Meet the climate team

Mary Goldman

Risk advisor and teachers’ daughter
Mary Goldman

Climate change is complicated. But that’s not stopping people around the world from making a difference. We’re lucky to have some brilliantly diverse people leading our climate work across the firm. In this series, we help you get to know them, their areas of expertise and why they’re passionate about the planet.

Meet Mary. An avid cyclist, she spins along searching for lessons, knowing “everyone has something to teach” – ever the educators’ daughter. She shares her lessons with our clients to support their sustainable choices, reduce their carbon footprint and co-create a planet where everyone can flourish.

Mary on her bike in Rookhope, UK

Doing our best in ambiguous circumstances

In a US fishing resort town where clamming, fishing, and swimming were everything, Mary’s teacher-parents opened her ears and eyes to the world. She grew “an intense affinity with the natural world” that piqued her desire to work to maintain a climate compatible with the natural environment that enabled the lifestyle and livelihood of her community.

But it was a summer in Washington D.C. that bore her most formative influence. She stayed with her uncle and aunt, who lived next door to nuclear physicist Gerald Barney. His exploration of sustainable development and dynamic systems modelling inspired Mary, and she joined his youth group, Our Task.

She was motivated to consider not only what climate change meant for her future in 2050, but what tools and expertise would provide her with the most powerful ways to make a difference – ultimately choosing to study economics and developing her expertise in economic modelling.

“I’m working for a future where climate action is embedded in our social, economic and cultural lives – and where it’s no longer an existential crisis.”
Mary Goldman

The future of business

“In my team at Deloitte, we develop ways to show our clients what climate risk might mean for their future. I specialise in developing our quantitative modelling to show our clients how climate risks might impact different aspects of their business and lead to measurable financial implications.”

Mary finds it “really exciting to see historically carbon intensive industries coming to us and saying, ‘We know we should act on climate, but, actually, we are excited to do it, too.’ There’s been a thrilling cultural shift in just the last five years.

“And for smaller businesses, these shifts are important, too. Being aware of changing consumer preferences and being more focused on sustainability gives them the opportunities to be more climate resilient while improving profitability and feeling secure about their future.”

That a-ha moment

“The climate crisis presents a fundamental systemic risk to our financial system, so honestly, my highlights are those small interactions with clients. I love those a-ha moments when they realise being committed to climate is in their best interest, both socially and as a business.

“Realising it’s not just ticking a box but a way of fundamentally limiting their exposure to risk… it’s kind of transformative.”

A fantastic read

“Elizabeth Kolbert’s Under a White Sky is a beautiful, accessible read about climate. She macro-frames case studies to ask big questions like What are we doing to the planet? What are the ethical implications of geo-engineering? What choices must we make to have a future compatible with life as we know it? Are we prepared to make these choices, or have we already made them?

“It’s takes a narrative lens to a very complex problem and breaks it down into accessible pieces – highly recommend.”

When we hit net zero

“Climate change is an intergenerational project. I feel like my generation’s task is to do our bit in whatever ways we can to move towards a world that will be compatible with human life and wellbeing for everyone for the long term, and then pass the baton.

“In the absence of some game-changing technologies, once we hit net zero, we have to maintain it forever. This is why climate change represents such a huge shift in how businesses conceptualise risk and resiliency – and why the work that we’re doing to support our clients on these questions is so exciting.

“We’re at an inflection point where businesses are being asked to be part of a bigger movement to achieve an outcome we can all be comfortable with. With everyone working together and the necessary funding for innovation, hopefully we don’t have a restricted, austere future. We all deserve the opportunity to dig for clams with our bare feet in clean harbours and eat rare steak once in a while.”

Mary growing up by the sea

Meet the others

We hope you enjoyed finding out a bit more about Mary. Our climate team are here to help you, so please get in touch if you’d like to find out more. And if you’d like to meet the others, please keep reading below. We’ll introduce you to new people every month.

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