Leading environmentalist and Forum for the Future founder joins BusinessGreen to chat about net zero, the green recovery and his new book on the climate crisis. Jonathon Porritt is arguably one of the founding fathers of sustainability in business, having been a towering figure in the environmental movement for several decades as a campaigner, writer and would-be politician before going on to set up Forum for the Future in 1996. The sustainable development charity has since expanded globally, working closely with some of the world’s biggest corporates to drive ambitious social and environmental change in the private sector. In addition Porritt chaired the government’s now-defunct Sustainable Development Commission for the best part of a decade under the then-Prime Minister Tony Blair. As well as receiving a CBE for his services to environmental protection in 2000, Porritt holds several honorary doctorates and has written numerous books on environmental and climate topics, including his latest Hope in Hell: A decade to confront the climate emergency’ which was published in June.
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Minority communities are more likely to face longer stretches of life-threatening extreme heat caused by the climate crisis. New data, compiled by the Union of Concerned Scientists [UCS] found that between 1971 and 2000, US counties with more than 25% black populations suffered an average of 18 days each year when the heat index soared above 100F (38C). In counties where less than a quarter of the population was black, there were an average of seven days per year over 100F.
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