Described by Tony Blair as 'one of the most prominent voices promoting green issues over the last twenty five years', Jonathan 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 alike.
Jonathon stood down as chairman of the UK Sustainable Development Commission in July 2009 after nine years. As the Government's independent adviser, the Commission produced evidence-based public reports on contentious environmental, social and economic issues, such as nuclear power. Drawing on expert opinion, they still advise key Ministers, policy-makers and stakeholders across Government.
In addition, he is co-director of The Prince of Wales's Business and Environment Programme which runs Seminars for senior executives around the world. He is a non-executive director of Wessex Water, and of Willmott Dixon Holdings. He is a trustee of the Ashden Awards for Sustainable Energy, and is involved in the work of many NGOs and charities as patron, chair or special adviser.
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 latest books are Capitalism As If The World Matters (Earthscan, revised 2007), Globalism & Regionalism (Black Dog 2008) and Living Within Our Means (Forum for the Future 2009).
Jonathon received a CBE in January 2000 for services to environmental protection and he regularly contributes to radio, television and print media.