Paul Harrison (pantheist)

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Paul Harrison is an environmental writer, author of several books and reports on environment and development, and the founder and president of the World Pantheist Movement.

For most of his life, Harrison has been a journalist and writer on the environment and Third-World development. His best known books are Inside the Third World (1979) (on world poverty) and The Third Revolution (1993) (sub-titled 'Population, environment and a sustainable world').[citation needed] He also wrote The Greening of Africa (1987) about sustainable development for Africa, and Inside the Inner City (1983) about inner city poverty in East London. His book on pantheism, Elements of Pantheism, was published by Element Books in 1999.

Harrison has worked for six UN agencies and travelled to many Third-World countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America. In 1988 he received a UN Environment Programme Global 500 award for his writings on environment.[1] He edited the United Nations Population Fund's "State of World Population," (1990 and 1992) and was editor-in-chief for the Independent Commission on Population and Quality of Life's report "Caring for the Future." He has edited several flagship reports for the UN Food and Agriculture Organization. He was the lead author of the American Association for the Advancement of Science's "Atlas of Population and Environment."[2] From 2005 to 2008 he edited the United Nations Environment Programme's "UNEP Yearbook" (formerly Geo Yearbook).[3]

Harrison was born in Oldham, Lancashire, England, and has master's degrees in European languages and literature (Cambridge) and political sociology (London School of Economics), and a PhD from Cambridge in Earth Sciences and Geography.[citation needed]

In July 1996 he posted the first page of what became the scientific pantheism site, and in 1997 he started the mailing list that grew into the World Pantheist Movement.


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