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Jonathon Porritt, Co-Founder and Programme Director of Forum for the Future, is an eminent writer, broadcaster and commentator on sustainable development. Established in 1996, Forum for the Future is now the UK’s leading sustainable development charity, with 70 staff and over 100 partner organisations, including some of the world’s leading companies.Jonathon was appointed by the Prime Minister as Chairman of the UK Sustainable Development Commission in July 2000. This is the Government’s principal source of independent advice across the whole sustainable development agenda. In addition, he has been a member of the Board of the South West Regional Development Agency since December 1999, and is Co-Director of The Prince of Wales’s Business and Environment Programme which runs Senior Executives’ Seminars in Cambridge, Salzburg, South Africa and the USA. In 2005 he became a Non-Executive Director of Wessex Water, and a Trustee of the Ashden Awards for Sustainable Energy. He is also Vice-President of the Socialist Environment Resources Association (SERA).

He was formerly Director of Friends of the Earth (1984-90); co-chair of the Green Party (1980-83) of which he is still a member; chairman of UNED-UK (1993-96); chairman of Sustainability South West, the South West Round Table for Sustainable Development (1999-2001); a Trustee of WWF UK (1991-2005).

Blog posts by Jonathon Porritt

Failing Better

May 21st, 2015 by Jonathon Porritt

The air is still thick with the poignant wisps of personal political failure – after one of the most extraordinary General Elections of the modern era.Failure of that kind is all the more cruel when it is entirely unexpected, and although many Lib Dem MPs knew that there was going to be some kind of a...

The Green Party on Poverty

May 2nd, 2015 by Jonathon Porritt

Caroline Lucas and Natalie Bennett, Green Party Leader, did a really good job in their interviews with Russell Brand. The only thing I was disappointed by was that they weren’t able to make a stronger case (to a man who makes a big deal of his fight against the super-rich and over-privileged) for one...

The Beginning of the End of the Age of Coal

April 27th, 2015 by Jonathon Porritt

My good friend Walt Patterson has just written (and self-published) a new book. I really enjoyed it – and happily endorsed it:read more

Supporting Caroline Lucas

April 25th, 2015 by Jonathon Porritt

I’m down in Brighton this weekend to support the campaign of Caroline Lucas. To state the obvious, if Caroline is not re-elected in Brighton Pavilion, it would be a significant blow to the Green Party as a whole: there are few individual politicians of similar stature and integrity anywhere across the ...

Green Party has no cause to feel bad about its campaigning on climate change

April 24th, 2015 by Jonathon Porritt

I was in Cambridge last night, with the Cambridge Young Greens, to support Rupert Read, the Green Party’s candidate in Cambridge.Given the coverage in the Independent yesterday, I ended up defending the Green Party against the full-on attack by eminent climate scientist (based in Cambridge) Peter Wadhams. He...

Getting Real about Palm Oil

April 22nd, 2015 by Jonathon Porritt

For me, 2015 is turning out to be the Year of the Oil Palm.It’s already more than a year since I took on the role of chairing the Steering Committee for the High Carbon Stock Study, at the invitation of both Unilever and Sime Darby, two of Forum for the Future’s biggest Partners. It’s been a year of ro...

Green Votes for a Green MP

April 21st, 2015 by Jonathon Porritt

Environmentalists often worry about casting their vote for Green Party candidates, on the grounds that it’s likely to be a ‘wasted’ vote in our first-past-the-post system.But one constituency where it indisputably will not be a wasted vote is in Brighton, Pavilion, where Green MP Caroline Lucas is see...

Looking After Mother

April 16th, 2015 by Jonathon Porritt

Time for another loud bang on the population drum – to celebrate the arrival of a new and excellent film with the simple title, ‘Mother’.It lasts just over an hour. For You Tubers, that’s going to seem like a lifetime. But I hope they/you stick with it – not least because all the best stuff (based on ...

Getting to Grips with Ben van Beurden

April 14th, 2015 by Jonathon Porritt

Sorry if it’s beginning to look as if I’m engaged in something of a vendetta against Mr Ben van Beurden, the Chief Executive of Shell. But for all sorts of reasons he seems to have placed himself at the epicentre of the debate about what some have called ‘the Great Transition’: that inevitable, world-shak...

What's More, Nuclear Power is NOT a Source of Low-Carbon Electricity

March 10th, 2015 by Jonathon Porritt

For those who dutifully followed the trail of my anti-nuclear invective yesterday, you may perhaps, even now, despite the weight and depth of the arguments against nuclear power, have come to the reluctant conclusion that we still need more...