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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

A Tale of Solar Panels, Crazy Planners and a Threat to Future Generations!

July 18th, 2014 by Jonathon Porritt

It’s impossible for me to get involved in each and every planning dispute that people ask me about – there are so many!But the one I am inviting you to delve into right now is so egregiously fantastical as to warrant your attention! (See blog from Paula Owen)As to the characters involved:James Skinner is an...

World Population Day: So What?

July 14th, 2014 by Jonathon Porritt

It was World Population Day on Friday. I don’t know why 11th July was been chosen as World Population Day, but given that we can’t really have World Population Day every day for 365 days of the year, I guess one day out of 365 is marginally better than no days at all out of 365.read more...

Sustainable Palm Oil: Another Step Along the Road

July 10th, 2014 by Jonathon Porritt

In the highly controversial world of palm oil and its impact on the world’s forests, a rather important thing happened on Tuesday. But I very much doubt that you will have heard much about it in the media.read more...

Telling Cameron: Get Behind Solar!

July 7th, 2014 by Jonathon Porritt

This is my last word on solar issues – for a bit!One hundred and fifty businesses have joined forces to deliver a letter to David Cameron today – simply to urge him to support the UK solar industry. And there’s an incredibly powerful message wrapped up in that: if they get the support right now, it will m...

Solar in Africa

July 5th, 2014 by Jonathon Porritt

This is a kind-of PS to my blog yesterday on Solar Independence Day, simply to share with you the latest inspiring update from Jeremy Leggett of SolarAid / SunnyMoney fame.His success on the ground across Africa provides ample cause for launching a new campaign to KILL KEROSENE – with kerosene still th...

Why do Ed and Greg hate solar energy?

July 4th, 2014 by Jonathon Porritt

Today is Solar Independence Day. And I feel angry – at this Government’s incomprehensible failure to seize hold of the opportunity to promote the UK’s solar industry as one of the best ways of ensuring a low-carbon, secure, sustainable energy system for our country. Really angry.read more...

Urban Bloody Seagulls

June 30th, 2014 by Jonathon Porritt

Seagulls are much on my mind at the moment. Urban bloody seagulls! Of which we would appear to have a huge number in Cheltenham, many of which would appear to like nothing more than starting their day (at around 4am) in the immediate vicinity of our house. And I have to admit that I would be prepared to ...

Farm Animals in the Bigger System

June 12th, 2014 by Jonathon Porritt

“The problem about sustainability is that it’s all about systems thinking. And the modern world just doesn’t do systems thinking – whether you’re talking science, policy-making, health, education – or anything else that matters, for that matter!”read more...

Less of the Brands. More of the Public Policy

June 5th, 2014 by Jonathon Porritt

If you segment ‘the history of the modern environment movement’ over the last 45 years, (seen through the lens of my governance triangle – see below), there would be three main stages.The first stage was mostly about national governments instigating a massive roll out of environmental regulation, urged on ...