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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Good to see this new report about our local #Cambridge chalk streams. We must rise to the challenge of getting these gems polished. They are our equivalent of coral reefs & rainforests yet in poor state @CraigBennett3 @cllrkatie @_AndyClements @wildlifebcn

How to turn a chalk stream into an open sewer, no, I'm not kidding.

The water course on the right is the River Wandle 1 of only 2 urban chalk streams in London. The 1 on the left is the rather aptly named "Beddington Effluent Carrier".

Forbes Editor Warns Companies Not to Hire Kayleigh McEnany and Other Trump ‘Fabulists’

The @NaturalEngland team is going to see what can be done with drones in helping woodlands recover from Ash dieback

Both can be true: Carbon capture could be vital when targeted at specific sectors that are difficult to decarbonise AND it is over-promised as a widespread solution and used an excuse to postpone action in other sectors.

We’re investigating the disappearance of a hen harrier in the Yorkshire Dales area.

We continue to urge anyone witnessing or suspecting persecution to contact the police.

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I find this article by @morss_alex convincing. It persuades me that I got this issue wrong. I find trophy hunting repugnant, but the campaign against it appears to have damaged conservation efforts.
Important insights.

Fantastic news - lets keep the numbers high by keeping to the path, preventing fires and keeping dogs on their leads.

Our planets warmest decade ever can & must be a catalyst for a decade of intense, unrelenting climate action.

Very good letter by ⁦@SirAlanDuncan⁩ on a human crisis overlaid by a potential environmental catastrophe

The environmental message of today's #visionforplanning is quite simple, really:

optimising land use to restore our #environment & avert #climatechange should be a core purpose of #planning.

#Nature isn't a constraint in planning, it's an objective.

More than 50 countries commit to protection of 30% of Earth's land and oceans | Conservation | The Guardian

Just switched on the news & thought @Channel4News had secured the scoop of the century, an interview with St. Paul, live from Minnesota. Actually it was Richard Painter, live from St. Paul, Minnesota. Not the voice of God, but some good points.

PM’s speech to One Planet Summit was spot on. He was right to say that clash between humanity and natural world is at heart of our problems. Those who criticised it for ‘not being mission critical’ are so out of touch. Read what he said

Excellent debate and discussion today on how a #fensbiosphere can help nature thrive alongside people and economy. A richer natural environment can underpin the important peat, agricultural, tourism and recreational value of the #Fens

2 yrs ago @RewildingEurope colleagues showed me rewilding sites in the Netherlands They said "within a few years we'll have a naturally-colonising wolf pack here". They were right - in the most densely populated, most man-modified country in Europe.

Great quote from @ZacGoldsmith in #EACBiodiversity inquiry today. Accountability on global biodiversity commitments is like 'pinning jelly to the ceiling'. We'd love to see a nature version of the NDC, which could help deliver the priority action so needed on declines in #nature

Help shape the Stour Valley Park, a visionary project that aims to connect 25km of the lower River Stour valley, from the Kingston Lacy estate to Hengistbury Head on the coast. Public workshops are happening early February, sign up and find more info here

Scientists warn of 'ghastly' future, say we fail to grasp the seriousness of biodiversity loss & climate change.

“[The] mainstream is having difficulty grasping the magnitude of this loss, despite the steady erosion of the fabric of human civilisation.”