Earth Talks is an annual series of short, student-led presentations that are focused on sustainability topics. Each talk is led by a Wake Forest student or group of students who are eager to share their knowledge, passions, and/or research with others in the WFU community. Most importantly, you don’t need to be an expert to present; everyone is welcome to be part of this sharing community!

Earth Talks 2024

The fourth annual Earth Talks took place on Tuesday, April 16 from 5:00 – 6:30 pm in Pugh Auditorium. The recorded video can be viewed at the link below.

Event Program


Q: What are the benefits to being a presenter?
A: As a presenter, you’ll receive individualized guidance and support from Office of Sustainability staff and/or faculty experts throughout the development of your talk. You’ll hone your public speaking skills, improve your ability to create effective and engaging presentations, and have the opportunity to share your interests and passions with your peers. You’ll also receive a recording of your talk and be able to point to your enhanced communication skills. Past presenters have found Earth Talks to be a valuable, rewarding, and fun experience.

Q: Do I need to be an expert to be a presenter?
A: Absolutely not! Earth Talks is similar to TED or TEDx in terms of its format, but it’s designed to be accessible for everyone to present. While factual accuracy is paramount, you do not need to be a bona fide expert to deliver a successful presentation. In the application form, you’ll be able to choose the level of your talk (introductory, intermediate, or advanced). The goal is to have a variety of levels of expertise represented.

Q: What topics can I present on?
A: Any and all topics related to sustainability are welcome. This includes climate change, environmental justice, biodiversity, energy, clothing and textiles, community issues, food, waste, leadership and behavior change, ocean conservation, and more. This event is designed to attract students from all disciplines. If you’d like to talk about a potential idea, email Brian (

Q: What format should my presentation be in?
A: Whatever format you want! While most presenters use slides, feel free to let your creativity run wild! You’re welcome to include video clips, make your session interactive with a game, incorporate audience participation, and more.

Q: How long will my session be?
A: Earth Talks are designed to be short and energetic to keep the audience engaged. All talks are slated for 10 minutes, which includes a few minutes for Q&A. Exceptions will only be made for very compelling reasons.

Q: Can I present with a group?
A: Absolutely! You’re welcome to present individually or with as many others as you’d like (within reason, of course). You can even include faculty, staff, alumni, or community members on your team if you so choose.

Earth Talks 2023

Click here to watch a recording of Earth Talks 2023

Earth Talks 2022

Earth Talks 2021