Mitigating the Climate Crisis - Beth Davenport
Durham Laidlaw Scholarship alumna Beth discusses her research into plant genetic engineering techniques, white privilege, and the relationship between COVID19 and the climate crisis.
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In this Scholar Spotlight episode, Beth Davenport from the University of Durham talks about her Laidlaw research, white privilege, and how the COVID19 pandemic is affecting the climate crisis.
During her scholarship, Beth investigated genetic engineering techniques of plants. Specifically, she looked at genes responsible for stem development in barley and how it can help us to tackle the climate crisis. Later this year, Beth is starting her Masters in Applied Biosciences and Biotechnology at Imperial College London.
Some articles by Beth:
Further Reading Suggestions by Beth
The best reads about the climate crisis generally split into two categories - that of the climate science, and that of the social science side of its causes and consequences.
Some, however, bridge both of the topics and these, in my opinion, are the best. The climate crisis is so holistic, it cannot be understood without both knowledge of the science, and politics and socioeconomics intertwined with it.
Merchants of Doubt: How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco Smoke to Global Warming by Naomi Oreskes and Erik M. Conway
How capitalist institutions often delay action. This is also now a film and I highly recommend watching to learn about climate denialism, how the fossil fuel industry goes about funding it, and its influence on politics in the U.S.
By Naomi Klein:
This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate and On Fire
She is amazing and everything she writes has total clarity about what is currently happening in our society that affects how we act on the climate crisis.
This Is Not A Drill: An Extinction Rebellion Handbook
To learn more about Extinction Rebellion.
The No-Nonsense Guide to Climate Change by Danny Chivers
The best all-round guide to climate change that's used a lot in teaching.
As Long as Grass Grows: The Indigenous Fight for Environmental Justice, From Colonization to Standing Rock by Dina Gilio-Whitaker
This book is incredible in helping to understand what is climate justice. It's a history of settler colonialism from an indigenous perspective in the framework of the ongoing struggle for environmental justice. This book is amazing in following what a climate-just world should look like, and how & why it is not so.
The Revenge of Gaia by James Lovelock, and Facing Gaia by Bruno Latour
The Gaia Theory by Lovelock, and also a philosophical examination of our relationship with 'nature' and how we need to change it in order to survive by Bruno Latour. It can be very theoretical but Latour's book, as someone who has read a lot about the climate crisis both socially and scientifically, gave me something new and interesting to think about - a new level of perspective on the human race. I therefore would put it in top priority for those seeking to learn about environmental philosophy.
Six Degrees by Mark Lynas
Physical impacts of climate change at different levels of future warming.
A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived: The Stories in Our Genes by Adam Rutherford
- The Gene: An Intimate History by Siddhartha Mukherjee
- A lot of Richard Dawkins' books are famous for this topic too.