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
July 26th, 2016 by Jonathon Porritt
There’s one constant thread running through the post-Brexit chaos: if ever there was a time to bring people together to help transform our corrupted and dysfunctional political system, through some kind of progressive alliance, this has to be it.read more...
July 24th, 2016 by Jonathon Porritt
To be honest, the last month has been just about the most depressing month in my whole political life, though I would probably have to admit to blanking a couple of Election results during that time!So there’s obviously only one way to deal with any residual blues: help get some new political energy ...
July 1st, 2016 by Jonathon Porritt
Still dark days, as the accursed consequences of the Brexit debate continue to unfold.SO HERE’S AN OPPORTUNITY TO CHEER YOURSELF UP!read more
June 27th, 2016 by Jonathon Porritt
For a couple of hours on Friday morning, for the first time ever, I felt old. At the age of 65 (nearly 66!), I am old, but I’ve never actually felt old.read more
June 22nd, 2016 by Jonathon Porritt
Of all the activities the Forum announced when we launched 20 years ago, it was our intention to work with business that attracted the most interest.read more
June 21st, 2016 by Jonathon Porritt
It’s hard to believe that the single most important decision that the citizens of the UK have been asked to make in a very, very long time, may all come down to two imponderable questions.The first is about turnout on the day. There are still a huge number of people who are undecided in one way or ano...
June 16th, 2016 by Jonathon Porritt
It’s uncomfortable having to think back to 1996. At that time, there was still a real sense of hope that the agreements stuck at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, four years earlier, could still translate rapidly into real change on the ground. Unfortunately, that hope proved groundless.read more...
June 1st, 2016 by Jonathon Porritt
Still barely a mention about the environment in the Referendum campaign – just another reminder that these issues still have very little cut-through in UK politics. Beyond the debate about climate change (which, to be fair, does get some cut-through, though rarely in ways that would be desirable), it’s...
May 27th, 2016 by Jonathon Porritt
Just back from a visit to the slightly scary cities of the American south-west – Phoenix and Tucson.read more
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...