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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

University League Tables: What Really Counts?

August 25th, 2016 by Jonathon Porritt

Last week was just about the most anxiety-inducing in the entire year for UK universities, waiting nervously to see how well they had done in the increasingly important ‘competition’ for students, hedged in as they are by ever greater pressure on core funding.read more...

When it Comes to Bribery, Nothing Can Match the Nuclear Industry

August 21st, 2016 by Jonathon Porritt

It doesn’t take long for the shine to go off a newly-appointed Prime Minister, does it? Yesterday’s obesity anti-strategy was a disgrace – and apparently all down to Theresa May herself, for fear of causing potential economic difficulties by stopping food companies poisoning children with excessive (ie very...

Hinkley Point, Greg Clark and the Fate of the Nation

August 4th, 2016 by Jonathon Porritt

On Friday last week, within a few hours of Greg Clark (Secretary of State at the new Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) announcing that the UK Government would be reviewing the whole Hinkley Point situation, the Times came out with a thoroughly damning indictment of the Hinkley ...

A Progressive Alliance: Laying the Foundations

July 26th, 2016 by Jonathon Porritt

There’s one constant thread running through the post-Brexit chaos: if ever there was a time to bring people together to help transform our corrupted and dysfunctional political system, through some kind of progressive alliance, this has to be it.read more...

More United

July 24th, 2016 by Jonathon Porritt

To be honest, the last month has been just about the most depressing month in my whole political life, though I would probably have to admit to blanking a couple of Election results during that time!So there’s obviously only one way to deal with any residual blues: help get some new political energy ...

M&S Energy Society

July 1st, 2016 by Jonathon Porritt

Still dark days, as the accursed consequences of the Brexit debate continue to unfold.SO HERE’S AN OPPORTUNITY TO CHEER YOURSELF UP!read more

The Power of Redemptive Anger

June 27th, 2016 by Jonathon Porritt

For a couple of hours on Friday morning, for the first time ever, I felt old. At the age of 65 (nearly 66!), I am old, but I’ve never actually felt old.read more

The Undecided ... and the Death of Jo Cox

June 21st, 2016 by Jonathon Porritt

It’s hard to believe that the single most important decision that the citizens of the UK have been asked to make in a very, very long time, may all come down to two imponderable questions.The first is about turnout on the day. There are still a huge number of people who are undecided in one way or ano...

20 Years On: Good Progress, but Must Do Better!

June 16th, 2016 by Jonathon Porritt

It’s uncomfortable having to think back to 1996. At that time, there was still a real sense of hope that the agreements stuck at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, four years earlier, could still translate rapidly into real change on the ground. Unfortunately, that hope proved groundless.read more...