Earth Day: A Reading List

The theme of Earth Day 2023 is: Invest In Our Planet. We’ve pulled together a reading list of blog posts and extracts engaging with this subject matter and wider conversations about our relationship to our planet. Read below.

The Rights of Marine Animals
Chris Armstrong

Chris Armstrong’s book, A Blue New Deal, now in paperback, is an urgent account of the state of our oceans today – and what we must do to protect them. The free chapter extracted on the blog concentrates on the rights of marine animals. Read below.

Climate Change — No 0.5°C Are The Same
James Ladyman & Karoline Wiesner

James Ladyman & Karoline Wiesner, authors of What is a Complex System?explain the increases in atmospheric temperature and what their consequences might be.

Big Ideas for a Sustainable Future
Daniel Esty

Daniel Esty, editor of A Better Planet: Forty Big Ideas for a Sustainable Future explains the Zero Carbon Action Plan and talks about why A Better Planet is relevant for the discussions arising around sustainability and the future of our planet.

Egypt’s Environmental History Offers A Warning
Alan Mikhail

For two centuries, Egypt’s infrastructure projects have realised some goals — but most also turned into disasters of different kinds. Alan Mikhail, author of My Egypt Archive, gives his perspective in this blog post originally published by The Washington Post for COP27.

Global Crisis
Geoffrey Parker

Geoffrey Parker outlines his book, Global Crisis: War, Climate Change and Catastrophe in the Seventeenth Century, and explores how the lessons learned from the global cooling in the seventeenth-century can be applied to the climate crisis today. You can also read the prologue of Global Crisis for free below.

Synthetic Biology and Nature-Based Solution
Kent H. Redford and William M. Adams

Kent H. Redford and William M. Adams, the authors of Strange Natures: Conservation in the Era of Synthetic Biology, explain why synthetic biology and nature-based solutions are important for the discussions arising around climate change.

Indigenous Voices in Global Soil (and Climate) Policy
Jo Handelsman, Kayla Cohen, Garth Harmsworth and Shaun Awatere 

Jo Handelsman, Kayla Cohen, Garth Harmsworth and Shaun Awatere, authors of A World Without Soil, tell us about the importance of soil and why the voices of indigenous people must be heard. Origiinally published on our blog for COP26.

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