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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

Looking After Mother

April 16th, 2015 by Jonathon Porritt

Time for another loud bang on the population drum – to celebrate the arrival of a new and excellent film with the simple title, ‘Mother’.It lasts just over an hour. For You Tubers, that’s going to seem like a lifetime. But I hope they/you stick with it – not least because all the best stuff (based on ...

Getting to Grips with Ben van Beurden

April 14th, 2015 by Jonathon Porritt

Sorry if it’s beginning to look as if I’m engaged in something of a vendetta against Mr Ben van Beurden, the Chief Executive of Shell. But for all sorts of reasons he seems to have placed himself at the epicentre of the debate about what some have called ‘the Great Transition’: that inevitable, world-shak...

What's More, Nuclear Power is NOT a Source of Low-Carbon Electricity

March 10th, 2015 by Jonathon Porritt

For those who dutifully followed the trail of my anti-nuclear invective yesterday, you may perhaps, even now, despite the weight and depth of the arguments against nuclear power, have come to the reluctant conclusion that we still need more...

Eric Pickles: Arch Enemy of Sustainability

March 5th, 2015 by Jonathon Porritt

I’ve come to the conclusion that of all the Enemies of Sustainability in this wretched Government, Eric Pickles may well be the worst of the lot. I’ve been tracking his increasingly hostile, irrational interventions over a number of years, and I’m forced to conclude that our Secretary of State at the D...

Shell’s Moral Muddles

March 2nd, 2015 by Jonathon Porritt

My friend Jeremy Leggett caused a bit of a stir recently by predicting that one of the big oil majors would, before the end of the year, ‘do an E.ON’, imitating what E.ON did by splitting itself into ‘LegacyOilCo’ – with a portfolio of gradually wasting hydrocarbon assets – and ‘BeyondOilCo’ – with a ...

Pope's Words the Height of Irresponsibility

February 27th, 2015 by Jonathon Porritt

Pity poor old Ryan MacDonald, a 21-year-old Masters student from Derby. On hearing that he’d been selected as one of five Brits to go through to the next stage of selecting the team to go to Mars in 2024, Ryan MacDonald said:“The most important thing to do in life is to leave a legacy. A lot of people do ...

Naomi Klein: This Changes Everything

December 23rd, 2014 by Jonathon Porritt

This is one of the most important books I’ve read for a long time. It’s authoritatively researched, absolutely ‘on the front line’ of the politics of climate change today, profound in its analysis of contemporary capitalism, and hugely impactful in terms of laying out the implications of that kind of ...

Shock Horror! Tories and Lib Dems Don’t Agree about the Economy

December 11th, 2014 by Jonathon Porritt

I can’t deny that it’s highly entertaining watching the Coalition Government energetically tearing itself to pieces over the future of the economy. You’ve just got to laugh out loud at the wounded indignation of Danny Alexander suddenly waking up to the fact that his ‘close colleague’ at the Treasury...

Some friendly advice for the Secretary of State

November 26th, 2014 by Jonathon Porritt

Summon into your mind, for a moment, the image of a deeply perplexed Ed Davey, late at night, deep in thought, sitting there behind his Secretary of State’s desk in the Department of Energy and Climate Change, staring down at a single large number in a memo from his Permanent Secretary.Strictly confident...