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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

The Nuclear Industry Today: Declining but not Dying

August 26th, 2014 by Jonathon Porritt

Every year, the World Nuclear Industry Status Report reminds me why those in the Green movement who think nuclear has a major role to play in securing a low-carbon world are completely, dangerously off their collective more...

Different Visions Of The Future

August 21st, 2014 by Jonathon Porritt

I’ve just finished reading a little tract by Naomi Oreskes and Erik Conway called “The Collapse of Western Civilisation: a View from the Future”. Not a very cheery title! And a deeply depressing take on where we are today in terms of both politics and the science of climate change.And that’s obviousl...

California, Drought and some Crazy Politics

August 18th, 2014 by Jonathon Porritt

There’s this crazy American billionaire called Tim Draper, who’s currently spending tens of billions of dollars on raising signatures amongst the voters of California to hold a referendum on splitting their state in 6 – in effect, to add another five states to the existing 50 states. So far he claim...

Lords of the Flies

July 28th, 2014 by Jonathon Porritt

Good news on the maggot front!read more

A Tale of Solar Panels, Crazy Planners and a Threat to Future Generations!

July 18th, 2014 by Jonathon Porritt

It’s impossible for me to get involved in each and every planning dispute that people ask me about – there are so many!But the one I am inviting you to delve into right now is so egregiously fantastical as to warrant your attention! (See blog from Paula Owen)As to the characters involved:James Skinner is an...

World Population Day: So What?

July 14th, 2014 by Jonathon Porritt

It was World Population Day on Friday. I don’t know why 11th July was been chosen as World Population Day, but given that we can’t really have World Population Day every day for 365 days of the year, I guess one day out of 365 is marginally better than no days at all out of more...

Sustainable Palm Oil: Another Step Along the Road

July 10th, 2014 by Jonathon Porritt

In the highly controversial world of palm oil and its impact on the world’s forests, a rather important thing happened on Tuesday. But I very much doubt that you will have heard much about it in the more...

Telling Cameron: Get Behind Solar!

July 7th, 2014 by Jonathon Porritt

This is my last word on solar issues – for a bit!One hundred and fifty businesses have joined forces to deliver a letter to David Cameron today – simply to urge him to support the UK solar industry. And there’s an incredibly powerful message wrapped up in that: if they get the support right now, it will m...

Solar in Africa

July 5th, 2014 by Jonathon Porritt

This is a kind-of PS to my blog yesterday on Solar Independence Day, simply to share with you the latest inspiring update from Jeremy Leggett of SolarAid / SunnyMoney fame.His success on the ground across Africa provides ample cause for launching a new campaign to KILL KEROSENE – with kerosene still th...