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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

Palm Oil and Deforestation: Moving Things On

June 25th, 2015 by Jonathon Porritt

Last week, after nearly a year’s work, the High Carbon Stock Steering Committee (of which I’m the Co-Chair) issued its Draft Synthesis Report for consultation.At one level, our Report is all about a simple tale of trying to reconcile two conflicting imperatives:IMPERATIVE 1Minimise (and, where possible, ...

The Power of Sustainable Energy For All

June 18th, 2015 by Jonathon Porritt

Kandeh Yumkella is the inspirational leader of the UN’s Sustainable Energy 4 All campaign. On Thursday last week, he gave the keynote speech to the 2015 Ashden Awards.read more...

The People's Pilgrimage Gets Under Way

June 7th, 2015 by Jonathon Porritt

The People’s Pilgrimage kicked off today!This is a truly brilliant idea:“In the coming months, up to December’s climate meeting in Paris, people of faith will show their concern about climate change by walking to places they care about. They will also be fasting for climate, and praying, chanting an...

Nick Stern: 'Why Are We Waiting?' Why Indeed?!

June 3rd, 2015 by Jonathon Porritt

Very few people command as much respect in the highly disputatious world of climate change as Nick Stern – Lord Stern to me and you. His blockbuster ‘Review’ in 2006 not only established the baseline for all subsequent economic analysis in this field, but set him off on a decade’s worth of climate di...

Wellbeing in the Natural World

June 2nd, 2015 by Jonathon Porritt

It would be great if World Environment Day 2015 focussed not just on ‘the environment out there’, but on us in the environment out there. Walking, working, reflecting, relaxing, dreaming and drawing down on the power of the natural world to make us feel better, feel more engaged. It is, after all, a...

Ashden UK Finalists: Inspiration for a New Government

June 1st, 2015 by Jonathon Porritt

New Government; new Ministers in DECC; new opportunities.Which makes it a brilliant time for Ashden to be promoting all its UK Award winners, not just celebrating their success, but inviting those new Ministers in DECC to embrace the world of talent here in the UK to help deliver on our ambitions for low ...

The Pope's Climate Campaign

May 30th, 2015 by Jonathon Porritt

This is not the first time I’ve blogged about the Pope, and I’m nervous about bigging him up too much given my views on family planning and women’s rights. But as a growing and already hugely inspirational presence in our environmental world, there’s so much to admire about what this man is saying and ...