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Jonathon Porritt CBE visits the UEA for annual Blaikie Lecture

Jonathon Porritt, Founder Director of Forum for the Future, visits the UEA today for the Annual Blaikie Lecture on Politics of the Environment 2014.

Forum for the Future was established in 1996, and is now the UK’s leading sustainable development charity with over 100 partner organisations, including some of the world’s leading companies. Jonathon, who Co-Founded Forum for the Future, will be the guest speaker for this year’s Blaikie Lecture on Politics of the Environment. His lecture is entitled ‘Is the Green Movement its Own Worst Enemy?’.

As an eminent writer, broadcaster and commentator on sustainable development, Jonathon received a CBE in January 2000 for his services to environmental protection. In addition to Forum for the Future, Jonathon is also Co-Founder of The Prince of Wales’s Business and Sustainability Programme – which runs seminars for senior executives around the world. He is a Non-Executive of Willmott Dicon Holdings, a Trustee of the Ashden Awards for Sustainable Energy, and is involved in the work of many NGOs and charities as Patron, Chair or Special Advisor. His latest book, ‘The World We Made’, is an upbeat version of our sustainable world in 2050, and was published in October 2013.

The lecture will take place in the UEA Thomas Paine Study Centre Lecture Theatre, at 6.30pm on Tuesday 22nd July. The lecture will be followed by a drinks reception, and admission is free for all. We have been asking for those planning to attend to reserve their places by contacting Shaun.Gibbs@uea.ac.uk. Many have already done so, with almost 200 registered attendees for the event. The main reason we asked for this was to enable us to gauge likely numbers, and make adequate catering arrangements. Therefore, those who have not registered their attendance will still be welcome – so please do not be put off attending if you do not manage to reserve a place in time.

 

Abstract: There is no doubt that many of the central precepts of the Green Movement have entered into the political mainstream: the green economy, resource efficiency, low-carbon growth, natural capital and so on.  But the level of engagement by mainstream political parties is woefully superficial; ‘business as usual' growth at all costs still rules the day.  To what extent is that down to the Green Movement's own style of advocacy, its campaigning tactics, even the language it uses?  Knocking the Green Movement is all too easy, but is there not an obligation on all of us to rethink some of the ways in which we engage with voters, consumers, and decision-makers – and an equally important obligation on academics and educationalists to rethink their own role at such a critical time?