Sir Jonathon Porritt CBE

Sir Jonathon Porritt CBE

Founding Director, Forum for the Future

Synopsis

Jonathon believes the effect of global warming will be felt sooner than many anticipate; but he refutes the case for nuclear as the solution to energy needs. As in his latest book, The World We Made, Jonathon sets out his vision of a sustainable planet. With clean technology and a fairer model of economic growth, he sees it as a dynamic and aspirational place to be: “It’s clear that we’ll never be able to scare people into living more sustainably.”

Biography

Described by Tony Blair as ‘one of the most prominent voices promoting green issues over the last twenty five years’, Jonathon Porritt is a passionate and effective environmental campaigner. First in the Green Party, then as Director of Friends of the Earth, he has raised public awareness and swayed government and business thinking.

Jonathon is a former chair of the board of commissioners of the Sustainable Development Commission. As the Government’s independent adviser, they produce evidence-based public reports on contentious environmental, social and economic issues, such as nuclear power. Drawing on expert opinion, they advise key Ministers, policy-makers and stakeholders across Government.

The emphasis in much of Jonathon’s work is on the solution rather than the problem, encouraging and multiplying examples of best environmental practice wherever possible. His criticism of politicians and other decision-makers remains as trenchant as ever. As co-founder and Programme Director of Forum for the Future, the UK’s leading sustainable development charity, he is committed to reaching out to as wide an audience as possible, from activists and schoolchildren to business people and scientists.

Jonathon’s books include Seeing Green, Save the Earth and How to Save the Earth, which became a Channel 4 series. His most recent book, Capitalism As If The World Matters, explores working with existing capitalist structures to solve environmental problems. Jonathon regularly contributes to radio, television and print media.

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