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On 10.10.2020 we kicked off the year of Countdown! On 10.10.2020 we kicked off the year of Countdown! Re-live the experience of the launch.


On 10.10.2020 we kicked off TEDxUtrecht Countdown. In the upcoming year we accelerate solutions to the climate crisis, turning our former focus from ideas worth spreading to blossoming ideas into action. In other words, TED and TEDxUtrecht just became more than just a podium for Ideas Worth Spreading.

Despite the fact that covid 19 made the launch challenging, we organised an inspiring event on 10.10.2020 with local Sustainable Superheroes and their impactful initiatives. Watch their inspiring stories and get inspired by the way they change climate change!

Coming soon

The footage of the talks are currently being reviewed by TED. As soon as they are approved, we will inform you right away!

Be ready to be inspired by our Sustainable Superheroes.
Like Plastic Soup Surfer Merijn, who fights plastic waste surfing, or Liesbeth who solves the problem of storing green energy with her sustainable battery. Or what about Marcel who uses elephant grass for our new road and Anja, who is well on her way to achieving zero waste cities.

Countdown in 2020 and beyond


Global launch with TEDxUtrecht’s COUNTDOWN-event – 15 – 18 hrs
Join us live from the ‘Muntgebouw’ with our own local speakers line up, combined with TED’s Global Launch.

13-10-2020 – TED Circle @ Bibliotheek Utrecht about citizens taking climate action into their own hands

December 2020
First follow up session on FOOD solutions/initiatives

January 2021
Kick-off 30x(0)30 campaign
Second follow up session on TRANSPORT solutions/initiatives

March 2021
Third follow up session on MATERIALS solutions/initiatives
TED Circle about how to live while creating less waste

May 2021
Fourth follow up session on ENERGY solutions//initiatives

June 2021
Fifth follow up session on NATURE solutions/initiatives
TED Circle about how and why to connect more with nature

The plan

TEDxUtrecht Countdown wants to highlight solutions that contribute to answer five fundamental, interconnected questions that help inform a blueprint for a cleaner future.

After the Global Launch we are bringing together scientists, activists, entrepreneurs, urban planners, farmers, CEOs, investors, artists, government officials, and others to celebrate and learn from the most creative, scaleable, inspiring, effective and/or evidence-based ideas out there.

Our goal is to identify the bold solutions that can be activated when people break out of their silos and rise to the challenge and show business, governments, investors and we, the people, how to embrace these ideas into our own routines and daily lives. We will do this in five follow up sessions between the Global Launch and October 2021, when TED’s global Countdown Summit will be held in Edingburgh, Scotland, just prior to the next meeting of world leaders for the next stage of the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26).

Around that Summit, we’ll top things off with our second Countdown speakers event (when granted our application).

TEDxUtrecht Countdown invites collaboration from every organization, company, and citizens from Utrecht, but also from throughout the country if there’s no Countdown in your own location. We are a movement open to everyone – and everyone has a vital role to play.


How can we spark a worldwide shift to healthier food systems?


How rapidly can we switch to 100% clean power?


How can we upgrade the way we move people and things?


How can we re-imagine and re-make the stuff around us?


How do we better protect and re-green the earth?

Why this change?

Because we need to accelerate also our local actions to increase each and everyone’s participation in preserving our planet as we know (or should we say knew) it. The ongoing health and economic crises are reminding us of an important fact: We’re all part of the same fragile system, dependent on nature and one another.

As we look to the future, we must build forward and emerge more sustainable and resilient than before. If we look around us in the city and region of Utrecht, we see lots of people, businesses, organisations and our local government making loads of efforts on many different topics and surfaces. We want to celebrate these efforts and make them – and the extra efforts we still need to take – the ‘new standard’ or, as we tend to say these days, the ‘new normal’. For this, we need to raise awareness and show everybody which steps to reaching our own personal, commercial, policy goals regarding our sustainable footprint are possible – and help them make it.