About Tony Juniper
"He is by popular consent the most effective of Britain's eco-warriors" The Independent, 2008
One of the top ten environmental figures of the last 30 years. The ENDS Report 2008
One of the "all time eco heroes" the Environment Agency, 2006
One of "the 100 people who are making the decisions that affect your life" Country Life 2009
Tony Juniper CBE is a campaigner, writer, sustainability adviser and a well-known British environmentalist. For more than 30 years he has worked for change toward a more sustainable society at local, national and international levels. From providing ecology and conservation experiences for primary school children, making the case for new recycling laws, to orchestrating international campaigns for action on rainforests and climate change, his work has sought change at many levels.
Today Tony Juniper is the Chair of Natural England, the statutory body that works for the conservation and restoration of the natural environment in England. Before joining Natural England in April 2019he was Executive Director for Advocacy and Campaigns for WWF-UK, joining the organisation in January 2018 following a period working in a variety of roles and capacities, including as a Special Adviser to the Prince of Wales’s International Sustainability Unit, having previously worked (2008-2010) as a Special Advisor with the Prince’s Rainforests Project. He was (and remains) a Fellow with the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL), working as a member of the teaching faculty and contributing to several programmes including The Prince Of Wales's Business and Sustainability Programme. He was also a founder of Robertsbridge, which provides advice to major companies on how best to meet ambitious sustainability goals. In 2015 he was declared President of The Wildlife Trusts but stepped down from this position on joining Natural England.
He was also Trustee of Fauna and Flora International, of Solar Aid, Ecologist-Resurgence magazine and Global Ambassador for The World Parrot Trust. He was a member of the board of the Bioplastics Feedstock Alliance that seeks the most sustainable ways of producing plant based plastics.
Tony Juniper was also a candidate for the Green Party in the Cambridge constituency at the 2010 General Election. The campaign nearly tripled the Green vote in Cambridge and gained the third best Green result out of 325 constituencies where a Green candidate stood.
Juniper frequently speaks and lectures on environmental and sustainability questions. He also writes extensively and contributes material on ecological and sustainability subjects to a wide range of publications. His book What has Nature ever done for us? was published in January 2013 and with many favourable reviews quickly became a best-seller. The title won several awards including a gold in the US Independent Publishers’ 2013 Living Now Book Awards. The sequel What Nature Does For Britain was published in February 2015. His What is really happening to our planet? was published in June 2016, in 2017 the Ladybird Expert Guide to Climate Change, co-authored with HRH the Prince of Wales and polar scientist Dr Emily Shuckburgh OBE and in April 2018 his most recent book,Rainforests, was published.
Following a period working with an innovative conservation education project in Oxfordshire with the Wildlife Trust during 1984-1985, Juniper worked as a professional ornithologist. From 1989-1990 he spearheaded a program with Birdlife International to prevent the extinction of critically endangered parrots. He became a recognized expert on this group and in 1998 co-published (with Mike Parr) Parrots: A guide to the parrots of the world, which was judged in 1999 as 'reference book of the year' by the UK Library Association.
In 1990 Juniper joined the staff of Friends of the Earth, where he maintained a strong public presence for the organization in the UK and internationally. He was widely recognised for his work in elevating environmental issues, and for example in 2005 Country Life listed him as one of most influential figures shaping the countryside in the UK.
Initially he led Friends of the Earth's tropical rainforest campaign, both in the UK and internationally. From 1993 he took forward the organisation's work on biodiversity. Later he became involved in transport policy and led Friends of the Earth's celebrated campaign against the Newbury Bypass. In 1998 he became Policy and Campaigns Director at Friends of the Earth, and in this role played a leading part in many initiatives, including on GM crops, world trade policy, industrial pollution and biodiversity.
From 2003 to 2008 he was the organisation's director in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. From 2001 to 2008 he was also elected Vice Chair of the 70-strong network of national organizations that comprise Friends of the Earth International. He contributed to many of Friends of the Earth's most important achievements, including legislation enacted to protect the UK's finest wildlife habitats, new laws to require more recycling and policy changes in the transport and farming sectors.
Friends of the Earth's greatest achievement during Juniper's time as director was however, the success of the Big Ask campaign, which set out to gain legal controls on carbon dioxide emissions. This was delivered through a huge grass roots lobbying effort in partnership with Radiohead's Thom Yorke. The UK’s world-leading statutory greenhouse gas emissions reductions targets as set out in the Climate Change Act 2008 resulted directly from the success of this campaign.
In addition to an award-winning title on parrots, Juniper co-authored Harmony with the Prince of Wales and Ian Skelly and which was published by Harper Collins in October 2010. Other books by Tony Juniper include the companion volume to the BBC series Saving planet Earth (2007), How many lightbulbs does it take to change a planet? (2007) and Spix's Macaw: the race to save the world's rarest bird (2002). From 2009 to 2012 Juniper was the Editor-in-Chief of GREEN magazine – initially published with National Geographic and later as a supplement with The Guardian. Juniper is a regular contributor to several publications and makes frequent broadcast appearances.
In 2013 Juniper was awarded Honorary Doctor of Science Degrees by the Universities of Bristol and Plymouth. In 2008 he was declared an Honorary Fellow by the Institution of Environmental Sciences and in 2013 an Honorary Fellow of the Society for the Environment. In 2011 Juniper was declared as a Patron of the Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management. He holds the professional qualification of Chartered Environmentalist, awarded by the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management.
In November 2009 Tony Juniper was the first recipient of a unique and prestigious award created by The Wildlife Trusts in honour of conservation pioneer Charles Rothschild, and his daughter, Miriam. In 2013 he was presented with a Chromy Award by the Conscience Institute. In 2017 Juniper was included in the Queen's Birthday Honours List and appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE)