What One Person Can Do About Climate Change | Ella Lagé | TEDxHamburg

What One Person Can Do About Climate Change | Ella Lagé | TEDxHamburg



okay so I have to make a confession every time I rehearse the speech I got to a point where I almost started crying what I want to talk to you about moves me a lot and what moves me is the beauty and the power of people like you and me standing up together to solve a problem that seems impossible to tackle this is me a couple of years ago I was deeply unsettled and overwhelmed by global warming I knew it was there but it seemed very far away and abstract and at the same time I was closely surrounded by its cause our global economic system that is based on digging out and burning fossil fuels coal oil and gas which holds responsible for two-thirds of our global carbon emissions now living a normal life in Germany I was part of the system every day for my consumption through the food I eat the travel like in the picture the waste I produce in fact I felt there was so much involved in it that I didn't even have the right to oppose it I was global warming in the way and no matter what I would do to reduce my personal consumption it would never be enough to solve the problem I felt helpless when I thought of it and so for a long time I preferred not to think of it too much now I'm sure you're aware the goal warming is a increasingly urgent topic it's proceeding much more rapidly than expected just now and although we have no time to lose our political leaders don't seem to take the necessary steps to break free from those fossil fuels although there are some pretty good options on the table like introducing carbon taxes ending subsidies in the fossil fuel industry that are really high especially in Germany or an obligatory carbon footprint label on all the products that we buy so we actually have a choice and we foster competition among companies to reduce their emissions we get none of this and this is even more confusing and unsettling to me and I kept asking myself is there anything I as an individual can do to open the door to change well I found there is two years ago I signed the petition at 350.org it's yes based NGO fighting climate change by building a grassroots movement and this movement really excited me I saw people taking creative public action they were many they were doing it together and they didn't at all seem sad or desperate or aggressive they looked like they had a lot of funds and I fell in love with that movement now I have children and I have a job I'm a service design strategist but at this point I didn't at all think about how I would be able to come up with the time to put some effort into this I just knew I wanted to be part of it I wanted to end my paralysis on the map of 350.org I found fossil-free Berlin which is the local campaign in the town where I live city actually and when I got to meet these beautiful people I learned that their goal was to get the city of Berlin to divest its capital reserves from fossil fuels just like you might right now I was asking myself what is this divestment I had no idea but by now I found out three quite amazing things about it that I want to share with you number one divestment is to pull out our money of the fossil fuel industry it's basically the opposite of an investment because the investments that we have are being withdrawn from companies that dig out or burn fossil fuels those are companies like shed every e BP Exxon Mobil total you get the picture it's basically a boycott simple as that now you may say that sounds like a good idea but I don't even know chairs in these companies I also thought that I didn't and then I had to find out that I did not because I ever took that decision and thought it was a really good idea but because the one of the ones who received my money did public administration my bank my insurances my pension fund no matter who I give my money to some of it goes to the fossil fuel industry in form of loans shares project finance bonds today there's almost no exception now I realize this makes me a stakeholder and as a stakeholder I can interfere I can tell them that I don't want this chances are better if I don't do it on my own but together with other people who are in the same position and this is how the divestment movement works individuals get together and ask their Institute institutions to divest from fossil fuels it's something very simple and obvious that we're asking for it's to divest from those companies that are at the root of the system that we need to change and it's usually not that much it's just between five and ten percent of all investments that need to be moved it's totally realistic goal and we can reach it so now you may say well if it's not that much money who cares and even worse if those institutions divest somebody else is going to buy their shares right it's true the fossil fuel industry is very big and there will always be investors who don't care so we'll the fossil fuel industry even take any notice of what's going on how can investments actually change anything well this brings us to the second thing that I learned about divestment it's not about money but it could cause something else it can cause moral bankruptcy and you can see an example for Mura bankruptcy if you look at the end of the South African apartheid regime in the 80s students in the u.s. succeeded in asking their universities to divest from companies that were doing business with the South African apartheid regime and those companies divested those universities divesting and talking in public about why they had done so led to other institutions following faith organizations unions cities investment funds it spread like a virus and this public dissociation was according to Nelson Mandela a crucial factor in ending apartheid and will declare the last president of the apartheid regime can be quoted when the divestment movement began I knew that apartheid had to end this is a political leader acknowledging that once people are ready to move their money in order to make a moral statement they will have their way think about the power that gives to us and there's yet a third thing I came to understand about divestment it's a precondition for change remember I said earlier that we don't see the necessary political steps well here's why we as a society currently depend on the profits of the fossil fuel industry because we're invested in them everywhere our well-being depends on their dirty business currently as it is if they fall we lose our money on the other hand we know if they remain profitable the planet will be boiled which one is worse you're going to understand that ending this dependency is a precondition for taking the necessary steps to stop global warming for rebuilding our economy and changing it into one that is based on renewables now divestment is not going to solve all the problems immediately but it is the first necessary step towards solving them and the virus is spreading this is what is powerful and wonderful movement has been achieving in the past 18 months all of these institutions have decided to divest it started with a lot of universities in the u.s. Yale being the latest example then there was the Norwegian sovereign wealth fund they decided to decide to divest their 900 billion portfolio last year there were over 60 cities such as Seattle Oslo Copenhagen and Munster being the first German city to take that decision last year we're responsible said it was surprisingly easy and quickly done and then other huge institutions followed the Rockefeller Foundation the Guardian Media Group the British Medical Association a lot of faith organizations and the Church of Scotland and even the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation who will not call it divestment but that's really what they do so the entire sum adds up to 3.4 trillion u.s. dollars that are committed for divestment right now now what about my home town Berlin and the campaign I'm in we're not on the list yet but we had a meeting with a senator for Finance last week and he said that he began looking into divestment just shortly after we launched our campaign and he expects it to be done by the end of this year we are ten people in a four million town now now getting him to talk to us obviously was a lot of work in the past year and I did most of that work at nights and on weekends because of my family and my job filling my days it was very exhausting but I couldn't stop it was also a challenge for the people around me and my husband at times frankly almost went nuts thank god he's here today so over the last winter I decided to take a climate sabbatical I was lucky I could do that I wanted more time during the day for the Berlin campaign and also I wanted to do something else I wanted to address my own pension fund the fuzz organs back there presser and make them divest and I sent a letter to them last fall and shortly after they replied saying that they had decided to divest partly from coal sometimes it can be that simple it's it was just one letter and of course the threat to tell the entire German press without it but okay it but it's just a first step it's really too little I want my pension to be clean and that's why I want them to go all the way and so I built this website and I'm mobilizing journalists and other supporters to send divestment letters to the peasants like the professor through this website I hope you check it out and if you think it's a good idea contribute now there's really no need to go all the way crazy over divestment like I did you can actually get things going with fairly little effort and that's why I want to encourage you to take action look around you the person next to you might be a member to the same pension fund or a customer to the same bag as you you could get together and start by writing a letter if you're not sure how to do it I mean email will get it done now I've lived in Hamburg and I know that it's a wealthy city if you have money make sure it does the right thing and then go and tell everyone that you did and why if we let our financial institutions know that we do not want to benefit from global warming anymore we will set in motion a change process I guarantee the more we are the better and my dream is that one day when they're looking back the fossil fuel industry will be quoted this when the divestment movement began we know that fossil fuels had to end thank you

