Jonathan Porritt - PEP - Promoting Economic Pluralism

Jonathan Porritt

I was born in 1950. The next couple of decades flowed by effortlessly at Eton, Magdalen College, Oxford, and dossing around planting trees and farming in New Zealand and Australia.

I first got involved with environmental issues in 1974, at the same time as I became a teacher in a West London comprehensive, which I absolutely loved. Ten years later, I left teaching to become Director of Friends of the Earth where I stayed until 1991, just prior to the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992 – which for me, was a life-changing experience.

In 1996, we set up Forum for the Future, which remains my ‘home base’ in terms of all the different things I do today. I was Chair of the UK Sustainable Development Commission between 2000 and 2009 and I became Chancellor of Keele University in 2012.

I got married in 1986, and we have two daughters, Eleanor and Rebecca.

That’s about it – in a nutshell! Still hard at it 40 years on.