Tony Juniper

Tony Juniper


Tony Juniper CBE is the Chairman of the official nature conservation agency Natural England and a Fellow with the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership. He is also 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 latest book, Rainforest – dispatches from Earth’s most vital frontlines, was 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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Thanks @SYFR and all the @NaturalEngland staff who have been put working so hard for many days to control #hatfieldmoorsfire and protect people, property and wildlife.

A great weekend to be #betterwithnature but do follow these guidelines. Note especially that fire risk is high and real in current weather conditions - several tragic reports of fires on @NaturalEngland National Nature Reserves and othe open spaces this weekend.

Love walking? Like maps? Got wifi?

Let's make something good together while locked down by COVID-19?

500 volunteers wanted to help create a network of 4,000+
#SlowWays walking routes that connect Great Britain’s towns and cities… without leaving home.

Our staff have been working hard at Hatfield Moors with @SYFR crews damping down habitats and creating firebreaks to control the fire. Please do your bit to help by staying away from the site. #HatfieldMoorsFire #HumberheadPeatlandsNNR

Jatinegara market, Jakarta, Indonesia. Monkeys, civets, birds and bats all crammed together waiting to be slaughtered and eaten - a recipe for disaster. We must ensure that the silver lining of the Covid crisis is a global effort to end the wildlife trade once and for all.

So good to see social media flooded each day by people up and down the country pointing out the madness of wasting scarce council resources decimating nature on our verges and parks. This must end. #NoMowMay

Monks Wood -one of @naturalengland's Cambridgeshire National Nature Reserves. Good to see many more people than usual, but still plenty of space for distancing. A wonderful time of year to see wildlife. Find your closest reserves here: #BetterWithNature

Hatfield Moors our Humberhead Peatlands NNR is closed due to fire on the site. Please stay away to protect yourselves, and the NE staff and @SYFR firefighters who are working hard to put the fires out. #HatfieldMoorsFire

New report from @wwf_uk and @natures_voice. As landmark legislation on environment and agriculture progresses in the UK, our government must remove deforestation from supply chains.

Must read thread by @ONS 👇

Analysis on access to gardens, parks and playing fields during the #coronavirus lockdown. Using @NaturalEngland @NEChiefSci data.

Important update from our local area manager, Paul Duncan, on the Hatfield Moors Fire. Please stay away from the site at this time #HatfieldMoorsFire ⁦@NEYorksNLincs⁩ ⁦@NaturalEngland⁩

Congrats to @WildlifeTrusts - an amazing history. In 1915 a list of the finest sites for wildlife, 284 in all, was published by Rothschild & his mates including Neville Chamberlain.He then campaigned to stop govt agric grants damaging nature. He had vision beyond his time 🌍🌿🦅

Very sorry you are so disappointed Iolo, but the law didn’t change when the Chair did. It’s a complex picture out there, & I try to see all of it. If you feel this small decision says it all for you, then I reckon you need a wider angle lens. Microscopes don’t do it for me.

Our plan for this year, to help achieve the ambitions of the 25 Year Environment Plan, Net Zero & to help people benefit from the power of Nature.

BREAKING: #NaturalEngland funding boost gets cautious welcome

First of the Common Frog tadpoles we’ve been ‘head-starting’ on the kitchen windowsill from spawn is ready to out to the garden pond. Indoors its avoided predation by newts & dragonfly larvae, & now will need to dodge the Blackbirds and Song Thrushes. Good luck. #BetterWithNature

Great example of rewilding on Natural England nature reserve on former dairy farmland in Peak District National Park.We need more of this please! #wilderfuture #wildpeak @NFUtweets @DanAbrahams3 @TonyJuniper @PeakChief @DerbysWildlife @CraigBennett3 @RewildingB @RewildingEurope