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36 thoughts on “What One Person Can Do About Climate Change | Ella Lagé | TEDxHamburg

  1. Her premise of "divesting" in companies that produce fuel/energy will reduce use is ridiculous! Demand drives production, not public ownership of shares in companies. 7.5 billion people want cheap, easily usable forms of energy. Wind and solar are NOT the answer due to high cost per KW and high negative impact on the environment. Nuclear can replace most coal fired electrical generation but hydrocarbon fuels are almost impossible to replace for most transportation needs. -"Scalar" energy technology is the answer to all!

  2. Abstract! Civilization cannot exist as it is! Humans at 7+ billion cannot last long soon 10 Billion will be here. Exponents math UGGH! Around 1910 the league of nations debated humans and environment degradation. it was agreed about 1 Billion humans was called carrying capacity of the planet! 1 Billion = resources of planet. right now man is using 5X the available resources of planet. so in short TOO MANY PEOPLE! cant change anything with 10 BILLION the dye is set WE are DOOMED!

  3. All nations need to start eliminating all vehicles and start building only Tower cities connected to maglev Trains. Like we should have done in the first place! T&T would have saved millions of lives! From car crashes, lung cancers, weapons and war deaths, crimes, and so many more. By building cars they made capitalism “look good” but none of those jobs ever should have existed. All people should own all things, and work part time, 20 or 10 hours a week. There should have always been EQUAL WEALTH, but now we can give every person a Guaranteed Residual Income because most money is just numbers in computers. Let’s eliminate money now.

