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JONATHON PORRITT, Founder Director of the Forum for the Future, and Chairman of the UK Sustainable Development Commission

Avoiding the Ultimate Recession

Jack Jeffery Environment and Sustainability Lecture

Date: 27th October 2009

Time: 17:30

Venue: Curtis Auditorium, Herschel Building (opposite Haymarket Metro)


Governments are desperate to put the current recession behind them as fast

as possible.  Trillions of dollars have been injected into the global economy to that effect – but little of it has been focussed on genuinely sustainable investments.  That increases the likelihood of an even graver recession in the near future – induced by accelerating climate change, high energy prices and resource shortages.  So what will it take to get world leaders to address this ultimate challenge?

Jonathon Porritt, Co-Founder of Forum for the Future, is an eminent writer, broadcaster and commentator on sustainable development.  Established in 1996, Forum for the Future is now the UK’s leading sustainable development charity, with 70 staff and over 100 partner organisations, including some of the world’s leading companies.

Jonathon was appointed by the Prime Minister as Chairman of the UK Sustainable Development Commission in July 2000. This is the Government's principal source of independent advice across the whole sustainable development agenda.  In addition, he has been a member of the Board of the South West Regional Development Agency since December 1999, and is Co-Director of The Prince of Wales's Business and Environment Programme which runs Senior Executives' Seminars in Cambridge, Salzburg, South Africa and the USA. In 2005 he became a Non-Executive Director of Wessex Water, and a Trustee of the Ashden Awards for Sustainable Energy.  

He 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; chairman of UNED-UK (1993-96); chairman of Sustainability South West, the South West Round Table for Sustainable Development (1999-2001); a Trustee of WWF UK (1991-2005).  

His latest books are Capitalism As If The World Matters (Earthscan, revised 2007), Globalism & Regionalism (Black Dog 2008).

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