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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We didn’t decline an offer to contribute. It seems we weren’t asked! A crossed wire somewhere @BBCCountryfile? Had I seen an invitation to go on there to speak about @NaturalEngland’s work, I would have done.

Very much looking forward to contributing. Great work going on across your patch.

48 hectares of outstanding species-rich grasslands in Luton are to get legal protection for their rare #wildflowers.

These important sites are close to housing and will help local people connect with #nature. #wildflowerhour

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Yes good to see some analysis to explain the capacity gap that exists between rising environmental ambitions & the ability to deliver on that. @NaturalEngland & @EnvAgency ready to do the job, but we need the means

Hunters across the Mediterranean slaughter millions of migrating birds each spring and autumn, mostly just for kicks. These are exquisitely beautiful and increasingly rare cranes. The heroes at @CABS_REPORTS, who are doing their best to fight this abomination, need your support.

Natural England has lost more than half of its budget and a third of its staff in the last 10 years - making it harder to protect our vital habitats #countryfile

Fascinating. Important to remember how long term the vision needs to be and the biodiversity benefits . Thank you @NaturalEngland for all this excellent work!

So pleased with these restored ponds at @WimpoleEstateNT. Great example of partnership working; work funded through development mitigation, via @NaturalEngland, @FWAGeast designed and coordinated the work and Lattenbury Services were great contractors to deliver it.

The National Trust is the last thing that needs investigating at the moment.

I cannot roll my eyes hard enough or shake my head fast enough so I will join the @nationaltrust instead.

It’s the Charity Commission that needs investigating not National Trust. They are absolutely right to focus the links to the slavery trade of many of their estates & stately homes @nationaltrust @Telegraph @AndrewLacs

.@ASDA’s new sustainability store in the UK kicks off Unilever’s biggest reuse and refill trial in Europe. The goal? To reduce plastic and learn how to make using refills easier for our shoppers.

Nature recovery must be delivered at scale, in landscapes & catchments, & that can only occur via partnerships. Thank you @pow_rebecca for taking forward Bill amendments that will provide further legal underpinning for @NaturalEngland to convene such strategic collaborations.

Thanks @tonyjuniper and @NaturalEngland for your support in making Saltwells a National Nature Reserve #saltwellsnnr Green space is so important, for mind, body and soul and we're so proud to be part of the National Nature Reserve Network @DudleyNature @unescouk @BCgeopark

Our chair @TonyJuniper welcomes #SaltwellsNNR to the West Midlands NNR family.

We did it! Saltwells is now a NATIONAL NATURE RESERVE!!!! Thank you @NE_WestMids! @unescouk @BCgeopark #saltwellsnnr #geology @BritGeoSurvey @geolsoc @BCGeoSoc @GeolAssoc @discoverdudley @envagency @CRTWestMidlands @TonyJuniper @themjcouk @lgcplus @EnvAgencyMids @DudleyNature

England’s latest National Nature Reserve. Great news. A place with ancient natural features of national interest, but also with a vital future role as part of the Nature Recovery Network that lies at the heart of @NaturalEngland’s work. Well done all concerned.

UK arable farming's 'yield mindset' is changing. Our Gross Margins and Net Margins have both increased by performing #regenerativeagriculture. It's an absolute #nobrainer. Healthier food, better for the environment, better for your bottom line.

So excited to be progressing our landmark #EnvironmentBill :

.@TonyJuniper: "We’ve seen a significant reduction in the capacity to monitor Sites of Special Scientific Interest. Between 2010-17 our budget available was cut in half, leading to longer intervals between site visits and therefore less confidence in the state of those habitats."