Music performance


Bai Kamara Jr is a singer/songwriter, producer from Sierra Leone who has been based in Belgium for almost 20 years. He performed at TEDxWWF 2014 in Brussels.

Climate change — the greatest story never told


Most of us recognise that climate change is real, and yet we do nothing to stop it. What is the psychological mechanism that allows us to know something is true but act as if it is not? George Marshall, draws on his recent book, Don’t Even Think About It: Why Our Brains Are Wired To […]

The shale gas revolution — a battlefield report


Yes there is a shale gas revolution in the U.S. but it’s not the one you hear about, says Helen Slottje, winner of the 2014 Goldman Environmental Prize for North America. The real shale gas revolution is about people all over the U.S., pushing back and fighting for the right to decide what happens in […]

How money really does grow on trees


What part of the economy doesn’t depend on nature, asks Tony Juniper, a campaigner, writer, and sustainability adviser. If there is no nature, he argues, there can be no economy, no growth, no business. The solution, Tony Juniper says, is a shift to the bio-economy where our economic system is a subset of nature, and […]

Dam right


By the end of 2008, 11 Memorandums of Understanding were signed for the construction of hydropower dams on the lower sections of the Mekong River. ¬†With such signing, a clock is ticking as each of these dams goes through the procedures of approval. If any one of these dams is constructed, the Mekong River will […]

Sport: an arena for social change


Sport has been used a catalyst to promote social change in the realms of tackling violence, racism and gender inequality, however William Gaillard, Senior Adviser to the President of UEFA, questions whether sporting platforms, namely football, can be used to help encourage people to adopt sustainable practices and therefore further the environmental agenda.

Improving shacks, mobilizing slumdwellers, building sustainable cities


After witnessing the appalling quality of life for people in the slum areas of South Africa, Andreas Keller — co-creator of iShack- questioned how he could help. His solution involved harnessing solar power to help build a brighter future for those living in energy poverty. Andreas shares his touching story of how his idea is […]

Clouds a way to transport water


Fashion designer turned contemporary artist Lucy Orta started to question whether her role reflected the reality of society. After meeting her partner Jorge, she was inspired to create artworks to raise awareness of social and environmental issues. Following a trip to Egypt, she was compelled to create a series called Clouds, to highlight our globally […]

Conserve our environment, preserve our culture


The notion of preserving culture by conserving the environment had never occurred to Majid Al Qassimi until he delved into working as a veterinarian in the UAE. Majid tells a humbling story about how the more he reconnects with the traditions and heritage of his grandmother’s generation, the more he understands the need to conserve […]

Unity through rhythm


Through an interactive performance, drum-circle facilitator Julie-Ann Odell demonstrates that the human race is connected to rhythm in everyday life. Using music, she explores how we can feel united but explains that in order to live in rhythm; we need to live in harmony with nature. Julie-Ann is the founder of Dubai Drums.