Linh DO – The journey of an Australian teenager who became a world leader activist and went to the UN.
Linh Do is a Melbourne based activist with a globe-trotting lifestyle, having worked in over 15 countries. She’s done everything from changing one million lightbulbs (and mindsets) in Australia to working at the UN to create social change on environmental issues, and in 2013 was named as Australian Geographic’s Young Conservationist of the Year.
At just 15, Linh Do had a light-bulb moment. It was 2006 and the Melbourne schoolgirl was fiercely determined to do something positive for the environment. While taking part in a school leadership program, she came up with the bright idea to have every incandescent light bulb in the school changed to an energy-saving fluorescent one.
With the support of her local community, Linh’s Change a Million Light Bulbs project grew: her neighbours and friends jumped on board and nearby schools followed suit. The campaign spread and over the course of 18 months, more than 1 million light bulbs were changed.
As part of her campaign, Linh encouraged people who made the switch to send letters to their local member of parliament. As a result, in 2007, Australian legislation changed to limit the sale of incandescent bulbs. After the success of Change a Million Light Bulbs, Linh spent two years working with the United Nations Environment Programme, encouraging other nations to adopt fluorescent lighting policies. Today, 30 countries have phased-out the sale of incandescent bulbs.
Linh has been speaking for TEDx twice and she will explain her journey as activist but moreover she will give tips on better strategic communication. The talk will allow plenty of time for discussion and Q&A.