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Top 5 TED Talks of 2015

If you’re interested in speeches that are both engaging and informative, we’ve listed a couple of TED talks that may pique your interest. 

From food wastage to adaptive learning, these speeches contain valuable insights about several pertinent issues.



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  1. Allan Savory: How to green the world’s deserts and reverse climate change

Allan Savory highlights some unexpected, yet effective, strategies to combat desertification.

Savory speaks about ‘Desertification’, the process of turning a fertile land into a desert. According to Savory, overgrazing and increasing climate change threatens two-thirds of the world’s grasslands with desertification.

During his talk, Savory highlights conventional concepts about desertification. He supports his claims with his personal experiences, as well as common theories.

Not only are Savory’s theories insightful, but they also provide surprising solutions to reversing the effects of desertification. (His study about the Jornanda Rsearch Station is an example of how desertification may be ameliorated using unexpected, yet effective tactics.)

Savoy suggests that environmental strategies may be implemented to reduce desertification, and that they may be paired with societal initiatives. According to Savory, involving the community with environmental efforts, and implementing monitoring measures on grazing practices, should help reduce the threat of desertification.



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  1. Tristram Stuart: The global food waste scandal

According to Tristam Stuart, his unorthodox origin story begins with a group of pigs. At the age of fifteen, Stuart managed to obtain discarded food from multiple sources, and fed them to the pigs that his family owned. Once he noticed that humans could consume most of the food that he fed his pigs, he analysed the food supply chain, and realised that food wastage is a pervasive issue.

Stuart presents a compelling account about how food is wasted on a global scale. He explains where food originates from, how it is eventually disposed, and which countries are primarily responsible for food wastage.

In addition, by highlighting how 40 to 60 percent of European fish are discarded at sea, and how a decrease in offal consumption has contributed to food wastage, he indicates the severity of this problem.

Although he highlights the severity of food wastage, he also states that nations are taking active measures to combat food waste. He claims that organised mass-feeding events (much like the ones that he organised) may be coupled with governmental policies to combat this issue.



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  1. Mark Bittman: What’s wrong with what we eat

In his hilarious and engaging speech, bestselling food writer Mark Bittman narrates the problems with our eating habits, and how it may threaten the welfare of our planet.

Bittman highlights potent concepts about grazing and agricultural practices, along with our dietary requirements. Drawing from his personal experiences, as well as theoretical concepts, Bittman states how our dietary habits may incur lifestyle diseases, and that our overconsumption of animals may have dire consequences on both our health and on the environment.

Although Bittman’s call for action was compelling, it may be difficult for mankind to alter its inherent eating habits for the sake of a sustainable lifestyle, especially if they cannot see immediate consequences to their actions. Despite this, Bittman conveys his points with wit and charisma, and delivers an engaging account about how we may adjust our dietary habits to prolong our lifespans, as well as our planet’s.



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  1. Thomas Peschak: Dive into an ocean photographer’s world

In his informative and compelling speech, Thomas Peschak speaks about how mankind may achieve a newfound respect for marine life through the lens of a camera.

Having visited hundreds of marine locations, Thomas Peschak has seen the most beautiful elements of oceanic life.

Peschak has photographed exotic species of  manta rays, crustaceans and more, and has explored stunning underwater sites.

He speaks about his experiences, and provides his audience with information about the various species that he has encountered.

Peschak’s descriptive account may inspire a sense of awe within his listeners. Personally, I respect the fact that Peschak dares to venture into deep waters, and that he dares to approach these species. His work has led him on a captivating adventure, one which he skillfully conveys to his audience.



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  1. Cesar Harada: How I teach kids to love science

Cesar Harada, a Senior Member at TED, educates the next generation of environmentalists on citizen science and invention. His class, which comprises of imaginative children, works in an open space, and experiments with a variety of elements and tools.

As Harada recounts his experiences with the children, he speaks about how they have dismantled a variety of devices – such as table lamps and webcams – and how they have engaged in more creative, enlightening experiments.

Harada claims that these tactile experiments teach his students about scientific concepts, and simultaneously introduces them to pertinent global issues.

I find that his methods are both innovative and educational. Harada’s experiments are novel substitutes for standard classroom activities, and will predictably train children to become leaders and innovators.

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Tiffany Lim has assisted local and international partners with their writing, design and marketing initiatives. ​ Tiffany has created original manuscripts and graphics for the Marshall Cavendish-published series, The April Fool's Apprentice. She was an assistant producer and lead writer for Secrets of the Swamp (2016), a Mediacorp-broadcasted telemovie, and has assisted the organising committee of the Southeast Asian Film Financing Forum (2015). Her extended resume may be found on her website -

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