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Sean Davis talk published on TED.com

29 January 2019

Video: TED.com

Can we solve global warming? Lessons from how we protected the ozone layer. The Montreal Protocol proved that the world could come together and take action on climate change. Thirty years after the world's most successful environmental treaty was signed, atmospheric scientist Sean Davis examines the world we avoided when we banned chlorofluorocarbons – and shares lessons we can carry forward to address the climate crisis in our time.

Update: Sean Davis' TEDx Boulder talk was published today on TED.com. This was the sixth talk from TEDx Boulder's history (out of ten events with approximately fifteen speakers each) that TED.com published.



CSD Scientist Sean Davis at TEDx Event on Climate & Change

17 September 2017

Video: TEDx Talks

Lessons from the world avoided. 30 years after signing of The Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer, the "World's most successful environmental treaty," the ozone layer is beginning to heal. Climate scientist Sean Davis reflects on this environmental success story and the world we've avoided by our efforts to save the ozone layer, and offers lessons we can carry forward in addressing the environmental crisis of our time – global warming.

CSD's Sean Davis met the challenge of the constraints of time and speaking for a non-technical audience, and helped our community learn more about the history of the stratospheric ozone story. On 17 September 2017, a TEDx event held at Macky Auditorium on the University of Colorado at Boulder campus brought together Sean and eight other speakers to discuss topics with the theme of Climate & Change. Sean's talk was one of 14 chosen from over 400 submitted proposals and was delivered to a sold out audience of 2200 – an excellent opportunity to deliver an important message.

The TEDx Program was created in the spirit of TED's mission, "ideas worth spreading." It is designed to help communities, organizations and individuals start a conversation and connect through local TED-like conferences. The conference format is used to spread ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less) where Technology, Entertainment, and Design (TED) converge, covering an array of topics from science to business to global issues.

References, Resources & More information:

CSD News: In Part 3 of the TED Radio Hour episode Climate Crisis, NPR interviews CSD's Sean Davis on What Can We Learn From The Global Effort To Save The Ozone Layer?

TEDx Boulder 2017: Climate & Change

Theme for 2017 TEDx Boulder: Climate & Change