On May 23rd, Tony Juniper received a Chromy Award at the Royal reception for the opening of this year’s Hay Festival in Wales. When the award had been presented, The Prince of Wales remarked to Anna Chromy: “You could not have found a better person for the Award than Tony Juniper.”
Anna Chromy and the Directors of the Institute are convinced that Tony Juniper can be rightly considered a “Conscience” of our times. Through his books and teachings he makes an essential contribution to the understanding of Sustainable Development and the invaluable services nature renders man. His latest book, “What has Nature ever done for us?” should be required reading in schools and management courses, to influence the day-to-day decisions of current and future leaders.
One of the great merits of this book is that it explains to decision makers in business and politics the tangible economic advantages to be harnessed by moving to a “bioeconomy”. In this way our economy would become part of nature, instead of the current asset-stripping approach, and capable of supporting human needs indefinitely into the future; a welcome change from the usual doomsday scenarios with no indication of a way out.
Tony Juniper is a British campaigner, writer, sustainability advisor and leading environmentalist recognised among other activities for his work as Executive Director of Friends of the Earth, England, Wales and Northern Ireland and Vice Chair of Friends of the Earth International from 2000-2008.
Juniper now works in a variety of roles, amongst others he presently works as a Special Adviser to the Prince of Wales Charities’ International Sustainability Unit, having previously worked (2008-2010) as a Special Advisor with the Prince’s Rainforests Project. He is a Senior Associate with the University of Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership (CPSL), working as a member of the teaching faculty and contributing to several programmes. He was a co-author on the Book Harmony, released recently by HRH The Prince of Wales.
Juniper is also an adviser to several international companies, including Skanska and Danone, assisting with the development of their sustainability strategies. He is also a founder of The Robertsbridge Group which provides advice to major companies on how best to meet ambitious sustainability goals.
He is a board member of 10:10 (where he was previously the Chair), a member of the advisory board of Sandbag and a board member of Climate for Ideas. He is also an ambassador for the National Trust’s vision to restore a large area of Cambridgeshire wetlands around Wicken Fen. In October 2009 Tony Juniper was elected as a Trustee of the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire Wildlife Trust. During 2009-2010 he was a member of the advisory group that helped the Science Museum with the development of their new climate science exhibit called Atmosphere. He is the chair of the Advisory Board on the Industry campaign Action for Renewables. He is also a member of the Expert Panel advising Bioregional’s One Planet Communities programme.
Juniper sits on a number of advisory panels and continues to speak and write on environmental issues. Juniper has also campaigned against nuclear power.