  4. Wow, amazing, the people are going to let these corrupt political officials further enslave us through a carbon tax. Its really happening, as a response to a problem that doesnt even exist.

  5. And so we hear from a woman that lives in a country that is projected to manufacture over 6 million automobiles this year. Will you be divesting from Audi, BMW, and Daimler-Benz and throwing half the country out of work?

  6. Using cruise control during urban driving whenever possible, reducing and increasing speed using the cruise control helps my hybrid to get 40 to 50 MPG. On freeways, setting the cruise to 65 increases MPG because above 65 the wind resistance increases exponentially. A depressing development from the Oval Office crime family was overturning 58 MPG in new cars, already put into law by the reality-focused Obama. Ms. Laga's comments are accurate and worth considering.

  7. one person can do this: every monday morning send an email to your mp or congress representative, saying "i won't vote for you until your party publishes a radical program for climate recovery." tell all your contacts to do the same. if humanity is to survive, we must all stand up and demand action.

  8. this poor poor snowflake. She flatters herself thinking man's cumulative micro energy interactions have any effect of earth's energy flow.
    Poverty and starvation will be the controlling factors that curb future fossil fuel use. The inevitability of Nature's Law of Supply and Demand will always prevail.
    Populations of species overrunning their resources has terminal consequences.
    Common sense to STOP overpopulating Earth's finite living space will have no effect on that underlying root cause of humanities grim future.
    People will no more stop using fossil fuels than they will cease at overpopulation.
    For the foreseeable future fossil fuels are the most economic source of energy.
    Energy "efficient" electric cars are sold as energy efficient until you calculated what coal fired electrical plants ad to the costs.
    CA is mandating new and old construction of homes to have "must have" or else, solar powered sources of electricity.
    Of course their true efficiency goes with subsidies to the big utility companies or the "loans" available so you can go in debt now to pay more for less energy.

  9. One person can do nothing, nor can a whole population. She is delusional. The earth is cooling and the sun has everything to do with it. She said it…I’m confused.

  10. What you can do to fight climate change and conservation of ecosystem of planet:

    1. Refuse, reduce, repair, refurbish or recycle
    2. Reduce & conserve energy by Investing in LED bulbs in my house, office, kindergarten, schools, municipalities, Buy energy efficient goods and machinery. Adopt Goods Manufacturing Practices.
    2. Save water indoors and outdoors Adopt low flow faucets in toilets. Use Water harvesting and recycling methods. Use good farming and management and irrigation practices
    3. Stop using flights and agitate for teleconferences or "hololens" type interactions,
    4. Think global, Act local, buy local products, goods and services as far as feasible and campaign for other people to do the same. Adopt small, local, decentralized, need based, resources oriented economy
    5. Stop using transport/vehicles that depend on fossil fuel and educate others to do the same. Start using public transport, sharing transport or car pools instead of individual vehicle
    6. Use renewable sources of energy, Generate electrical energy form clean coal technology, bio-fuel, Energy form solar, wind, tidal wave, biodiesel, geothermal, nuclear
    7. Stop using products from "China" – produced in other side of the Earth or Moon, …
    8. Reduce your food and water eco-footprint
    9. Go vegan diet as far as possible
    10. Protect & conserve trees, forest, mangroves, oceans, water bodies, bio diversity, soil, air, energy,
    11 Save paper, Use products with low ecofootprints i.e. products marked with EcoGreen footprint labels
    12. Support biodivrerse natural or organic farming to mono culture industrial farming practices. Discourage factory processed or produces foods, Support family farmers by purchasing form farmers market instead of buying form malls. Prefer freshly prepared or cooked foods to packaged and processed foods in factories or central kitchens

  11. Quit eating meat. And if you eat meat: eat less and buy organic. It also helps to cut down on dairy products. Buy organic food. Cotton is one of the most important crops worldwide. Stop buying "fast" fashion – made of cotton and otherwise. Buy less garments and buy organic and sustainably produced. Avoid flying. Join car sharing to drive to work. Consider living in a smaller house or appartment. We need a lot of energy for heating, and then there is the grey energy of building the houses AND the infrastructure.
    So the individual family home IS very energy consuming.

