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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

As the Government Steps Back, the NUS Steps Up!

November 29th, 2015 by Jonathon Porritt

Here’s a rather staggering statistic: UK universities produce one world leader in every 50,000 graduates!I have to admit that I wasn’t aware of that improbably impressive contribution to global leadership four years ago, when I was thinking a lot about the role of students in helping to accelerate our ...

Living Well Within Planetary Boundaries

November 18th, 2015 by Jonathon Porritt

By far the biggest boundary we have to transcend today is our compulsion to keep on transcending boundaries!Over the last 40 years, I’ve collected any number of definitions of sustainable development. One of my favourites is this: ‘To live on Planet Earth as if we were planning to live there forever.’...

FiFo - Fish-In, Fish-Out

November 14th, 2015 by Jonathon Porritt

Global food security is all about sourcing enough protein, on a genuinely sustainable basis, for a population in excess of nine billion people in the second half of this century. There’s now an increasingly lively debate about the balance between protein from plants, protein from meat and dairy, and ...

Modi ('Solar Champion') versus Cameron (Solar Dunderhead)

November 13th, 2015 by Jonathon Porritt

If anyone needed confirmation that this Government’s energy strategy is terminally, irretrievably incoherent, just check out this press release from the Solar Trade Association:'The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, today will sign £10billion worth of trade deals today including pacts on aircr...

The Third Industrial Revolution

November 13th, 2015 by Jonathon Porritt

Confronted with the implacable details of today’s climate science, we draw comfort as best we may from the thinnest of thin pickings. That’s certainly how it is with COP21, the so-called ‘last chance saloon’ for world leaders to come up with a political response commensurate with the science. Apparently...

#KeepItClean !

November 3rd, 2015 by Jonathon Porritt

Check out the new #KeepItClean campaign from Salt Magazine: -  a series of open letters and videos urging George Osborne to reinstate support for clean more...

Meltdown for Pro-Nuclear Environmentalists

October 19th, 2015 by Jonathon Porritt

I wonder what our pro-nuclear greenies will be thinking this week as they listen to President Xi Jinping and George Osborne bombastically declaring ‘a new nuclear dawn for the UK’. I hope they’ll be feeling as ashamed as they should more...

Hinkley C: 'The Most Expensive White Elephant in British History'

October 15th, 2015 by Jonathon Porritt

The latest instalment in George Osborne’s personally-authored potboiler, the Hinkley Point F***** (think ‘Fiasco’!) will be published sometime around October 20th to mark the visit of Chinese President Xi more...

Students Organising for Sustainability: Old and New

October 13th, 2015 by Jonathon Porritt

I nipped down to the Eden Centre on Friday last week. All these years on, it still makes such an impact – and it was brilliant to hear from the wonderful Tim Smit that the Eden Project he’s been trying to get off the ground in China is about to get off the ground for real! And because it’s China, with 1....

Paris 2015: The Spirit Moves On

October 12th, 2015 by Jonathon Porritt

It’s now four months since I first mentioned the People’s Pilgrimage, and its charismatic inspiration Yeb Saño, the former Climate Ambassador for the Philippines (@yebsano on Twitter).read more...