I am Kim van Daalen, a first year PhD student and Gates Scholar at the University of Cambridge in Global Public Health. I have always been strongly driven by the need to DO something to improve the world; a world in which people can live in a safe environment, in equality and in a state of wellbeing with the fundamental access to health as a human right. Over the years being part of several international Global Health NGOs and founding initiatives as the People’s Climate March Amsterdam 2017, made me a passionate Global Health and Climate Change action advocate!
Basis of TED-Talk
This TED-Talk will be based on previous blogs I wrote: https://kimvandaalen.wordpress.com/2017/11/20/climate-change-action-for-the-climate-change-denialist-what-if-we-create-a-better-world-for-nothing/ and https://kimvandaalen.wordpress.com/2017/05/15/climate-change-what-the-health/ combined with current experiences I had in communicating the benefits of climate change action.
What if we create a better world for nothing? – Rephrasing the Climate Action narrative
This TED-Talk explores the way in which we communicate Climate Change Action, changing the narrative from a Doomsday scenario (e.g. communities in crisis due rising sea levels) to one of opportunities, championing the strength and possibilities of and within communities. One of the key examples would be the extensive opportunities that Climate Change Action has in improve Global Health and the health of individuals (linking the SDGs).
(Consider the following; the WHO estimates that 3.0 million deaths every year are a result of exposure to ambient air pollution and 4.3 million deaths are a result of household indoor pollution (often causes by traditional stoves). On top of that they estimate that 92% of the world’s population lives in places where the air quality exceeds WHO guidelines which can lead to various (chronic) respiratory and cardiovascular diseases (e.g. stroke, heart disease, COPD, lung cancer). This reduces the quality of life of people worldwide. Nonetheless, there are solutions that have been proving to work; combating air pollution)