  12. A simple school Science experiment for 8/10 year olds, shows C02 is heavier than air, denser than air and is not very soluble in water. Due to its weight it sits close to the surface of water, and it's impossible for it to be responsible for heating the planet. Meanwhile I'm still waiting for any sign of Global warming, Climate change, or extreme weather.

  13. Funny people those Germans, especially the Gütmenschen, once Germany was full of sheeple that were bad people because their scientists thought they were the master race, scientists said so. But now they wanna be all good sheeple and since scientists now say they're all gonna die they go ahead and again believe the lie. Lived in Germany and the political correct nonsense there is just unbearable, don't ever go and live there unless it's for work and you rent a place, don't ever migrate there and buy a house, Germans have lost their minds as a nation.

  14. "When the divestment movement began, I knew that Apartheid had to end." -South African President de Klerk. Too bad he didn't think that Apartheid had to end for ethical reasons! Good job Ella. I'll try to get the Royal Bank of Canada to stop funding the Dakota Access Pipeline…we'll see… : – )

  15. Well said Ella. The only thing I ask is that you take a close, objective look at carbon free nuclear power as part of the solution. You mentioned renewables but nuclear power, particularly the new generation IV designs, can not only provide electrical power but also artificial fuels, desalinization, processing heat, and fertilizers for crop production. It is available 24/7 and minimizes our impact on the natural environment.

  16. Guess what Al Gore is doing personally to help with climate change in his big mansions where his energy use is something like 15-20 times what an average family uses? So I'm doing what he's doing and the rest of you can bite me if you don't like it.

  17. Poor Ella, she let propaganda effect her judgement and she wound up feeling guilty about something that isn't going to happen. In a few years when she realizes that her worries were imaginary she will probably pull into a cocoon and become introverted. I chose to comment on Ella's talk because it is one of the most recent TEDx talks that covers global warming but TEDx sure has had a lot of talks on the subject but most precede Ella's. Who is responsible for the propaganda of global warming? The UN, globalists like the Club of Rome and people like Al Gore who has managed to increase his net worth 10,000% exploiting this theme. The truth is that the sun is the driving force controlling global temperature and it has just started a solar minimum which the planet has not seen for the past 200 years. The planet is going to get cooler and that is more serious than any predicted heating. The planet has about 8 billion people and it relies on the food that this warm climate has produced. What is going to happen when the temperature drops? I don't don't know who funds TEDx but I suspect it is globalists.

  18. If I choose to act on fighting fossil fuels, I would (acting on consumption cause):
    1. Invest in LED bulbs in my house, office, kindergarden, schools, municipalities,
    2. Use less hot water and show others how to do this
    3. Stop using flights and agitate for teleconferences or "hololens" type interactions,
    4. Stop buying non-local products and campaign for other people to do the same
    5. Stop using transport/vehicles, that depend on fossil fuel and educate others to do the same
    6. Buy electricity from renewable sources and hint my friends to do so
    7. Stop using products from "China" – produced in other side of the Earth or Moon,

    There are so many things to do right now to contribute to co2 reduction as compared to simply declare your support and let the others do your bidding…

  19. Here are some instructions on how to think.

    If it's hot one day – It's Man made global warming.
    If it's cold one day – It's climate change.
    If it's juuuust right for you one day – You got to be aware, because it might be man made global standard.
    If you can't predict the weather even 2 weeks ahead – It's just "how the weather works"
    If you can't make any of 12 000 climate predictions for 15 years ahead to work -It's a "pause" in the man made global warming.
    If it's the most snowfall in 50 years – It's because of something that has to do with… you guessed it – Man made global warming.
    If you don't feel guilty about breathing out co2 or to fart – you're a bad person.
    If it's dark at night – it's because man made distribution of people on the planet is skewed so the rotation is out of order.
    If it's a tsunami somewhere on the planet – It's because of co2 density buildup in the acid oceans that's pushing water ashore.
    If someone doubt your information – Attack
    If you're an mathematician and realizes it would take an 80% income tax level worldwide, and a complete consumption stop, to even scratch the surface of goals set for 2040 – You're a person that should be stoned to death as a heretic.

    This cult is no different from the y2k freaks who believed the world would explode. Or the 2012 Mayan doomsday preppers.
    Get over yourself.

  20. I cooperate. In 1 yr energy conservation and minimizing co2 emission, it is a big help even though im the only one or we are the only one doing it.

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