Jonathon Porritt (born 1950) is an English writer, broadcaster and com-mentator on sustainable development.
Porritt was educated at Eton College and Magdalen College, Oxford. Despite training as a barrister, he decided to become an English teacher at St Clement Danes Grammar School (later Burlington Danes School) in Shepherd’s Bush, west London, in 1974. He was chair of the UK Ecology Party (now the Green Party) from 1978 to 1984 and, in 1984, gave up teaching to become Director of Friends of the Earth in Britain, a post he held until 1990.
In 1996, Porritt co-founded Forum for the Future, one of the UK’s leading sus-tainable development charities, where he currently serves as Founder Director. In 2000, he was appointed by the Prime Minister as Chairman of the UK Sustainable Development Commission, a post he held until 2009. 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 & Sustainability Programme.
In 2005 he became a non-executive director of Wessex Water, and a trustee of the Ashden Awards for Sustainable Energy. He is also Vice-President of the Socialist Environment Resources Association (SERA). He was formerly Chairman of UNED-UK (1993–96), Chairman of Sustainability South West, the South West Round Table for Sustainable Development (1999–2001) and a Trustee of WWF UK (1991–2005).
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