Tony Juniper (born 24 September 1960) is a British campaigner, writer, sustainability advisor and leading environmentalist recognised among other activities for his work as Executive Director of Friends of the Earth, England, Wales and Northern Ireland and Vice Chair of Friends of the Earth International from 2000-2008.
Raised in Oxford, Juniper attended Bristol University, taking a joint Honours BSc in psychology and zoology in 1983, followed by a master's degree in conservation from University College, London in 1988. He is currently a Senior Associate at the Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership, based at the University of Cambridge.
He has been involved in the efforts to save the Spix's Macaw, one of the most endangered birds in the world. In his book Macaw: The Race to Save the World's Rarest Bird he criticized the private holders of birds such as Antonio de Dios's Birds International, arguing that the Spix's Macaws should be returned to their native country, Brazil, for captive breeding and reintroduction to their natural habitat, which is still in decline.
Friends of the Earth
Juniper joined the organisation in 1990 and served as Executive Director of Friends of the Earth, England, Wales and Northern Ireland and Vice Chair of Friends of the Earth International from 2000-2008.
At Friends of the Earth Juniper oversaw the campaign that ensured the inclusion of a Climate Change Bill in the Queen's Speech 2006 (15 November). This was supported by his successful "Big Ask" Campaign throughout 2005 and 2006, when he worked with Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke. Thom Yorke would work with Juniper again for a one-off benefit gig in his constituency of Cambridge, in 2010.
Juniper has works in a variety of roles including as a Special Adviser to the Prince of Wales Charities’ International Sustainability Unit, having previously worked (2008-2010) as a Special Advisor with the Prince’s Rainforests Project. He has collaborated with the University of Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership (CPSL).
Juniper has advised a number of companies, including Danone, Interserve and Skanska, assisting with their sustainability strategies. He was a founder of The Robertsbridge Group which provides advice to major companies on sustainability.
He was Chair of 10:10, a member of the advisory board of Sandbag and a board member of Climate for Ideas. He has worked as an ambassador for the National Trust’s vision to restore an area of Cambridgeshire wetlands around Wicken Fen. In October 2009 Tony Juniper was elected as a Trustee of the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire Wildlife Trust. During 2009-2010 he was a member of the advisory group that helped the Science Museum with the development of their new climate science exhibit called Atmosphere. He has chaired the Advisory Board on the Industry campaign Action for Renewables. He has been a member of the Expert Panel advising Bioregional's One Planet Communities programme.
Juniper has worked with all of the UK's main political parties and in January 2009, was selected as the Green Party's parliamentary candidate in the 2010 general election for the Cambridge constituency. He came 4th with 7.6% of the vote, more than doubling the Green Party percentage.
Honours and Awards
In 2008 he was declared an Honorary Fellow by the Institute of Environmental Sciences and in 2013 an Honorary Fellow of the Society for the Environment. In 2011 Juniper became a Patron of the Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management. In 2013, Juniper was awarded Honorary Doctor of Science Degrees from the universities of Bristol and Plymouth. Juniper is a recipient of the Chromy Award from the Conscience Institute, Monaco.
- Parrots: A Guide To The Parrots Of The World (with Mike Parr). 1998. Yale University Press/Pica
- Spix's Macaw: The Race to Save the World's Rarest Bird. 2003. UK: Fourth Estate/Atria.
- How Many Lightbulbs Does it Take to Change a Planet? 95 Ways to Save Planet Earth. 2007. UK: Quercus.
- Saving Planet Earth. 2007. Harper Collins. Companion volume to BBC series of the same name.
- Harmony: A New Way of Looking at Our World (with HRH The Prince of Wales & Ian Skelly). 2010. Harper Collins.
- What Has Nature Ever Done For Us?. 2013. Profile.
- Guardian - Tony Juniper profile
- Green Party: People
- Capel Land
- CPI Team - Senior Associates
- Juniper, Tony. 2003. Spix's Macaw: The Race to Save the World's Rarest Bird. Atria: Ch. 10 (pp 201-230).
- Tony Juniper and Friends of the Earth successes (PDF)
- Interserve sets out sustainability programme with commitment to create 500 apprenticeship places Interserve Press Release 21 March 2013
- Robertsbridge Group website.