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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

Quitting the EU would be a weird way of Protecting the English Countryside!

May 9th, 2016 by Jonathon Porritt

It felt like a little bit of a Lion’s Den challenge, but addressing the AGM of Gloucestershire CPRE turned out to be a very pleasant occasion – not least because I couldn’t help but be charmed by the full-on energy of a beautiful Spring day, the delights of a wonderful venue (Stowell Park), and the unfa...

'Resurgence': Sharing our Views of the World

April 26th, 2016 by Jonathon Porritt

Imagine that Resurgence didn’t exist. Imagine that you and a group of like-minded colleagues decided that the world badly needed a new publication that would have a number of critical ingredients: topical sustainability updates, campaigning news, an uncompromising spiritual orientation, regular artic...

‘We Are Europe’ Goes Live Today!

April 26th, 2016 by Jonathon Porritt

Readers of this blog will know that I’m pretty passionate about doing what I can to ensure a Yes to Europe vote on June 23rd! And the most important thing I’m doing in that regard is ‘We Are Europe’.The game plan behind We Are Europe is incredible simple:read more...

Obama right on climate change and right on Europe

April 22nd, 2016 by Jonathon Porritt

This Friday will mark a memorable moment in the history of climate diplomacy. It’s when the world comes together in New York to sign up to the climate agreement agreed in Paris at the end of last year. Over 150 nations, including over 60 Heads of State, will confirm their determination to start properly g...

Charity Commission has Second Thoughts

March 24th, 2016 by Jonathon Porritt

No sooner had I finished off the blog posted earlier today, than I heard from Friends of the Earth that the Charity Commission had decided to reissue its guidance to charities on campaigning around the EU Referendum.Instead of trying to bully them into remaining silent through the campaign, the latest ‘upg...

So Who's Gagging the Eco Movement on the EU Referendum?

March 24th, 2016 by Jonathon Porritt

Here’s a statistic worth dwelling on: at least 80,000 lives a year have been saved because of the higher air quality standards imposed by the EU, often in the teeth of strong opposition from individual Member more...

Climate Let-down Down Under

March 16th, 2016 by Jonathon Porritt

Even for a sympathetic observer from the UK, the politics of climate change in Australia is, to say the least, vexatious. But it’s now entering a more critical phase than ever before. The mismatch between the conclusions of the Paris Agreement in December last year and the failure of Australia’s politi...

Beware the March of the Authoritarians!

March 15th, 2016 by Jonathon Porritt

Bit by bit, the true authoritarianism of this Government is revealing itself.Way back in 2011, in what now feels like the good old days, myself and Bethan Harris (a colleague in Forum for the Future) did some serious research into what we described as ‘the creeping illiberalism’ of the Coalition Government – no...