The Pope and Prince William will join activists, artists, celebrities and politicians around the world on Saturday for a climate initiative, the aim of which is to highlight possible actions at all levels to combat global warming .
Entitled “Countdown”, this event is organized by the TED conference platform, a network specializing in the dissemination of ideas. Last year, “Countdown” was held in New York.
The show will start at 8:00 a.m. California time (5:00 p.m. Belgian time) on the TED Youtube channel. About 50 speakers are expected, including the Pope and Prince Williams.
“You will hear from people from different walks of life; from grassroots activists to activists,” actor Mark Ruffalo, one of the attendees, explained during a presentation of the event. “They will talk a little bit about the (climate related) problems, but you will hear more about the solutions,” he added.
The event will focus this year on actions people can take to address global warming, organizers say.
For example, the mayor of Freetown in Sierra Leone, will talk about the project his city is working on, to plant a million trees to protect the land from flooding and absorb carbon dioxide.
“Countdown” will last about five hours and will have the slogan: “The climate cannot wait,” explains Chris Anderson, president of the TED association.
The guest list also includes the President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen, the activist Xiye Bastida, the actor Chris Hemsworth and the former US Vice-President Al Gore.
The organizers have set themselves the goal of mobilizing governments and citizens around the world to cut CO2 emissions by half in the next decade and achieve carbon neutrality by 2050.