Climate Summit for Young and Emerging Leaders

State Theatre Centre of WA
6 November, 2021

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Countdown is TED's global initiative to champion and accelerate solutions to the climate crisis, turning ideas into action.


Countdown is TED’s global initiative to champion and accelerate solutions to the climate crisis, turning ideas into action.

Every organisation, company, city and nation and citizens everywhere are invited to collaborate with Countdown and take action on climate. It is a movement open to everyone – and everyone has a vital role to play.

Here in WA, young and emerging leaders know that taking climate action is critical to their future. They understand that we need to reach net zero carbon and believe young people are a vital part of the solution. If this sounds like you, then Countdown is for you.  

Created for young leaders aged 16 to 30, Countdown puts those most affected by climate change front and centre. Six remarkable, future-focused, innovative young leaders spoke about how they are actively working towards net zero. Their fresh ideas are practical routes to a better, more sustainable world.

Countdown won’t debate climate change – the science is in, and responsibility for the crisis is understood. Instead, the Summit is all about tangible, realistic action that will make a difference. Action is needed now for a world that is safer, cleaner and fairer for everyone.  

We were joined by The Honourable Kim Beazley AC, Governor of Western Australia who delivered a Welcome Address. The Governor strongly believes that young and emerging leaders are central to WA’s path to carbon neutrality.

Like all TEDxKingsPark events, Countdown was carbon neutral.


Isabella Poll
Youth Leader in Deliberative Democracy

Jacob Martin
Developing Nanotechnology for Climate Stabilisation

Josh Hopkins
Systems Thinker

Katarina Doughty
Sustainable Food Scientist

Matilda Peters
Workplace Zero Carbon Champion

Shannon Algar
Complex Systems Mathematician

Curators and Hosts

TEDxKingsPark Speakers and their talks are carefully curated by our skilled Curation team. 

Maggie Gordon

Opeyemi Idris


Principal Partner

Major Partners


State Theatre Centre

The Venue

Studio Underground at the State Theatre Centre of WA.

The venue is fully accessible to wheelchair users. If you have any other access needs, message us and we’ll be in touch.

Address: Studio Underground, State Theatre Centre of WA, 174-176 William Street, Perth WA 6000