Tony Juniper

Tony Juniper


Tony Juniper CBE is the Executive Director for Advocacy and Campaigns at WWF-UK. Before joining WWF in January 2018 Tony spent ten years working as an independent sustainability and environment advisor and writer, including as Special Advisor with the Prince of Wales’s International Sustainability Unit and as co-founder of sustainability advisory group Robertsbridge.

He began his career as an ornithologist, working with Birdlife International. In 1990 he began a long period working at Friends of the Earth, initially leading the campaign for the tropical rainforests. After that, and following a period as campaigns director, he was from 2003-2008 the organization’s executive director. From 2000-2008 he was also Vice Chair of Friends of the Earth International. Among Friends of the Earth’s many achievements during Juniper’s time with the organization was the success of the Big Ask campaign that called for a new law on climate change (leading to the 2008 Climate Change Act – the first legislation of its kind in the world).

On joining WWF, Tony remained a Fellow with the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership and President of the Wildlife Trusts. He speaks and writes widely on conservation and sustainability themes and is the author of many books, including the multi-award winning 2013 best-seller What has Nature ever done for us? His latest book, the Ladybird Book guide to Climate Change, co-authored with HRH The Prince of Wales and Emily Shuckburgh, was published in January 2017. His next book, Rainforest – dispatches from Earth’s most vital frontlines, will be published in April 2018.

Juniper was the first recipient of the Charles and Miriam Rothschild conservation medal (2009) and was awarded honorary Doctor of Science degrees from the Universities of Bristol and Plymouth (2013). In 2017 he was appointed Commander of the British Empire (CBE) for services to conservation.

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A Vermiculated Screech Owl (La Selva, Costa Rica). A very lucky shot through dense foliage of this secretive forest predator. Didn’t seem too happy at being woken up during the middle of the day.

My privilege to speak to the great @scurwood of US National Public Radio’s @livingonearth programme about my book ‘Rainforest’, which is just out in North America with @IslandPress. You can listen to our discussion here on why rainforests matter to us all

Here’s a Broad-billed Motmot, photographed at La Selva research station Costa Rica (Feb 2016). This bird was in regenerating growth next to an area of primary rainforest. The place teemed with wildlife. 40 years before it was barren cattle pasture. Tropical Nature recovery.

There are only thought be 3,400 pairs of Willow Tits left in the UK, compared to approximately 3.3 million pairs of Blue Tits.
Find out more about our Willow Tit project here:
@YorksWildlife #willowtit @Team4Nature #conservation

As a public servant I am for the duration of the election campaign bound by rules that require me to avoid public statements about policies or issues. For the coming weeks, therefore, my Tweet of the day will be a favourite bird picture. Here is a Dunlin I snapped in Iceland.

.@MarianSpain sets out @NaturalEngland vision and mission - restoring #nature and combating #climatechange

#environment #wildlife

Return to Thorne & Hatfield Moors, this time with the @NaturalEngland team. I was last here with the @friends_earth campaign, to halt the peat mining that was destroying the raised bog systems. Now it’s a National Nature Reserve & a fine example of Nature recovery. A good result!

The sat tag on one of the missing brood managed hen harriers is transmitting again. Update to be given to Raptor Persecution group @SuptNickLyall meeting tomorrow. We remain concerned for two missing hen harriers and urge anyone with info to contact @NYorksPolice or @DurhamPolice

New Board Members will soon be appointed to help me lead @NaturalEngland toward key Government goals, including Nature recovery & net zero emissions. Might you have what it takes to help us on this journey? Closes November 14. See here for more details:

Spectacular Autumn light, harriers, owls & lapwings @WickenFenNT National Nature Reserve.

Note that it should say *could* here, not *couldn’t*

My privilege to share some reflections on how an ambitious national Nature Recovery Network couldn’t contribute to health & wellbeing, wildlife recovery & climate change mitigation & adaptation, all at once. In summary, Nature recovery would be a very sound investment choice.

Front page of tomorrow's @guardian

Just imagine, if this were true, & I was sworn to secrecy

Imagine how difficult that would be

Imagine if I had to wait until 12am to confirm, even though it's already on front page of newspapers

For the record, I can neither confirm or deny

Oil majors must cut output by a third to meet climate target – study
Seven largest companies must make 35% cut by 2040 to limit climate crisis and meet 1.5C goal, says thinktank

THIS IS WHAT MASS ENVIRONMENTALISM LOOKS LIKE. Would be great to see some journalists covering the 1.5 million people - more than 1 in 10 of all Bolivians - who made it to Santa Cruz to demand an end to laws allowing forests to be burned.

#365 days @Holkham and amazing #landscape great people
“ as individuals we can change but united we can make a difference” #EnvironmentalSuccess