TEDxJohannesburgSalon: Green Transition

Thu Sep 19, 07:30 - Thu Sep 19, 14:30
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TEDxJohannesburgSalon: Green Transition

"We do not inherit the earth from our parents, we borrow it from our children." – Native American proverb

When the emission of gases that caused global warming reached catastrophic levels, humanity decided, through the Paris Accord and similar efforts that came before it, to take steps away from systems that generated the crisis, towards those that prevented it, so that we may hand back a healthier and more prosperous planet to future generations. We found ways to reduce the risk that our quest for economic growth posed to the environment. And, we conceived new economic frameworks that sought to improve the well-being of all people, and not just some. 


This fundamental change in the DNA of our economics—currently in progress in some aspects of the global economy, and imminent in others—is widely called the Green Transition.


The product of reconciling economic growth with ambitious green policies while remaining faithful to the profit motive, the Green Transition presents an opportunity for both the public and private sectors to offer solutions to key Sustainable Development Goals, as identified by the United Nations. These solutions include the following: universal availability of clean water and sanitation; global access to clean and affordable energy; moves to make cities and human settlements safer, resilient, and more inclusive; urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts; and lastly, propagating responsible consumption and production patterns.


TEDxJohannesburgSalon: Green Transition, takes place with the support of the Embassy of Denmark in South Africa.

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Thursday, September 19 - Thursday, September 19

TEDxJohannesburgSalon: Green Transition, is a half-day conference that brings together experts and stakeholders at the centre of the stated discussion about reconciling economic growth with ambitious green policies. The event is packed with a blizzard of ideas and activities curated to test, stretch, and open the mind. Talks from speakers, and performances by artists—delivered in TED’s famous eighteen-minutes-or-less format—are grouped and arranged in two sessions, each lasting one hour and forty-five minutes, with a conversation break in between. The day ends with a networking lunch, sponsored and hosted by the Embassy of Denmark. 

Thursday 19 September 2019, 07:30 - 14:30

07:30 – 08:30 | Registration 

08:30 – 10:30 | Session 1 – Possible Realities

Prof Mark Swilling – Author of Age of Sustainability, specialist in societal transitions

Dr Kgosientsho "Sputla" Ramokgopa – Politician, Gauteng MEC for Economic Development, Agriculture & Environment

Angus McIntosh – Farmer, practices biodynamic & regenerative agriculture

Signe Frese – CSR Executive Director of Coop, the largest grocery chain in Denmark

Nick Tandi – Specialist at the 2030 Water Resources Group (World Bank)

L8 Antique – Four-piece Shukumisa band

Rune Riisbjerg Thomsen – ESG Anlayst for PKA, 4th largest pension fund in Denmark

Khanyi Chaba – Head of Responsible Business at Old Mutual

10:45 – 11:15 | Conversation Break  

11:15 – 13:00 | Session 2 – Real Possibilities

Prof Bob Scholes – Systems ecologist, among the top 1% environmental scientists

Nicky McLeod – Co-recipient of the WWF 2019 Living Planet Award

Jesper Tornbjerg – Journalist, author of Green Energy for All

Iben Krog Rasmussen – Co-founded Frej – Denmark's 1st  think tank on food

Sipho Kings – Journalist, co-author of South Africa’s Survival Guide to Climate Change

Gabi Motuba – Award winning avant-garde and jazz vocalist

Abraham Cambridge – Serial energy entrepreneur

Justin Friedman – Founder of For Love Of Water (FLOW)

13:00 – 14:30 | Networking Lunch 


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