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10 Best TED Talks on Climate Change & Sustainability To Watch Now

Looking to get informed and inspired on all things sustainability? Try these 10 best TED talks on climate change and sustainability to get you started.

With growing awareness about the climate crisis, and increasing warnings from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) on the imperative need to act now, many of us are looking for new ways to understand more about climate change. Many of us are also looking to try different ways to communicate to others about the climate crisis.

One easy, free and accessible way to understand more is through a TED Talk. A flick through the TED Talk archive reveals a vast array of climate change talks. These range in depth from climate scientists to activists, politicians, and more. Whilst the topics differ, all the talks share a common message – how to be impassioned to fight against climate change.

The 10 Best TED Talks on Climate Change

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What To Do When Climate Change Feels Unstoppable – Clover Hogan’s TED Talk

Suffering from climate anxiety? Clover Hogan delivers this brilliant TED Talk on climate change that you’ll want to watch. Clover has experienced climate anxiety firsthand. However, she also understands the path to climate action starts with the one thing you can control: your mindset. She explains why challenging the stories that keep you feeling powerless can help you take the first step to protect the planet for generations to come.

Love, Sorrow And The Emotions That Power Climate Action – Knut Ivar Bjørlykhaug

Social worker and environmental activist Knut Ivar Bjørlykhaug delivers this inspiring TED talk on climate change. In it, Knut asks you to picture your favourite place in nature, and how would you then feel if it disappeared tomorrow? By doing so, Knut invites us to confront the deep, difficult emotions – love, sorrow and even rage – born from climate-driven ecological loss. By confronting these emotions, Knut argues we can power climate action.

Nature Is Everywhere, We Just Need To Learn To See It – Emma Marris

How do you define “nature?” Environmental writer Emma Marris argues that if we define nature as that which is untouched by humans, then we won’t have any left.

Instead, in this sustainability TED Talk, Emma urges us to consider a new definition of nature. A definition that includes not only pristine wilderness but also the untended patches of plants growing in urban spaces. In the process, Emma encourages us to bring our children out to touch and tinker with it, so that one day they might love and protect nature too.

The Most Important Thing You Can Do To Fight Climate Change: Talk About It – Katharine Hayhoe

How do you talk to someone who doesn’t believe in climate change? Climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe says it’s not by rehashing the same data and facts we’ve been discussing for years.

In this inspiring, pragmatic climate change TED Talk, Hayhoe shows how the key to having a real discussion is to connect over shared values like family and community. This can then prompt people to realise that they already care about a changing climate. “We can’t give in to despair,” she says. “We have to go out and look for the hope we need to inspire us to act. And that hope begins with a conversation, today.”

Climate Justice Can’t Happen Without Racial Justice – David Lammy

Why has there been so little mention of saving Black lives from the climate emergency? For too long, racial justice efforts have been distinguished from climate justice work, says David Lammy, Member of Parliament for Tottenham. In this powerful climate change TED talk about building a new movement to care for the planet, Lammy calls for inclusion and support of Black and minority leadership on climate issues. He also calls for a global recognition that we can’t solve climate change without racial, social and intergenerational justice. If you only watch one TED Talk today, make it this one.

Why Climate Change Is A Threat to Human Rights – Mary Robinson

Climate change is unfair. While rich countries can fight against rising oceans, poor people around the world are already having their lives upended – and their human rights threatened – by killer storms, starvation, and the loss of their own lands. In this passionate and inspiring sustainability TED Talk, the former Irish Prime Minister Mary Robinson asks us to join the movement for worldwide climate justice.

The Disarming Case To Act Right Now On Climate Change – Greta Thunberg

In this passionate call to action from November 2018, the then 16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg explains why, in August 2018, she walked out of school and organised a strike to raise awareness of global warming. This simple act of protesting outside the Swedish parliament grabbed the world’s attention. “The climate crisis has already been solved. We already have all the facts and solutions,” Thunberg says. “All we have to do is to wake up and change.”

The Link Between Climate Change, Health And Poverty – Cheryl Holder

For the poor and vulnerable, the health impacts of climate change are already here, says physician Cheryl Holder. Unseasonably hot temperatures, disease-carrying mosquitoes and climate gentrification threaten those with existing health conditions, while wealthier people move to higher ground. In this impassioned TED talk on climate change, Holder proposes impactful ways clinicians can protect their patients from climate-related health challenges. Holder also calls on doctors, politicians and others to build a care system that incorporates economic and social justice.

The Fastest Way To Slow Climate Change Now – Ilissa Ocko

“Cutting methane is the single fastest, most effective opportunity to reduce climate change risks in the near term,” says atmospheric scientist Ilissa Ocko. That’s because, unlike carbon dioxide, methane’s warming power doesn’t come from a gradual buildup over time. Instead, it is driven almost entirely by recent emissions. In this sustainability TED talk, Ocko identifies three main sources of methane pollution which, if addressed, could dramatically slow down the rate of global warming within years, not decades. “This is the methane moment,” Ocko says.

