BRIEFING FOR LANCASHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL: "You can be in favour of fixing the climate. Or you can be in favour of exploiting shale gas. But you can’t be in favour of both at the same time."
John Ashton is an independent commentator and adviser on the politics of climate change. From 2006-12 he served as Special Representative for Climate Change to three successive UK Foreign Secretaries, spanning the current Coalition and the previous Labour Government. He was a cofounder and, from 2004-6, the first Chief Executive of the think tank E3G. From 1978-2002, after a brief period as a research astronomer, he was a career diplomat, with a particular focus on China.
John is a Fellow of the European Climate Foundation; a Non Executive Director of E3G; a visiting professor at the London University School of Oriental and African Studies; a Distinguished Policy Fellow at the Grantham Institute for Climate Change at Imperial College; and a Trustee of the UK Youth Climate Coalition and Tipping Point.