Jonathon Porritt

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Jonathon Porritt is Programme Director and one of the founding members of Forum for the Future. He is former Director of Friends of the Earth (1984-90). In 1996 he founded Forum for the Future, an environmental charity that works closely with business. He leads the Forum Business Programme, working with 15 of the UK's biggest companies, including Blue Circle, Tesco, NatWest, Unilever, BT and EMI. In 1998 he launched the Forum Business Network with 29 major companies including BAA, Centrica, Jaguar Cars, National power, Volvo and the RAC. He was a special adviser to Tony Blair and was later appointed by Blair to be Chairman of the UK Sustainable Development Commission set up by Tony Blair to advise the British Government. He is Co-Director of The Prince of Wales's Business and Environment Programme and former leader of the Green Party.

His personal website calls him one of the "world's leading environmentalists" and says that he has been dubbed "father of the British green movement". He has published a book entitled Capitalism as if the World Matters.[1]

In November 2005 The Observer noted that in this book he claims that capitalism is "the only real economic game in town". He also criticises the Green Party, of which he was a founding member, accusing them of being "too narrow, too technical, too anti-business, too depressing, often too dowdy" and also "claims the campaigners must take some blame for the continued failure to stop climate change and habitat destruction, because their overly negative approach has alienated politicians and the public."[2]


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  1. Porritt, Capitalism As If The World Matters, 22 October 2006 (Accessed: 8 November 2007; previous link on this page no longer exists.)
  2. Juliette Jowit, Porritt warns greens to mend 'negative' ways, The Observer, 6 November 2005.