Wednesday, 13 July 2011 03:52

James Lovelock

James Lovelock

In 1986 Professor Lovelock became President of the Marine Biological Association of the UK. He has published numerous papers and secured many patents over a wide field of environmental science. His contributions to the science of atmospheric chemistry are notable. He is perhaps best known for his "Gaia" hypothesis on the interdependence of life on the planet.

Wednesday, 13 July 2011 03:08

Fiona Reynolds

Fiona Reynolds

An environmental campaigner and lobbyist. Secretary of the Council for National Parks (1980-87) campaigning successfully against quarrying schemes in national parks and lobbying successfully for improvements in legislation for national parks.

As Assistant Director for Policy of the Council for the Protection of Rural England since 1987, Ms. Reynolds has campaigned successfully for environmental improvements in planning and water legislation. She is at present Director of the Council for the Protection of Rural England (1992).


Sunday, 10 July 2011 02:39

Margaret, The Lady Thatcher

Margaret, The Lady Thatcher

Margaret, The Lady Thatcher made environmental concerns prominent in the national and international agendas of the British government. In major policy speeches in 1988, she strongly advocated increased international attention to, and action against, the threat of climate change caused by the global warming effect of the atmospheric build-up of "greenhouse" gases.

In association with UNEP, Lady Thatcher convened major international conferences in London in 1989 and 1990 seeking agreements to increase protection of the ozone layer.

Wednesday, 15 June 2011 20:49

Keith Frederick Corbett

Keith Frederick Corbett


For over 20 years Mr. Corbett has championed the cause of reptile and amphibian conservation. In 1967 he funded a project investigating the status, ecology, and conservation needs of lacerta agilis and two associated herpitiles. His findings were instrumental in initiating the UK wildlife legislation in 1975 that protected the three species. He has also founded the Conservation Committee of the British Herpetological Society, the Association of Croydon Conservation Societies and initiated habitat management and re-introduction projects into regional and national conservation strategies.
Wednesday, 15 June 2011 16:27

Jonathon Porritt

Jonathon Porritt

Director of Friends of the Earth between 1984 and 1990, he turned it into one of the most authoritative environmental campaigning and public awareness groups in Britain. His books, "Seeing Green" and "The Coming of the Greens", are notable contributions to literature on the environment. His latest work, "Save the Earth", has sold more than 500,000 copies in 25 different countries. He has also done extensive work promoting the environment on television and on radio.

Wednesday, 15 June 2011 16:09

Crispin Charles Cervantes Tickell

Crispin Charles Cervantes Tickell

Sir Crispin Tickell has been concerned with the environment as long as he can remember. He took advantage of a sabbatical year at Harvard University in 1975/76 to write "Climate Change and World Affairs" (since reprinted twice).

As an adviser to participants in the annual economic summits, he helped put environment on the agenda. When Permanent Secretary of the Overseas Development Administration, he established the environmental dimension of British aid policy; and as British Ambassador to the United Nations he played a key role in environmental affairs, including initiation of the UN Conference on Environment and Development in 1992.

Among his current responsibilities he is Chairman of the Climate Institute, President of the Royal Geographical Society and the Warden of Green College, Oxford.

Thursday, 09 June 2011 14:41

Herbert Girardet

Herbert Girardet

Herbert Girardet is a campaigner, writer and film maker concerned with human impact on the earth. His particular concern has been the survival of bio-cultural diversity in the face of rainforest destruction. Girardet has researched and produced 18 environmental TV documentaries filmed in 16 countries on five continents. In these films, as well as in his books, he has balanced thorough analysis of environmental problems and their causes with messages of hope for the future. In 1992 he published Earthrise: "How we can heal our injured planet". In 1993 he will publishThe Gaia Atlas Of Cities: "New directions for sustainable urban living".


Friday, 03 June 2011 18:04

Tom Burke

Tom Burke

Tom Burke has been called the United Kingdom's longest serving and most effective environmental campaigner and thinker.

He has lived up to this reputation by so effectively managing the non-governmental organization Friends of the Earth (UK) that it has become one of the most influential environmental groups in the world.

He has headed the Green Alliance and the European Environmental Bureau and brought them to greater heights of effectiveness.

As President of World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) International, His Royal Highness. The Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh pioneered an innovative scheme to bring together world religions in the name of conservation. This effort culminated with WWF's 25th Anniversary in Assissi, Italy, where top representatives of the world's major faiths gathered to issue declarations on the environment and to assess what their faiths had to say about nature. This gathering contributed to preserving the environment and promoted goodwill and understanding in an inter-faith context. This initiative helped reach untold millions worldwide with a conservation message through religious channels.

His Royal Highness has written a number of books on the environmental including Birds of Britannia (1962), Wildlife Crisis (1970) and The Environmental Revolution (a collection of his speeches from 1962 to 1977). His later speeches have been compiled in three other books entitled: A Question of Balance, Men, Machines and Sacred Cows, and Down to Earth.

Thursday, 02 June 2011 14:18

Professor Paul Ekins

Professor Paul Ekins

Mr. Paul Ekins is founder and director of The Other Economic Summit (TOES) - an international network with groups in most G7 countries - which organizes "economic summits" at the time of the G7 summits, with a focus on strategies for human development, social justice and environmental sustainability. In 1986, Mr. Ekins set up the New Economics Foundation to undertake work on developing a "new economics".

His book A new World Order: Grassroots Movements for Global Change, now a recommended text for undergraduate development studies courses, describes within a coherent theoretical framework, a broad range of initiatives and organizations working for a people-centred development process. Other books on sustainability Wealth Beyond Measure: An Atlas of New Economics and a companion book Real Wealth are the first books on green economics geared specifically for school use.

Mr. Ekins' present research interest is the relationship between environmental sustainability, economic growth and international trade. His "Trading off the Future" has been an important input into the debate on GATT and the environment.

He is the founder and coordinator of the Living Economy Network, a loose international grouping of 2,000 academics interested in these approaches, a founding member of the Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics and of the European Association for Evolutionary Political Economy.


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