Former Pro Snowboarder Delivers TED Talk On Tackling Climate Change

Former Pro Snowboarder Delivers TED Talk On Tackling Climate Change

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Former Pro Snowboarder Delivers TED Talk On Tackling Climate Change

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“We’re the first generation that faces the challenge of the climate-crisis and it looks like we are the last generation that can fix it. But the speed we have to decarbonize, our collective slowness to adapt and the individual price-tag of each decarbonisation-change makes me wonder if we can make it. But we must still try as hard as we can and as long as we can.”

Back in the day Nils Birkeland was a professional snowboarder before he earned a degree in computer science and became a software-engineer. He lives in the mountains of the Glarus region of Switzerland with his family and still like to shred when he’s not working as an IT-engineer in the field of photovoltaics, electric-mobility, hydrodynamics and heat-distribution-grids. Nils recently delivered a TED Talk about the threat of climate change and what we can do combat it. Fascinating speech titled “Lets Talk About Snow” from a dude who is passionate about the subject:

“What can you do to be part of the solution, not the problem? Dedicate yourself to the problem and find that place where you can make a difference. Some people will tell you that you are too small to make a change, that we can keep going and simply enjoy life. Some will tell you that climate-change is not real and make fun of you when you rationally try to explain some basic deterministic physical effects by changing the chemistry of our atmosphere. But the challenge to tackle climate-change is too big to let yourself be distracted by this noise and ignorance. I found I must not invest my energy into convincing others to understand the circumstances that lead to the climate-crisis but rather work on the solution with people that support this mission.”

 

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