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Professional cricket player and alum, Joe Cooke, focuses on climate change issues

(15 April 2021)

Former student, Joe Cookeis using his findings from his dissertation to combine his career in professional cricket with his ambitions to act on current climate change issues. 

During Cooke’s time at Durham, he played in the middle order for MCCU and his abilities were vital in facilitating the team’s first appearance at the top of the BUCS National League in 2018. After graduating, he used his experience playing with Durham to secure a spot on the first team in Glamorgan’s middle order and now works towards his goal to make the England team.  

Though Joe’s passion isn’t limited to his sport, during his final year of his degree in Natural Sciences he wrote a dissertation on the relationship between cricket and climate change. He found that although the link between the two appears feeble, the warmer temperatures over the last 10 years have affected multiple match results and if the effects of climate change continue to be ignored then it will have devastating effects for all cricket-playing nations.  

The conclusions drawn from his research, alongside his time spent volunteering with Friends of the Earth, have directed his focus towards encouraging his sport to move in the right direction by engaging in the global issues presented by climate change 

We will be watching out for Joe as he progresses his career in cricket and we look forward to seeing what positive changes he makes in both a sporting and professional capacity. 

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