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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

Equal Pay in the World of Sustainability?

April 15th, 2014 by Jonathon Porritt

I’ve spent my entire adult life working with others in the world of sustainability. And although there have inevitably been some ‘bad uns’ amongst them, it’s hard to imagine a better peer group to have been part of – by and large!So it’s always somewhat shocking to discover, on occasions, that it’s a w...

DECC - Getting it Right

April 10th, 2014 by Jonathon Porritt

When it comes to decisions regarding sustainable energy, spot the pattern here in terms of understanding DECC dynamics:read more

The Conservation Volunteers Has A New President!

April 4th, 2014 by Jonathon Porritt

So here’s a new thing in my life: I’ve just become President of The Conservation Volunteers (Press Release attached).Not completely new, mind you. I’ve been a Vice President for many years (when it was called The British Trust for Conservation Volunteers!), and have always been keen to support its l...

#WholeWorldWater!

March 24th, 2014 by Jonathon Porritt

Saturday was World Water Day. I spent some of the weekend tracking coverage of all the different initiatives promoting and supporting WWD. For instance, Yahoo did a brilliant little film dropping the two OOs from the end of their logo to get people to imagine what their world would be like without H2O.re...

Population: Still the Big Taboo

February 26th, 2014 by Jonathon Porritt

I’ve been pre-occupied with the overlap between population and the environment ever since I read the Ecologist’s ‘Blueprint for Survival’ in the early 1970s. I’ve campaigned assiduously for progressive family planning programmes since that time on, just as I have for environmental and social justice issu...

Greening The Recovery

February 25th, 2014 by Jonathon Porritt

I’m not quite sure when academics and activists first identified “The Green Economy” as a “coming priority” – at least 25 years ago, I suspect, in the run up to the Earth Summit in 1992.Since then, the Green Economy has come and gone, as a political issue, more times than I care to remember.read mor...

Forum for the Future’s MA: Still Setting the Pace

February 21st, 2014 by Jonathon Porritt

My Forum colleagues are on the hunt again for smart, committed graduates who are already passionate about sustainability, and are working out how to make the best possible use of their skills and energy to help build a more sustainable world. And there’s nowhere better to do that than through Forum’s Master...

The New Politics of Climate Change

February 18th, 2014 by Jonathon Porritt

There is now a distinct possibility that the recent flooding and extreme weather will transform the politics of climate change here in the UK.That may seem like a pretty dodgy prediction – given that the polls would seem to indicate, right now, that around 50% of people in the UK are still not persuad...

Connections….. and Reconnections @Findhorn

February 13th, 2014 by Jonathon Porritt

So how exactly do you find the time to do some of that “stop and think” processing that is so important to sustainability practitioners? Is “reflection” what you do the second before you fall asleep? And how do you find time to keep up to speed with new ideas?I was thinking about all these questions on ...