The Environment Foundation

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Welcome to The Environment Foundation

Update: The Environment Foundation changed its name to the Foundation for Democracy and Sustainable Development in July 2009. Please visit our new website at This website remains as an archive to record our work in the period from 1983 to 2009.

The Environment Foundation works to promote creative, practical and urgent action for sustainable development. We were established in 1983, with initial funding from the international insurance industry.

Our aim is to support high-quality debate, analysis and reflection for people around the world who want to overcome barriers to sustainable development.

For the period 2009-2011, we will continue our focus on democracy and sustainable development.

Our work will build understanding on when and how democracy facilitates sustainable development; and how sustainable development affects democracy.

Together with partners in the UK and internationally we will work through dialogue, analysis, events and advocacy. We aim to deliver resources to support decision-making fit for the sustainable development challenges of the twenty-first century.

“If we want to tackle climate change, we will need more democracy not less. Not only within countries, but also between countries”.
Chandra Bushan, Associate Director, Centre for Science and Environment

“Unsustainable development has been described as the biggest market failure the world has ever seen. Yet surely it is the biggest failure of democracy the world has ever seen”.
Sara Parkin, Founder Director, Forum for the Future

For further information please contact us.

© Foundation for Democracy and Sustainable Development
Registered Charity Number 1101302. Company limited by guarantee without a share capital.
Registered in England and Wales. Company registration number 4869004
Registered office: Amberley Place, 107-111 Peascod Street, Windsor, Berkshire SL4 1TE
Website by Lynne Elvins. Illustrations provided by Tuch Design