Whaling boat on the ocean among floating ice.

Event information

17 Dec 2020


Online event

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Wildfires are burning, ice sheets are melting, mass extinction is real, even as governments are focusing on the immediate threat of the global pandemic.

At this crucial moment for the planet, join President-elect of the British Academy, Professor Julia Black, as she interviews former Governor of the Bank of England and UN Special Envoy for Climate Action and Finance, Mark Carney, about how, when, and even if the world really can become net carbon zero.

Presented in collaboration with the British Academy.

Part of the public programme accompanying the Citi exhibition Arctic: culture and climate at the British Museum (22 October 2020 – 21 February 2021).

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About the speakers

Professor Julia Black, the newly appointed President-elect of the British Academy, is one of the world's foremost experts in the design, dynamics and legitimacy of regulatory systems, both state and non-state based. She is currently Strategic Director of Innovation at LSE, an external member of the Prudential Regulation Committee at the Bank of England and an external member of the SONIA Oversight Committee. She is also a member of the Council for Science and Technology, which advises the Prime Minister on science and technology policy issues across government, and recently joined the Board of Governors of the Courtauld Institute of Art. In 2017, Black was appointed to the Board of UK Research and Innovation, and she was awarded a CBE for her services to the study of Law and Regulation in 2020.

Mark Carney

Mark Carney was appointed by UN Secretary-General António Guterres as UN Special Envoy on Climate Action and Finance in December 2019, advising Prime Minister Boris Johnson ahead of COP26 (the UN Climate Change Conference). From July 2013 to March 2020, he served as Governor of the Bank of England and Chair of the Monetary Policy Committee, Financial Policy Committee and the Board of the Prudential Regulation Committee. In addition to his duties as Governor of the Bank of England, he served as Chair of the Financial Stability Board (FSB) from 2011 to 2018, First Vice-Chair of the European Systemic Risk Board, a member of the Group of Thirty and the Foundation Board of the World Economic Forum. Carney has a bachelor's degree in Economics from Harvard University, a master's degree and a doctorate in Economics, both from Oxford University.

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