Beth Gardiner is an American environmental journalist based in London, and the author of Choked: The Age of Air Pollution and the Fight for a Cleaner Future, one of the Guardian’s best books of 2019 and a finalist for the National Association of Science Writers’ Science in Society book award. Beth's work has appeared in publications including The New York Times, The Guardian, National Geographic, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal and Yale Environment 360. These days, she focuses mainly on stories about environment, health and climate change, but she’s written about everything from politics, education and feminism to food and the arts. Beth spent 10 years as a reporter for the Associated Press, based first in New York and then in London.

Choked: The Age of Air Pollution and the Fight for a Cleaner Future.

Beth will discuss her travels around the world reporting on the health dangers of air pollution. She’ll explain what’s in the air we breathe and why it matters, explore the political and economic forces that have left more than 90 percent of humanity exposed to unhealthy levels of pollution, and share the stories of activists fighting for change, from Los Angeles and London to Poland, China and India. Beth will describe how air pollution intersects with all the biggest challenges we face today, including economic inequality, racial injustice, climate change and Covid-19. And she’ll explain that dirty air is not an impossible problem. We know how to fix it. And doing so will not only make us all healthier, but also help ensure a stable climate for future generations.