An action plan for solving the climate crisis

John Doerr and Ryan Panchadsaram| October 2021

“How much more damage do we have to endure before we realize that it’s cheaper to save this planet than to ruin it?” asks engineer and investor John Doerr. In conversation with Countdown cofounder Lindsay Levin, Doerr and systems innovator Ryan Panchadsaram lay out six big objectives that — if pursued with speed and scale — could transform society and get us to net-zero emissions by 2050. An action plan to solve the world’s climate crisis, backed up by a proven system for setting goals for success.

This talk was presented at an official TED conference, and was featured by our editors on the home page.


John Doerr · Engineer, investorJohn Doerr is an engineer, acclaimed venture capitalist, chairman of Kleiner Perkins and the author of “Speed and Scale” and “Measure What Matters.”

Ryan Panchadsaram · Systems innovatorRyan Panchadsaram is an engineer and investor focused on solving systemic societal challenges.

Lindsay Levin · Entrepreneur, activist Lindsay Levin has dedicated her life to reshaping what leadership looks like, exploring our collective humanity through vulnerability and listening.

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