We’re delighted to have Jonathon Porritt back with The Crowd for this Spotlight Talk during the Green Recovery Festival. This talk will explore the current state of play on the global effort to ‘build back greener’ and how this might change in the coming months. Drawing on insights from his latest publication, ‘Hope in Hell’ (June 2020), Jonathon will provide a blueprint of how we can rapidly decrease emissions, lessen inequalities and capitalise on this unique moment for change, ensuring a better world for all.
Jonathon Porritt is Co-Founder of Forum for the Future, a veteran campaigner and eminent writer, broadcaster and commentator on sustainable development. He is also a Non-Executive Director of Willmot Dixon Holdings, Chancellor of Keele University, and is involved in the work of many NGOs and charities as Patron, Chair or Special Advisor.
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). He stood down as Chairman of the UK Sustainable Development Commission in July 2009 after nine years of providing high-level advice to Government Ministers. Jonathon received a CBE in January 2000 for services to environmental protection.
Jonathon first got involved with environmental issues in 1974, at the same time as he became a teacher in a West London comprehensive. Ten years later (during which he was also very involved in the Green Party), Jonathon left teaching to become Director of Friends of the Earth where he stayed until 1991, just prior to the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992. In 1996, Jonathon co-founded Forum for the Future, which remains his ‘home base’ in terms of all the different things he does today. He was Chair of the UK Sustainable Development Commission between 2000 and 2009.
Guestlist to be confirmed.