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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

Resurgence/The Ecologist: the latest issue

August 25th, 2015 by Jonathon Porritt

A packed issue of Resurgence/The Ecologist for September/October, including Philip Pullman on William Blake, Vandana Shiva on the impact of industrial farming practices on Indian farmers - and my review of two recent books, by Tony Juniper and Dieter Helm: http://www.resurgence.org/ ...

Poverty, Palm Oil and Protecting the Forests

August 20th, 2015 by Jonathon Porritt

I’m just back from Gabon and Liberia – first time I’ve ever been in these countries. I was there to understand better what the idea of ‘sustainable palm oil’ might mean in that part of the world, and came away both excited at the potential for both countries, and even more uneasy with the absolutism o...

The Hypocrisy at the Heart of Today's Food Security Debate

July 24th, 2015 by Jonathon Porritt

On David Attenborough’s 89th birthday this May, he somehow found himself in conversation with Barack Obama. And a rather strange conversation it was too, with the President of the United States somehow more in awe of David Attenborough than the other way round!read more...

'The World We Made' - Amplifying the Upside

July 14th, 2015 by Jonathon Porritt

It gets weirder and weirder sitting here in the UK watching our Government systematically destroy the UK renewables industry, knowing that in almost every other country all the signals for the alternative renewables / efficiency / storage model are stronger than ever.read more...

The Slow but Assured Death of UK Renewables

July 13th, 2015 by Jonathon Porritt

Things go from bad to worse on the renewable energy front.1.  Even those who are accustomed to George Osborne’s hostility to the renewables industry were astonished by his announcement in the Budget on Wednesday that renewable energy would no longer be exempt from the Climate Change Levy – this bein...

Some Ethical Challenges in the Built Environment

July 3rd, 2015 by Jonathon Porritt

Cracking discussion on Monday at a seminar organised by the Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment UCL – ‘Practising Ethics in Built Environment Research’.read more...

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, ...