Climate Change Isn’t A Distant Threat – It’s Our Reality – Selina Neirok Leem

Every year, ocean levels rise and high tides flood the low-lying Marshall Islands in the Pacific, destroying homes, salinating water supplies and disrupting livelihoods. In this stirring poem and sustainability TED talk, youth climate warrior Selina Neirok Leem explains why adaptation using Indigenous solutions is the only choice for people on the front lines of climate change. “These islands are our ancestors, our predecessors, our homes,” Leem says. “We are at the risk of losing all of that for something we contributed very little to.”

Looking for even more inspiration? Do try my top sustainability quotes, and these inspiring climate change speeches.

Ethical Fashion, Life & Style

Where To Buy The Best Ethical Hoodies

Wondering where to buy the best sustainable and ethical hoodies to keep you comfortable and warm? Read on for the Moral Fibres top recommendations – from organic cotton hoodies and more.

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Many of us have faced up to the problems caused by fast fashion, and are instead trying to shop more ethically.

However, there are some areas of the ethical clothing market where it’s near impossible to find what you are looking for. Ethically made underwired bras. Men’s shirts. Smart trousers, or smart jackets for example. These are almost impossible to buy, save for shopping secondhand.

On the opposite end of the scale, we’ve got the ethical hoodie market. Ethical consumers are entirely spoiled for choice when it comes to finding organic, Fairtrade and ethically produced hoodies. But where to begin finding the best hoodies according to our budget and personal ethics? To help you out, I’ve rounded up my favourites to keep you sustainably cosy.

The Best Ethical Hoodies

Person wearing a green hoodie with a blue text box that says the best ethical and organic hoodies to keep you cosy.

Let me show you some of my favourite places to buy ethical hoodies.

The price range key for this guide is £ = Under £50 | ££ = £50 – £100 | £££ = £100+

I’m mindful that everyone has different ethics when it comes to clothing. As such, this guide has been designed to be a starting-off point for you to research the most sustainable option for your own particular set of ethics.

Colorful Standard’s Organic Hoodies

Person wearing yellow Colorful Standard hooded jumper

Price: ££

FitsXS – XXL

Gender: Unisex

Looking for a unisex ethical hoodie in every colour of the rainbow? Head straight to Colorful Standard*. This sustainable essentials brand specialises in high-quality unisex clothing in almost every colour you could ever imagine.

Sounds like hyperbole? Hyperbole it is not. Their hoodies come in an amazing 55 different colours – ranging from muted neutrals to bold and vibrant tones. If you can’t find the colour of hoodie you want at Colorful Standard then it probably doesn’t exist!

The best part is that you don’t have to compromise your ethics. All of their hoodies are ethically made in Portugal using 100% organic cotton. Colorful Standard also plants one tree for every order placed.

And whilst you might be worried about the environmental impact of their dyes, you can breathe easy.  Colorful Standard says all of the dyes we use to develop their various shades are all Oeko-Tex Certified. This is an independent verification scheme where their dyes have been thoroughly tested for harmful chemicals.

What’s more, their products are garment dyed. This means that the items are first produced, and then dyed according to demand only. This way, Colorful Standard can produce their products without wasting large quantities of dye.

Browse the selection of hoodies directly via the Colorful Standard website*.

TenTree’s Ethical Hoodies

Person wearing green TenTree ethical hoodie

Price: £ – ££

Fits: XS – XXL

Gender: Male and female styles available

TenTree*, a Canadian ethical clothing company is another company to have on your ethical clothing radar. As well as making stylish ethically and sustainably produced outdoors and casual wear, they plant 10 trees for every item you purchase – hence the name!

Trees are planted in different countries – mainly Madagascar, and Indonesia – in partnership with various reforestation charities, such as Trees for the Future. It is this partnership that ensures meaningful and sustainable replanting. 

Of course, it’s not just about the trees (although it’s a good place to start).  As a certified B-Corp, every TenTree item is ethically made using only sustainable fabrics.  When it comes to their hoodies, that means these are made from organic cotton.

Check out the TenTree hoodie range in the UK at Alpinetrek*.

Silverstick’s Ethical Hoodies

person wearing a blue silverstick hoodie

Price: ££

FitsUK women’s sizes 8 – 16 / men’s sizes S – XXL

Gender: Male, female and unisex styles available

Looking for outdoors clothing made by people that understand the meaning of outdoors performance wear? Try Silverstick*.

Silverstick says they are on a mission to get people outdoors. They describe themselves as outdoor people making sustainable clothes purpose-built for outdoor adventures. Each garment is stress-tested against anything the outdoors can throw at it, so you can be certain of its quality and longevity.

Their cosy ethical hoodies are made using 100% organic cotton, which is certified by the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS). This certification ensures that no harmful chemicals have been used in the cotton-growing process.

Their hoodies are then ethically manufactured in a GOTS accredited Turkish factory that meets the highest social and environmental standards. Every year their factory is independently inspected and certified by the Global Textile Organic Standard (GOTS) and the Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI). This ensures ethical standards are upheld.

Silverstick also uses low-impact dyes that are independently certified as non-toxic. This means their clothes are free from nasties like heavy metals, ammonia treatments, azo dyes, bleaches, chlorine, phthalates and formaldehyde.

