Jessica Hellmann

There is a part of climate change that we are not debating and developing enough, and it’s called “adaptation.” Though we know how to stop climate change (and we should), we do not yet know how to live with it. So that humans and other living things can survive–and perhaps thrive–in a changing climate, we need a generation of adaptation doctors to develop therapies and strategies that treat the climate change disease. Jessica Hellmann is the director of the Institute on the Environment at the University of Minnesota, an internationally recognized organization working to solve grand environmental challenges. Her research led an important paradigm shift in ecology and natural resource management by showing that living with climate change is just as crucial to the future of humanity and Earth’s ecosystems as slowing and stopping greenhouse gas emissions. Hellmann regularly counsels with a variety of government and corporate organizations, is a frequent contributor to leading scientific journals, and is routinely called upon by leading media outlets like CNN, NPR, Fox News, The Telegraph and the Chicago Tribune to provide expert input on topics related to global change. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at