23 September 2021

CountDown

COME THE END OF THE LOCKDOWN, GET READY FOR THE COUNTDOWN!

We anxiously await the large-scale spring conference of the TEDxDanubia Countdown program series full of exciting talks and presentations, at which we look forward to seeing everyone to whom climate awareness really matters. If you are interested in unconventional solutions, methods and means that experts, NGOs, individuals, companies and even schoolchildren are fighting shoulder to shoulder with, here, in Hungary and abroad, for a greener and more sustainable future, you too must join us at the Event on 21 May, 2021!

We would like to thank our partner in the Hungarian implementation of the program series, Blue Planet Climate Protection Foundation and our professional partners, E.ON Hungária Group and MVM for their contribution.

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WHAT HAS HAPPENED SO FAR?

The activation program envisioned by TEDxDanubia and MVM called ‘Action Circles powered by MVM’ has been launched with the aim of providing a platform for those who want to take action. Individuals and groups who have applied can now share their steps and experiences with each other and participate as co-creators in the shaping of the spring conference. We can learn about their exciting projects and the results they have achieved at Müpa on 21st May.

A completely unique climate education initiative for high school students has also been successfully launched under the title ‘Future design program powered by MVM.’ In the framework of the Sci-fi future planning program created with the professional support of MVM, Blue Planet Climate Protection Foundation and the Hungarian Food Bank Association, youngsters and their mentors can work together on problems that threaten to critically impact our future. We can get to know a lot about their challenges and solutions at the May event.

The video competition launched under the name’ XPLN powered by E.ON’ has successfully ended. Participants well-familiar with the ins and outs of the digital world were given the chance to talk about climate issues in their short, striking videos.

WHAT IS ‘COUNTDOWN?’

The global initiative launched by TED explores solutions to the climate crisis worldwide with a multitude of expert platforms. Hungary also joined the initiative through TEDxDanubia Countdown, which in 2020-21 is fully dedicated to the topic of climate awareness and individual responsibility: through a series of programs rich in creative ideas, we promote environmental awareness and encourages action in all segments of society.

  • Köszöntő: Honti Pál és Mányai Csaba, a TEDxDanubia kurátorai
  • TEDx Countdown Intro Video: Chris Anderson és Lindsay Levin
  • Johan Rockström, a potsdami klímakutató igazgatója
  • Antonio Guterres, az ENSZ főtitkára
  • Mi az a nettó zéró? (animáció)
  • BCSDH: Márta Irén, ügyvezető
  • Ursula von der Leyen, az Európai Bizottság elnöke
  • Planet Fanatics Network: Szomolányi Katalin, alapító
  • WWF Magyarország: Sipos Katalin, igazgató
  • WWF új norma nyilatkozat (videó)
  • Andri Magnason, izlandi költő
  • Action Circle: Mányai Roland, a TEDxDanubia kurátora és Czabai Tamás (JÉG)
  • Severn Cullis-Suzuki, környezetvédelmi aktivista
  • Fenntarthatósági témahét: Matolcsy Miklós, főszervező
  • Rebecca Henderson, a Harvard Business School professzora
  • Varun Sivaram, a tiszta energia képviselője, fizikus, író
  • Rose M. Mutiso, energia kutató
  • Kék Bolygó Klímavédelmi Alapítvány: Csepreghy Nándor, igazgató
  • Vilmos brit királyi herceg
  • Future Design Workshop: Frankó-Csuba Dea
  • Olafur Eliasson: Earth Speakr
  • Ferenc pápa
  • Kerekasztal-beszélgetés:
  • Hodász András (katolikus pap); Gyurkó Szilvia (gyermekjogi aktivista); Antal Miklós (humánökológus); és Mányai Csaba, Honti Pál kurátorok
Countdown is a global initiative by TED, to champion and accelerate solutions to the climate crisis, turning ideas into action. The initiative's goal is to identify compelling responses, and to activate the solutions by connecting citizens directly with our business and political leaders.
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Detailed program
23 September 2021
TEDxDanubia Countdown

Join our online event and listen to TED talks by internationally acclaimed speakers regarding climate change. TEDxDanubia's community activization programs and Hungary’s pioneer initiatives of the fight against climate change will also be introduced, followed by panel discussions reflecting on the speakers’ thoughts.