Explore the Silverstick range at Ethical Superstore*.

Ninety Percent

Ninety percent black hooded jumper

Price: ££ – £££


Gender: Male and female styles available

Ninety Percent* is a London-based sustainable womenswear and menswear clothing label. They produce luxury ethical basics, such as organic cotton hoodies, and stylish tops crafted from supersoft Tencel. And not only that, but they have created a pioneering profit-sharing business model too.

This approach sees Ninety Percent sharing 90% of their distributed profits between five charitable causes close to their hearts, and those who make their clothes.

You can get involved too. When you buy an item of clothing from Ninety Percent, you can choose which charity you’d like to support with your purchase. Charities include War Child UK, Wild Aid, Big Life, and more. If you can’t choose, you can select to support all causes. Here, the distributed profits will be shared equally between all of the causes.

It’s not just the materials and the profit-sharing that make Ninety Percent a top choice for ethical hoodies. Every aspect of their operations is carefully considered. Ninety Percent shy away from short-lived trends, so you won’t find any fast fashion here. Instead, you’ll only find clothes built to last, and love.

In terms of manufacturing, all of Ninety Percent’s clothing is made in Bangladesh. Whilst at first glance that might not sound so ethical, their factory is an industry-leading garment manufacturing facility that puts people, planet and product first. From fair wages, health insurance and childcare, to a free hot lunch every day, they’re dedicated to setting the very best standard.

Shop Ninety Percent* directly via their website. Sign up to the Ninety Percent mailing list and get 20% off your first order.


Person on a beach wearing a navy blue Finisterre ethical hoodie

Price: ££ – £££

FitsUK women’s sizes 8 – 16 / Men’s sizes XS – XXL

Gender: Male and female styles available

If functional, durable, and sustainable are qualities high up on your hoodie wishlist, then try Finisterre*. With a wide range of ethical hoodies, made from organic cotton and other natural fibres, Finisterre’s clothes are designed for the needs of British surfers. The good news is that you don’t have to be a surfer to appreciate their well-made hoodies.

In terms of ethical credentials, Finisterre is the real deal. Since its inception in 2003, sustainability has been at the heart of everything they do. From their commitment to using plastic-free packaging to their commitment to using the most sustainable fabrics possible, Finistere has carefully considered all aspects of its business.

Finisterre will also help you to repair your Finisterre clothes, or they will repair them for you if you can’t. And when your clothes wear out, they offer a handy takeback scheme. Here they will either upcycle your old clothes into new products or fully recycle them. 

And in 2018, Finisterre became B Corp Certified. This means that Finisterre has been independently certified as a business that is committed to prioritising the environment and society in every aspect of its activities.

Browse Finisterre’s range of ethical hoodies* directly via their website. What’s more, sign up to their mailing list and get 10% off your first order.

Organic Basics

Person wearing a navy blue Organic Basics ethical hoodie.

Price: ££ – £££

FitsXS – XL

Gender: Male and female styles available

Danish-based Organic Basics* make stylish hoodies made from 100% organic cotton, in a range of colourways and weights.

As well as avoiding synthetic blends, Organic Basics takes its environmental and social impact seriously. In fact, sustainable thinking is placed at the centre of everything at Organic Basics.

For a start, their hoodies are ethically made in factories where they commit to fair wages and good working conditions. This means their factories are free of child labour and forced labour. It also means that their workers are given a safe working space, paid a living wage, offered employee perks like free lunch and childcare, and are treated with respect at all times.

However, their environmental and social thinking doesn’t stop there. Their factories are powered by solar power for a lower impact. And Organic Basics also operates zero-waste production methods to reduce textile waste.

When it comes to your clothing, Organic Basics design their clothing to last. And your items are even shipped to you plastic-free. In short, there’s a lot to love about Organic Basics.

Browse the selection directly via the Organic Basics website*. And use the exclusive discount code WENDYOBC at the checkout for 10% off your order.


Person wearing Patagonia organic hoodie

Price: ££ – £££

FitsXS – XXL

Gender: Male and female and styles available

Patagonia’s ethical hoodies* are Fairtrade certified. This means that as well as paying the Fairtrade premium, to ensure producers are paid a fair price, Patagonia pays an additional premium for every Patagonia item that carries the Fair Trade Certified™ sewn label. That extra money then goes directly to the workers at the factory, and they decide how to spend it.

Here workers have chosen to use the premiums to fund community projects. These have included health-care programmes or a child-care centre. In other cases, workers have chosen to purchase products they could not otherwise afford, like a laptop computer or a stove. Whilst in other cases, workers have opted to take a cash bonus. 

What’s more, Patagonia’s hoodies are designed to last and be repairable.  Their website also advises on how to repair all Patagonia items, which is seriously useful.  And for any clothing that can’t be repaired then you can drop it off at a Patagonia store for recycling or repurposing. 

Browse the selection of Patagonia hoodies in the UK via Alpinetrek*.

Here’s hoping you can find your dream ethical hoodie to cosy up to for years to come. And looking for more ethical clothing inspiration? Do check out my guide to women’s ethical clothing and men’s ethical clothing.

Main image used c/o Finisterre.