5 Inspiring TED Talks About Nature

Bonus: All of these talks are led by women!

Now more than ever it’s important to support women with amazing ideas, especially in the realm of STEM and environmental innovation. Below, watch a handful of innovative scientists, videographers, and thought leaders lead inspiring Ted Talks on compelling aspects of the natural world.


Humble Plants That Hide Surprising Secrets

Good For: The Wellness Guru

If you pride yourself on always being up-to-date on the latest superfood trends, check out biologist Ameenah Gurib-Fakim’s 2014 talk on rare plant species from different regions throughout Africa and from various isolated island that may hold the secret to curing common ailments like asthma.

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How Trees Talk To Each Other

Good For: The Inquisitive Scientist

Do you ever talk to your plants? (We’ve been known to play them some smooth jazz.) If you’ve been slacking on your end of the conversation, no fear– your plants may have been talking to each other this whole time. In her 2016 talk, Suzanne Simard presents her 30 years of research from the Canadian forests, which reveal the complex social relationships trees cultivate.

Grow Your Own Clothes

Good For: The Fashionista

Vintage and recycled fashion is an easy, earth-conscious way to up your personal style. But what about growing your very own line of textiles? Suzanne Lee’s textiles are made from a kombucha based material that can be used either as a standard fabric or as a vegan leather alternative.

Unseen Footage, Untamed Nature

Good For: The Photography Enthusiast

If you’ve spent any time glued to Netflix watching the mesmerizingly beautiful Planet Earth, then Karen Bass’s 2012 talk is a must-see. In her ten minute presentation, she curates footage from her work for the BBC and National Geographic, some of which is never-before-seen.

A Garden In My Apartment

Good For: The Crafty DIY-er

Do you love a good afternoon project? For those crafty-types out there, Britta Riley’s 2011 talk will leave you brimming with ideas. Though she lived in a tiny apartment (a familiar lament in New York), Riley grew her own edible garden entirely out of recycled plastic bottles.

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