Tony Juniper
Tony Juniper is an independent sustainability and environment adviser, writer and campaigner.

Tony Juniper is an independent sustainability and environment adviser, including as Special Advisor with the Prince of Wales's International Sustainability Unit, Fellow with the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership and as President of Society for the Environment. He is a founder member of the Robertsbridge Group that advises international companies. He speaks and writes on many aspects of sustainability and is the author of several books, including the award winning Parrots of the World, Spix's Macaw and How Many Light Bulbs Does It Take To Change A Planet? He was a co-author of Harmony, with HRH The Prince of Wales and Ian Skelly. His multi-award winning best-seller What has Nature ever done for us? was published in January 2013. His latest book, What Nature does for Britain, is published in February 2015. He began his career as an ornithologist, working with Birdlife International. From 1990 he worked at Friends of the Earth and was the organisation's executive director from 2003-2008 and Vice Chair of Friends of the Earth International from 2000-2008. Juniper was the first recipient of the Charles and Miriam Rothschild medal (2009) and was awarded honorary Doctor of Science degrees from the Universities of Bristol and Plymouth (2013).,

Entries by Tony Juniper

Europe, the Environment and the Smell of 1973

(2) Comments | Posted 11 April 2016 | (14:18)

During the summer of 1973, aged 12, I went on a family holiday to Cornwall. I have many vivid memories from that trip and like many abiding recollections some of the most powerful come from smell. As I bobbed about one day in the surf by the mouth of a...

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Paris Summit: The 'End of the Beginning' for the Climate Fight?

(3) Comments | Posted 30 September 2015 | (18:01)


One thing I've learned in the many global environmental summits I've attended over the years, is that these gatherings tend to mark progress rather than make it.

The collective will of leaders is not determined at the meetings themselves, but by events...

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Tackling Forest Fires Is Vital for Tackling Climate Change

(0) Comments | Posted 24 September 2015 | (00:40)


In many countries the most visible symbols of climate change are linked with the fossil fuel economy. Gas guzzling 4X4 vehicles, expanding airports and coal-fired power plants understandably among them. But what of land and forests? For some nations the changing state of...

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Can a Sporting Event Alter the Course of History? - The Case of Formula E

(0) Comments | Posted 23 June 2015 | (19:30)

I'm not really a sports fan, but I am pleased today to be making my debut as a sports writer. I do understand the excitement that comes from following the fortunes of a favorite team or figure, but I sometimes find major sporting events a little empty, a diversion of...

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Why 2015 Must Be The Year to Protect the Lungs of the Earth

(4) Comments | Posted 8 April 2015 | (00:00)

As emissions of greenhouse gases from industry, transport and power generation have occupied the attention of policy makers, businesses and many campaign groups, so the vital roles being played by forests in global climatic stability have been relatively neglected. A new report out today suggests that during this crucial year...

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Why Britain Needs a Nature Manifesto

(3) Comments | Posted 8 February 2015 | (23:00)

This week I publish a 'Nature Manifesto'. Its taken from my new book called What Nature does for Britain and calls on political parties to back action for the better protection and restoration of nature. This is not only to sustain the beauty and wonder of...

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Forests for the Future

(1) Comments | Posted 25 January 2015 | (23:00)

Will a high level meeting taking place in London today add momentum to efforts to save the world's remaining tropical forests?

While for years we've become accustomed to believing that the clearance of the world's tropical forests is a necessary price we must pay for progress and to generate the...

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Where Money Meets Nature

(0) Comments | Posted 10 July 2014 | (00:00)

One of the gravest difficulties we face in matching human needs within the capacity of what the Earth can indefinitely provide comes down to how we've come to see economy and ecology somehow locked in an irreconcilable struggle, wherein efforts to protect one inevitably lead to costs for the other....

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The Floods Should Convince Ministers to Increase Home-Grown Energy

(1) Comments | Posted 13 March 2014 | (10:05)


In the aftermath of the floods and the debate about what needs to be done to prevent similar events in future, there has been a focus on the role of farming. A lot of this has been about land use, and how water...

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Wind Energy: A Win Wind Situation

(5) Comments | Posted 3 October 2013 | (11:00)

The small minority that is fiercely opposed to wind power, and to renewable energy in general, has its reasons for feeling the way it does. While I regard their views as misguided, I can respect their point of view, so long as it is based on facts and reason. And...

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Why Saving the Planet Could Save the Economy

(1) Comments | Posted 25 April 2012 | (14:17)

Yesterday's GDP figures reveal that we're back in recession. It's clear that urgent action is required to prevent our economy from slipping back even further - but this news comes on the back of a lack of leadership by the government on one of the few sectors of our economy...

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Why Prince Charles's Marine Programme Can Impact on the Future of World Fish Stocks

(1) Comments | Posted 2 February 2012 | (23:00)

Many of the world's fish stocks are in a state of crisis - right? And there is nothing that can be done about it? Well no. And that is the message that comes through today, following two years of research, conversation and thinking from the Prince of Wales's...

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Spix's Macaw

(3) Comments | Posted 1 January 2012 | (23:00)

Last May, while having dinner with a close friend, I suddenly found myself on the receiving end of unexpected compliments - for having had one of my books made into a film." What film?" I said. "Rio", my friend replied, adding that it was "the one about the two rare...

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