Rohwedder Tackles Mega-challenges of Poverty Reduction, Lowering Ecological Footprint, TEDX Talk Now on YouTube

Reducing poverty while lowering humanity's ecological footprint is the subject of Dr. Rocky Rohwedder's online talk he gave at TEDx UCIrvine on Saturday, March 3.

Dr. Rohwedder is the first Sonoma State University Professor to give a TED talk, and the YouTube video of his talk has reached over 1000 views in just a week.

Based on five years of teaching and research, on five continents and in 25 countries, the TEDx talk focuses on finding solutions at the nexus of what Rohwedder calls "mega-challenges." "Ecological Handprints: Lifting Humanity While Lowering Our Footprint" is a story of model programs from around the world that are turning their "vision into a verb" as they both lift humanity and lower our footprint.

TEDx is a spin-off of the annual TED conference started 25 years ago in southern California. TEDx are smaller, local self-organized events with the same purpose as TED: spread ideas worth sharing.

Professor and chair of the department of environmental studies and planning, Rohwedder has been a consultant on numerous international projects including creation of water education programs for youth in the Middle East peace process. Rohwedder has also established digital networks in developing countries long before public internet was available in those areas.

For more on Rohwedder's talk, visit

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