5 TED Talks for lovers of nature

5 TED Talks for lovers of nature

Ever since I discovered them, I’ve enjoy watching and listening to TED Talks. The range of subjects has grown enormously over the years and the best part? They’re free to watch.

If you love or even just appreciate nature, then I’ve put together 5 of my favourite informative and inspirational nature based TED Talks.

I hope they inspire you to see the world in which we live in a better way.

1. A simple way to tell insects apart

There are nearly a million species of insects in the world? These are made up of an estimated 10 Quintilian (10,000,000,000,000,000,000) individual insects alive at any one time. Of this huge number, most have one of only five common types of mouth parts. In this video, Anika Hazra explains how an insect’s mouth parts can help identify which order it belongs to. Know this also gives clues about how it evolved and what it feeds on.

2. For the love of birds

From the majestic crested guinea fowl to the vultures that can pick an animal carcass clean in 30 minutes, Washington Wachira encourages us to learn more about birds that share the planet with us. This is a great talk for anyone interested in birds.

3. Why do whales sing?

Communicating underwater is a challenge. Light and odours don’t travel very far and  so it’s hard for animals to see or smell. But did you know that sound travels at about four times faster in water than in air? That’s why in this dark environment, marine mammals often rely on making sounds to communicate with each other. Whale song is probably the most well know of these underwater sounds. In this video we learn about how and possibly why these sounds are created by the world’s largest mammals.

4. Nature is everywhere – we just need to learn to see it

Emma Marris tells us that if we define nature as that which is untouched by humans, then we won’t have any left. She proposes a new definition of nature that includes not only untouched wilderness but also the uncared for almost wild patches of plants growing in our urban spaces. She also asks us to take our children to these places so they can touch and tinker with it. This way they might grow to love and protect it.

5. The story of life in photographs

Frans Lanting presents an amazing slide show of his LIFE project, a collection of photographs that tell the story of our planet, from its eruptive beginnings to its present diversity. Accompanied by the music of Philip Glass it’s nice to just sit and watch the images.

And that’s it…for now

I hope you either learned something knew, were inspired to look at our world differently or just enjoyed the experience of watching these videos.

Are there any TED Talk videos about the natural world that you discovered? I’d love to know what they are. Please leave a comment below.

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