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Jonathon Porritt

Capitalism as if the World Matters, 2005

Photograph of Jørgen RandersJonathon Porritt

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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Jonathon Porritt: Part 1, From Seeing Green to Capitalism as if the World Matters

In this video, Jonathon Porritt, author of Capitalism as if the World Matters (2005), one of the most influential books on sustainability, talks about From Seeing Green to Capitalism as if the World Matters with Senior Associate Wayne Visser, on 9 July 2008. The interview was part of the Cambridge Top 50 Sustainability Books Project.

Jonathon Porritt: Part 2, Smart Growth versus Dumb Growth

In this video, Jonathon Porritt, author of Capitalism as if the World Matters (2005), one of the most influential books on sustainability, talks about smart growth versus dumb growth with Senior Associate Wayne Visser, on 9 July 2008. The interview was part of the Cambridge Top 50 Sustainability Books Project.

Jonathon Porritt: Part 3, Wellbeing and the Politics of Sustainability

In this video, Jonathon Porritt, author of Capitalism as if the World Matters (2005), one of the most influential books on sustainability, talks about wellbeing and the politics of sustainability with Senior Associate Wayne Visser, on 9 July 2008. The interview was part of the Cambridge Top 50 Sustainability Books Project.

Jonathon Porritt: Part 4, Sustainable Capitalism: China vs USA

In this video, Jonathon Porritt, author of Capitalism as if the World Matters (2005), one of the most influential books on sustainability, talks about sustainable capitalism: China vs USA with Senior Associate Wayne Visser, on 9 July 2008. The interview was part of the Cambridge Top 50 Sustainability Books Project.

Jonathon Porritt: Part 5, Making Change Happen

In this video, Jonathon Porritt, author of Capitalism as if the World Matters (2005), one of the most influential books on sustainability, talks about making change happen with Senior Associate Wayne Visser, on 9 July 2008. The interview was part of the Cambridge Top 50 Sustainability Books Project.

Jonathon Porritt: Part 6, Hope and Inspiration

In this video, Jonathon Porritt, author of Capitalism as if the World Matters (2005), one of the most influential books on sustainability, talks about hope and inspiration with Senior Associate Wayne Visser, on 9 July 2008. The interview was part of the Cambridge Top 50 Sustainability Books Project.

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Other Books (Selection)

Seeing Green: The Politics of Ecology Explained (Cambridge University Press, 1984)

The Coming of the Greens (with David WInner; Fontana 1988)

Save the Earth (Angus & Robertson, 1991)

Captain Eco and the Fate of the World (illustrated by Ellis Nadler; Dorling Kindersley Publishers, 1991)

Playing Safe: Science and the Environment (Thames & Hudson, 2000)

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