My Favorite TED Talks and Lectures

Ocean picture with text, "Together we can change the world."
Photo by Marie Cullis.

This is a collection of my favorite TED Talks and lectures, all related to the topic I write about. They are not ordered in any specific way. I’m continually updating this page and adding new content when appropriate. I’ve included a very brief description of each speaker. Enjoy!


“Tough Truths About Plastic Pollution,” Dianna Cohen, co-founder of the Plastic Pollution Coalition:

Beth Terry, an authority on plastic-free living, and blogger @

Dr. Sylvia Earle, legendary ocean researcher and marine biologist, on “How to protect the oceans”:

This TEDx Talk took place after the 2010 BP oil spill and disaster, “By Killing the Ocean, We Kill Ourselves”:

“Two adults, two kids, zero waste,” Bea Johnson, author, minimalist, zero-waster, and founder of Zero Waste Home:

“This app makes it fun to pick up litter,” Jeff Kirschner, founder of the Litterati app:

“The Art of Letting Go,” The Minimalists, Joshua Fields Milburn and Ryan Nicodemus:

Jeff Corwin, American biologist and wildlife conservationist, speaking at Elmhurst University:

Joel Sartore, a National Geographic photographer and the founder of the National Geographic Photo Ark, spoke at TEDxMidwest in 2013 about the peril of our endangered species:

Rob Stewart, shark advocate, environmentalist, diver, and filmmaker, gave a TED Talk in 2013 after Sharkwater and during making REvolution. Unfortunately, he passed away during the filming of his third film, Sharkwater Extinction.

Tanya Streeter, World Record Free Diver, spoke about freediving, motherhood, and how she wanted to give back to the sea. She is now an environmentalist and was featured in the film, A Plastic Ocean.

Captain Charles Moore of the Algalita Marine Research Foundation first discovered the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, has given a couple of profound TED Talks:

Van Jones speaks about plastic pollution and how it affects poor people:

James Hansen, top climate scientist and activist:

Natalie Fee is the founder of City to Sea, a non-profit organization running campaigns to stop plastic pollution at the source:

“How I Harnessed the Wind,” William Kamkwamba, who at age 14 built a windmill to power his family’s home in Malawi: