be with open-minded learners who care. Sounds special! Rita Phillips

    July 1, 2013

  • Bob S.

    Where is Van White Memorial Blvd?

    June 11, 2013

  • Deborah J. N.

    This sounds interesting.
    I plan on listening to TED Talks b4 this event 2 get my "feet wet".

    June 8, 2013

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