As COVID-19 quarantining continues, it’s no surprise many of us are frustrated being stuck indoors. Public meeting places are shut, cinemas and theatres are closed, and sport events are postponed. Despite this, there’s still so much amazing, educational content to enjoy online.
If you have a soft spot for nature, here are some inspiring TED talks that you can watch during tea or lunch breaks for a mental pick-me-up. Each presentation reminds us that there’s much more to the natural world than meets the eye. At the same time, they encourage us to become better stewards of earth’s resources.
1. Janine Benyus: Biomimicry in action
The theme of this presentation holds a special place in our hearts, particularly as Click & Grow’s products and technology are inspired by biomimicry. Janine Benyus encourages designers to look to the natural world as their first source of inspiration. We can achieve so much simply by following principles found in nature.
2. Louie Schwartzberg: Hidden miracles of the natural world
In this presentation we’re treated to some breathtaking time-lapse videos and microscopic images of the natural world. Witness the movement of living organisms which are normally too slow or too fast for us to notice. We’re reminded that, despite the chaos that often seems to engulf our planet, there’s still so much natural beauty to be enjoyed and explored.
3. Bernie Krause: The voice of the natural world
Bernie Krause has been recording wild soundscapes for decades. Here he shares some fascinating insights into the sound signatures of earth’s creatures. Learn how soundscapes are made and how they shape our understanding of the natural world.
4. Emma Marris: Nature is everywhere - we just need to learn to see it
How do you define nature? In this fascinating presentation, Emma Marris challenges us to consider a new definition for nature - one which includes untamed plants growing in urban areas. Find out how future generations could benefit from an altered definition of nature.
5. Suzanne Simard: How trees talk to each other
Who would have thought that trees have social lives? Over 30 years of forest research have led ecologist Suzanne Simard to discover that trees really do talk. This presentation will give you a fresh perspective on forests and just how valuable they are.
6. Thomas Peschak: Dive into an ocean photographer’s world
Conservation photographer, Thomas Peschak, reveals some incredible photos of seascapes and ocean life. This presentation encourages us to think more deeply about a respectful coexistence with the ocean.