Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair and John Kerry, US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate, joined us for this online event to discuss the climate crisis and explore some of the possible solutions.
With the most crucial climate talks of all, COP26, taking place this November, the time for turning rhetoric into action is now.
The existential threat of climate change is a multifaceted problem and as such will require multifaceted solutions—economic, technological, political and behavioural. Governments, businesses and individuals all have a role to play, and it is undeniable that a global and unified approach will be required to ensure an effective, fair and just transition to a lower carbon society.
To discuss how best to achieve this, we welcomed former British Prime Minister Tony Blair and US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate, John Kerry, in conversation, for this very special instalment of the Science Museum Group’s Climate Talks series, in collaboration with the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change.
Mr Blair’s and Secretary Kerry’s decades of experience on the global stage make their insights into the challenge of confronting climate change invaluable, and their views on the obstacles that lie ahead essential.
Tony Blair served as Prime Minister of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from 1997 to 2007, during which time he helped secure the historic Good Friday Agreement in 1998, created the Department for International Development, tripled the UK’s foreign aid to Africa, and introduced legislation to tackle climate change.
After leaving office, he established the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change to work on some of the most difficult challenges facing our planet. Of these, the defining global challenge of the 21st century, and one that inarguably requires unprecedented global co-operation and political leadership, is climate change.
John F. Kerry is the United States’ first Special Presidential Envoy for Climate and the first-ever Principal to sit on the National Security Council entirely dedicated to climate change.
In recent years, Kerry was the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace’s first ever Visiting Distinguished Statesman, following his four years as the 68th United States Secretary of State. As America’s top diplomat, he guided the Department’s strategy on nuclear nonproliferation, combating radical extremism, and the threat of climate change. His tenure was marked by the successful negotiation of the Iran nuclear deal and the Paris Climate Agreement. Secretary Kerry was the Democratic Party’s nominee for President of the United States in 2004.
Produced in collaboration with the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change.