The 2021 Annual Science Lecture

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Biodiversity loss and climate change present a joint challenge, one that needs a radical shift in thought, action and investment to defeat.

Free, online event – no ticket required  

11 March 2021, 19.30-21.00

Elephants and economics: why net zero matters to us all

Join our panel of experts as they discuss what businesses, governments and citizens need to do to reach net zero and why it matters to all of us. You'll also have the opportunity to ask the questions that matter to you.

Biodiversity loss and climate change present a joint challenge that requires a radical shift in thought, action and investment. Following the release of The Economics of Biodiversity: The Dasgupta Review - which defines nature as an asset and challenges our obsession with economic growth as a marker for success - the stark reality of our relationship with nature is once again in the spotlight.

Panel chair and host Dr Tim Littlewood, Executive Director for Science at the Natural History Museum, will be joined by an expert panel including:

  • Dr Mark Carney, UN Special Envoy for Climate Action and Finance
  • Kate Raworth, author of Doughnut Economics and economist at the Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford
  • Professor Ian Bateman OBE, environmental economist at the Land, Environment, Economics and Policy Institute (LEEP), University of Exeter 
  • Professor Andy Purvis, Research Leader Life Sciences, The Natural History Museum

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