Jonathon Porritt

Our Post-Pandemic Future

Jonathon Porritt will be exploring what our post-pandemic future could look like from a sustainability perspective, focusing particularly on the Climate Emergency and creating a just transition to a low-carbon world.

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About Jonathon Porritt

“There is so much we still have to learn from the coronavirus crisis, as our economies start to ‘build back better’. We have a wonderful opportunity to only put back into our lives that which makes our lives worth living – including clean air, a breathing space for nature, and an extraordinary sense of solidarity and compassion for other people – we certainly don’t need another disaster to be our better selves. But the biggest opportunity of all will be to push through support programmes that will help to dramatically decarbonise our economy – in terms of transport, energy, the build environment, food and farming and so on.”

Jonathon Porritt, Co-Founder of Forum for the Future, is an eminent writer, broadcaster and campaigner on sustainable development.

Established in 1996, Forum for the Future is now a leading international sustainable development charity. Jonathon is the independent Sustainability Advisor for Sime Darby Plantation and Chair of Air New Zealand’s International Advisory Panel. In 2017, Jonathon received Ethical Corporation’s Lifetime Achievement Award at the Responsible Business Awards. The Award honoured the individual that the judging panel, editors, contributors and Advisory Board felt had dedicated their career to corporate responsibility and sustainability, had a track record of success, and had been a catalyst for real, proven change.

In addition, Jonathon is President of The Conservation Volunteers, a Non-Executive Director of Willmott Dixon Holdings, and a Director of Collectively (an online platform celebrating sustainable innovation). He is involved in the work of many NGOs and charities as Patron, Chair or Special Adviser.

Jonathon 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; a Trustee of WWF UK (1991-2005); and a member of the Board of the South West Regional Development Agency (1999-2008), a Trustee of Ashden (until 2020). He stood down as Chair of the UK Sustainable Development Commission in July 2009, after nine years providing high-level advice to Government Ministers.

Jonathon became the Chancellor of Keele University in February 2012.

His latest book, Hope in Hell, a powerful ‘call to action’ on the Climate Emergency will be published by Simon & Schuster at the end of June. His previous books include Capitalism As If The World Matters (Earthscan, revised 2007); ‘The World We Made’ (Phaidon 2013), providing a positive vision of how we get to be living in a fair and sustainable world in 2050.

Jonathon received a CBE in January 2000 for services to environmental protection.