About TEDxWorthingtonAvenue

TEDxWorthingtonAvenue is the Jamaican session of TED Countdown. It takes place October 17th, 2020, and will feature presentations from six local sustainability experts ( see Speakers page ) and pre-recorded talks from the TED Countdown in Norway. Each local speaker will look at solutions to Jamaica that will reduce our carbon footprint. Their topics are Transport, Food, Nature and the Built Environment.

Dr. David Smith, a leading ecologist in sustainable development, will host the event and there will be talks by six local experts. The speakers at TEDxWorthintonAvenue will seek to answer five fundamental, interconnected questions to help inform a blueprint for a cleaner future in Jamaica. It also includes pre-recorded talks from Countdown’s global launch in Bergen, Norway. 

This is the third TEDx that organizer Knolly Moses has held in Kingston.


Countdown is a global initiative to champion and accelerate solutions to the climate crisis, turning ideas into action. The goal: To build a better future by cutting greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2030 in the race to a zero-carbon world – a world that is safer, cleaner and fairer for everyone.

Countdown seeks to answer the five fundamental, interconnected questions (see below) to help inform a blueprint for a cleaner future. To do this, TED is bringing together scientists, activists, entrepreneurs, urban planners, farmers, CEOs, investors, artists, government officials, and others to find the most effective, evidence-based ideas out there and identify the bold solutions that can be activated to rise to the challenge. 

The initiative will be launched on October 10th, 2020 with a virtual event to hear from leading thinkers and doers about what a healthy, abundant, zero-emission future can look like; stirring examples of real progress underway; and powerful reasons why this post-crisis moment is the time to act. This global gathering is expected to serve as inspiration and a call to action to the world’s leaders — and to people everywhere — to step up and participate in building a better future. 

POWER: How rapidly can we move to 100% clean energy?
The plunging cost of renewables is a thrilling game-changer.

BUILT ENVIRONMENT: How can we re-engineer the stuff that surrounds us?
We need regenerative economics and a materials revolution.

TRANSPORT: How do we transform the ways we move?
It's time to rethink our cars, trucks, ships, and planes for the 21st century.

FOOD: How can we spark a worldwide shift to healthier food systems?
A delicious, nutritious future can be good for farmers — and the planet.

NATURE: How extensively can we re-green the earth?
Our forests, soil, and oceans can return us to a stable carbon cycle — and save countless other species.