As Denver’s Food Waste Recovery Program Administrator, I am always looking for ways to engage with the public about the negative impacts of wasting food. When the invitation to apply for TEDx Cherry Creek landed in my inbox, I had little hesitation about giving it a go. Food waste is still a novel subject, particularly in the context of climate change. TEDx seemed the perfect venue to raise awareness about the link between climate change and food waste and help empower people to effect changes in their lives.
Receiving news that my talk had been accepted was both terrifying and exhilarating. My friends, family, and colleagues know how passionate I am about this topic and I could not wait to let them know I would soon take to the stage and be able to channel my enthusiasm and spread the word far and wide. Preparing for the talk, however, has had its challenges. There is so much I want to share, and narrowing the information to be presented has been difficult but also a great exercise in restraint. Getting feedback from friends and family has been helpful to ensure the message fits the TEDx format while being clear, concise, and empowering.
Though I’m excited to give my talk I’m very grateful for the rehearsal and practice time. The lack of a live audience at this year’s TEDx Cherry Creek may lessen the pressure a little but also presents its own challenges as the crowd’s reaction is useful in staying engaging. Overall, I am incredibly honored and thrilled that the TEDx team selected me for this event and I cannot wait to share my passion and knowledge.