There is something empowering about sharing your idea on a global platform. I have been a passionate advocate for food waste reduction for several years and am always looking for opportunities to spread the word. The majority of people I encounter still do not know that globally 30% of the food that is produced is wasted. Neither are people aware of how much environmental, economic, and social harm results from all that waste. Although food waste is systemic issue that requires system-wide solutions, there are simple steps people can take at home right now to avoid wasting food. In addition, these steps have the potential to save the average family of four approximately $1,800 in groceries each year.
Rehearsing for the talk with friends and family showed me the potential my message had to influence people. Friends who had little to no familiarity with food waste were taken aback by some of the statistics and reached out to me later to tell me they were giving more consideration to wasting less food and were changing habits as a result. This feedback is what gave me the courage and motivation necessary to get on stage.
To be sure, the lead up to the talk was nerve-wracking. While I have done public speaking many times before, this talk felt different. Never before had my talks had the potential to reach such a broad audience. I had this fear that I would forget some critical piece of information. Thankfully after a lot of pacing prior to the talk, it went smoothly.
I am very thankful to have been given the opportunity to step on the TEDx stage. I hope my passion shone through and will inspire people to work towards a food waste free future.