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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

Sharing the "New Story"

October 13th, 2014 by Jonathon Porritt

It’s a long time since I’ve spent a whole week at a conference or event. Bizarrely, life just seems to get even more frantic as I get older, with the available time sliced and allocated in ever more parsimonious packages. So how can I account for spending a week at the recent ‘New Story Summit’ in Findhor...

ClimateCare’s Queen’s Award

October 8th, 2014 by Jonathon Porritt

I spent a very happy morning in Oxford yesterday, chairing a little seminar for ClimateCare on its plans through to 2020, and then celebrating the presentation of the Queen’s Award for Enterprise!read more...


October 7th, 2014 by Jonathon Porritt

It’s a big day today. The new platform,, goes live!In some respects, this is the end point of a process that started for me more than three and a half years ago back in 2011, when I began work on “The World We Made”. Off the back of the book, I did a little sustainable innovation...


September 29th, 2014 by Jonathon Porritt

As if it wasn’t bad enough for the BBC to have been fingered as a Fox News lookalike earlier in the year for providing endless platforms for climate change deniers , they’re now caught up in another unholy ‘bias row’ – accused this time as a not-so-secret mouthpiece for the nuclear more...

Crunching the low-carbon numbers

September 23rd, 2014 by Jonathon Porritt

One of the most frustrating aspects of having to listen to climate change sceptics banging on is their profound economic illiteracy. Anything to do with sustainable energy solutions (renewables, efficiency, smart grids etc) is automatically trashed as being massively expensive, detrimental to the interests...

New Commitments from Palm Oil Companies

September 19th, 2014 by Jonathon Porritt

There was an important development on the palm oil front yesterday.• Back in January, five of the big palm oil producers (including Sime Darby, one of Forum For The Future’s Partner companies), plus Unilever, issued the Sustainable Palm Oil Manifesto.• One of the commitments in the Manifesto was to ...

Philanthropists and Foundations: Getting Their Climate Act Together

September 17th, 2014 by Jonathon Porritt

On Monday, a whole page ad appeared in the International New York Times, calling on the world’s philanthropic Trusts and Foundations to start getting their act together on climate change. This is what it said:“Aghast that the Earth is heading for 4 to 6 degrees Celsius of global warming, given current ...

Population: Passing on the Baton

September 12th, 2014 by Jonathon Porritt

I’ve been tracking the population debate for the best part of 40 years. So how come I’d never heard of Professor Albert Bartlett before?Al Bartlett died last year, at the age of 90, after a lifetime teaching Physics at the University of Colorado, and strenuously advocating zero population growth and environm...

A Solar Revolution - the positive impact of solar power around the world

September 9th, 2014 by Jonathon Porritt

One of the very first big pieces of research that Forum for the Future conducted was for BP in the late 1990s, looking at the prospects for the growth of solar PV in the UK; BP had its own solar business in those days. Prospects were good, we argued, just depending on the speed with which costs in manufa...