Speakers

Chris Anderson
Head of TED
After a long career in journalism and publishing, Chris Anderson became the curator of the TED Conference in 2002 and has developed it as a platform for identifying and disseminating ideas worth spreading.
Severn Cullis-Suzuki
Environmental educator
Severn Cullis-Suzuki is a lifelong environmental activist seeking justice for future generations.
Antonio Guterres
Secretary-General of the United Nations
Antonio Guterres is at the forefront of fighting the climate emergency and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.
Rebecca Henderson
Capitalism rethinker
Rebecca Henderson is an expert on innovation and organizational change.
Lindsay Levin
Entrepreneur, activist
Lindsay Levin has dedicated her life to reshaping what leadership looks like, exploring our collective humanity through vulnerability and listening.
Ursula von der Leyen
President of the European Commission
Ursula von der Leyen believes that green and digital transformations hold the key to Europe's future prosperity and resilience.
Andri Snaer Magnason
Writer, poet
Known for his unusual approach to everyday issues, Andri Snær Magnason is a storyteller and environmental activist.
Rose M. Mutiso
Energy researcher
Rose M. Mutiso works with a global network of experts finding solutions for energy deficits across Africa and Asia. She is also helping African women become scholars and thought leaders.
Johan Rockström
Climate impact scholar
Johan Rockström works to redefine sustainable development.
Vaurun Sivaram
Clean energy executive, physicist, author
To combat climate change, Varun Sivaram seeks to scale up clean energy technologies and cultivate innovation ecosystems spanning industry, academia and government.
Vilmos brit királyi herceg
The Duke of Cambridge
Protecting the natural environment for future generations is one of Prince William's key priorities.

Participants of the panel discussion

Antal Miklós
Ecological economist
Miklós obtained his PhD and MSc degree at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics as an economist and engineering physicist. He studies sustainability not only in theory and as a researcher, he also incorporates it into his everyday life.
Gyurkó Szilvia
Children’s rights activist, head of Hintalovon Children's Rights Foundation
Together with her colleagues she has been struggling for years to convince parents, decision makers and society as a whole of the importance of children’s rights. Without the observation of children's rights to a healthy environment, other rights may be jeopardized in the long run.
Hodász András
Catholic priest
Also a popular writer, blogger and vlogger. He justifies his choice of mission as follows: “This is my job, this is my hobby, this is my life. I chose it because the most important thing to me is the human being. I care about everything that has to do with people, with us.”

Leaders of the programs to be introduced

Csepreghy Nándor
Director Blue Planet Climate Protection Foundation
Nándor Csepreghy has been Director of the Blue Planet Climate Protection Foundation since 2018. The Foundation, established by President Áder, seeks to raise environmental awareness within and beyond the borders of Hungary. The organisation thus supports the development of various educational programs and seeks to contribute to and promote sustainable business ideas. Mr Csepreghy previously worked as Deputy Minister of the Prime Minister’s Office between 2015 and 2018 and he was in charge of Cohesion Policy Communication between 2013 and 2015.
Frankó-Csuba Dea
serial entrepreneur, innovation coach
Dea is a serial entrepreneur, innovation coach, public speaker about the future, disruption and digital transformation. She is a founding fellow of Spark Institute at IBS, Ambassador for OpenExO, premium sprint coach of ExO Works and member of Singularity University’s executive alumni network.
Matolcsy Miklós
MD of PontVelem Nonprofit Kft., main organizer of Sustainability Week
After 15 years of various leadership roles at multinational corporations, Miklós became the CEO of a large Hungarian company. Then, with a radical twist, he launched PontVelem Nonprofit Kft. They develop and operate complex sustainability programs for students, including Sustainability Week, which has been running for 5 years now.
Márta Irén
Managing Director of BCSDH
Irén Márta is an economist – as the Managing Director of Business Council for Sustainable Development in Hungary (BCSDH), she promotes and encourages sustainable practices, knowledge-sharing and cooperation between actors of the Hungarian business sector. Protecting the climate, promoting circular economy and shaping future leaders’ awareness is at the core of everything she does.
Sipos Katalin
CEO, WWF Hungary
Katalin graduated as a biologist and has been working in nature conservation for more than two decades. She started her career at Danube-Ipoly National Park in 1998 and joined the WWF Hungary team in 2015. Besides organizational development, she works on nature- and climate protection policies, attitude-shaping and partnership building.
Szomolányi Katalin
Founder and managing director of Planet Fanatics’ Network
Guiding the sustainability strategies of Magyar Telekom Group, the corporation became carbon neutral under her leadership in 2015. Together with WWF, she managed a European project entitled “Saving the Climate at the Speed of Light”. She was editor and presenter of Hungary's first radio program on sustainable development entitled “After Tomorrow” and has been the main organizer of Sustainability Days for 13 years.

Our curators

Honti Pál
Curator of TEDxDanubia Countdown
According to his own self-definition, he is a resource, a transformer, but most of all, a father. A friend of humans, animals, plants, robots and non-zero-sum games.
Mányai Csaba
Curator of TEDxDanubia Countdown
The founder of TEDxDanubia, multidisciplinary explorer, “impact architect,” idealist and realist, father and man who believes that a more meaningful, liveable world and future are, in fact, possible.
Mányai Roland
Curator of TEDxDanubia Countdown, coordinator of Climate Action Circles
Bajnógel Péter
Event director
His life is defined by curiosity and openness. In addition to his communications work, he rides a bicycle, takes photos and raises a child or vice versa...

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