What Is Sustainability?

Monty Don presents Shared Planet, the series that looks at the crunch point between human population and the natural world. In this week's programme we have a report from Gloucestershire on the waxing and waning of Eel populations. Jonathan Porritt, one of the founders of the sustainability charity Forum for the Future will be in the Shared Planet studio to explore the issues and the wider implication of sustainability.

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Jonathon Porritt

Jonathon Porritt

Jonathon Porritt CBE is a British environmentalist and author who first got involved with environmental issues in 1974; the same time as becoming a teacher in a West London comprehensive. Ten years later, Jonathon left teaching to become Director of Friends of the Earth where he stayed until 1991, just prior to the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992 – which he found a life-changing experience.

Jonathon is Co-Director of the Prince of Wales’s Business & Sustainability Programme, and was Chair of the UK Sustainable Development Commission for nine years until 2009.  In 1996 he set up Forum for the Future, an organisation which works with business, government and others to inspire a sustainable future.

Pavan Sukhdev

Pavan Sukhdev

Pavan Sukhdev is Founder-CEO of GIST Advisory, a specialist consulting firm which helps
governments and corporations discover, measure, value, and manage their impacts on natural and human capital.  He is a Visiting Fellow at Yale University, where he was awarded the 2011 McCluskey Fellowship and wrote his book “Corporation 2020”.


He is a Goodwill Ambassador for UNEP.  Earlier he was Special Adviser and Head of UNEP’s Green Economy Initiative, and lead author of their report “Towards a Green Economy”.  He was also Study Leader for the G8+5 commissioned project on The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (“TEEB”). Pavan is also one of the recipients of the 2013 Gothenburg Award for Sustainable Development, where he has been recognised for his work in the area of ‘Nature’s services and ingenious solutions’.

The Shared Planet Studio

The Shared Planet Studio
Jonathon Porritt with Monty Don in the Shared Planet studio. 

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