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E109 – Jonathon Porritt on Authentic Hope, Staying Grounded and Intergenerational Justice // A Call To Action – A Hope In Hell

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“The call to action that comes from that spiritual heartland can be at least as moving for people, as any political ideological call to action.” Jonathon Porritt 


E109 – Jonathon Porritt on AUTHENTIC HOPE, STAYING GROUNDED AND INTERGENERATIONAL JUSTICE

A CALL TO ACTION – A HOPE IN HELL


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“The call to action that comes from that spiritual heartland can be at least as moving for people, as any political ideological call to action.”

Jonathon Porritt In this episode Amisha speaks with Jonathon Porritt, an eminent writer, broadcaster and campaigner on sustainable development. He was co-founder & director of Forum For The Future, UK’s leading sustainable development charity. Jonathon has been on the front line of environmental campaigning for more than 45 years. He has been a member of the Green Party throughout that time, and has worked tirelessly to promote the solutions to today’s converging environmental crises.

Amisha and Jonathon talk about the deeper, often unseen, realities that are unfolding during this time in our lives. They reveal how we are circling around tipping points and how the changes of our planet due to global warming are growing a sense of urgency for us to become active citizens in shaping our future.

Jonathon believes that the solutions we need are already amongst us and that the energy we are investing in creating impactful climate change and social justice movements can be balanced by staying grounded. Together they share how Earth focused practices and a life lived in reciprocity with nature are essential in order for us to show up with authentic hope and not as ‘shiny optimists’.

We learn that authentic hope flourishes in a realistic and science based understanding of the nature of the world and our impact on it. They explore how we can draw authentic hope from the life of funghi to form ideas for our progressive movements, and how principles of psychology of change could be accelerated by technology in moving us towards a balancing of systems of powers. Their conversations guides us not to sweat perfectionism and to understand our spiritual insights as an even more powerful call to action from our heartlands than that presented by political ideologies.

“Authentic hope, which is hope grounded in a realistic and science based understanding of the nature of the world today and our impact on it.” Jonathon Porritt


Jonathon Porritt, Co-Founder of Forum for the Future, is an eminent writer, broadcaster and campaigner on sustainable development. Jonathon has been on the front line of environmental campaigning for more than 45 years. He’s been a member of the Green Party throughout that time, and has worked tirelessly to promote the solutions to today’s converging environmental crises.

Forum for the Future is now the UK’s leading sustainable development charity, with 70 staff and over 100 partner organisations, including some of the world’s leading companies. For nearly 25 years, the Forum has been working in partnership with business, governments and civil society to accelerate the shift toward a sustainable future.

Jonathon is the Chair of the UK Sustainable Development Commission (2000-2009), President of Population Matters and The Conservation Volunteers, and Chancellor of Keele University.

In addition, Jonathon is President of Population Matters, President of The Conservation Volunteers, a Non-Executive Director of Willmott Dixon Holdings, and a Director of Collectively (an online platform celebrating sustainable innovation). He is involved in the work of many NGOs and charities as Patron, Chair or Special Adviser. His work as author and broadcaster has had a huge impact over the years.

His latest book, Hope in Hell, a powerful ‘call to action’ on the Climate Emergency, was published in June 2020. His previous books include Capitalism As If The World Matters (Earthscan, revised 2007), ‘The World We Made’ (Phaidon 2013), providing a positive vision of how we get to be living in a fair and sustainable world in 2050.

Jonathon received a CBE in January 2000 for services to environmental protection.


To connect or work with Jonathon, visit jonathonporritt.com

To connect or work with Amisha, visit amisha.co.uk


Links from this episode:

Jonathon Porritt . Twitter 

Jonathon’s new book . ‘Hope In Hell’ 

Rebecca Solnit Paul Hawken . ‘The Blessed Unrest’

Alastair Mcintosh . ‘Spiritual Activism’

Friends Of The Earth Listen to Polly Higgins // E42 – The Future Is Beautiful

Greta Thunberg

Compassionate World Farming


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