Peter Melchett


BBC Wildlife Magazine - - Wild News -

For more than 40 years, Peter Melchett pro­vided a unique qual­ity of lead­er­ship within the UK en­vi­ron­ment move­ment – as a Govern­ment min­is­ter un­der Labour in the 1970s, the face and in­spi­ra­tional voice of Green­peace through the 1990s, and as the hugely in­flu­en­tial pol­icy di­rec­tor of the Soil As­so­ci­a­tion right up to his much-lamented death at the end of Au­gust. But he had a much wider pres­ence in the move­ment, through the Ram­blers, World Wildlife Fund, Wildlife & Coun­try­side Link, and a host of other or­gan­i­sa­tions and net­works.

Dur­ing that time, he was con­sis­tently rad­i­cal in his views, un­fal­ter­ingly po­lite in his ad­vo­cacy, with a streak of ir­rev­er­ent hu­mour that could lift the most te­dious meet­ing. This made him a much-ad­mired col­league, a highly re­spected ad­ver­sary and a very spe­cial friend to many. Jonathon Por­ritt

Peter Melchett: rad­i­cal and in­spi­ra­tional.

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