Dee, Planet Ark Co-Founder and Chairman
Dee has spent over twenty years working on cause-related
this time, he set up and ran Rock Aid Armenia,
getting the support of bands such as Pink Floyd,
Led Zeppelin, Queen and others to raise funds
for Armenian Earthquake Relief in 33 countries.
1988, Jon co-produced the 55-nation global broadcast
'World Against AIDS' that launched World AIDS
Day. In 1990, he was also the initiator and publisher
of Britain's first multi-lingual pan-European
magazine - the 8 language edition 'Rock Power'
Dee founded the Planet Ark organisation in association
with friend and tennis player Pat Cash back in
set up Planet Ark as a pro-business organisation,
as he believes that only business has enough power
to save the planet's ability to look after our
its inception, Planet Ark has become a major force
for social and environmental change in Australia.
Internationally, Jon launched the Planet Ark Internet
site back in 1994. With over 20,000 pages of news,
it is the largest online environmental news service
in the world.
won community service awards in his youth from
Lions clubs. For his earthquake relief work, he
was awarded the President's Medal by the President
of Armenia in a ceremony in Yerevan in 1991. In
1994, Jon also won the national 'Banksia Environmental
Award' for his production of Channel 7 and Planet
Ark's 'Save the Planet' education commercials.
is a regular commentator on radio and TV. Since
1992, he has produced and directed over 300 TV
and radio adverts for Planet Ark, recruiting people
like Sir Richard Branson, Kylie Minogue, Tom Cruise,
Nicole Kidman, Olivia Newton-John, Steve Irwin,
Dustin Hoffman, Jamie Durie and others to present
lives in the Blue Mountains where he is married
to Leanne, his partner of 16 years. Leanne and
Jon have a daughter called Estelle – a wonderful
3 year old child whose birth was the happiest
moment of his life.
is an inspiring and entertaining speaker, who
has delivered speeches at launches, conferences
and corporate workshops both here in Australia
Dee official website
the weather, by Larry Schwartz - 13th December
Schwartz meets a campaigner showing viewers how
to clean up their act.
campaigner Jon Dee is so upbeat it takes you aback
to see the tears in his eyes. "I'm starting
to get emotional," he says.
Planet Ark founder's voice falters as he considers
a question about his father.
proud of me and that means a lot because my dad's
a very principled man," says Dee discussing
a new 16-part series he is presenting on The Weather
Channel called Tipping Point in which he shows
how to create an environmentally sustainable future.
attributes his activism largely to the family
ethos. "My father was a firefighter and we
had very little money," he says.
we were very community-minded. We were brought
up to go and fundraise and doorknock for people
father was once the only officer in Shropshire
county, western central England, to go on strike
for seven weeks in solidarity with fire brigade
killed his career," Dee says. "He never
got promoted again. We did it really tough. We
were reliant on people bringing stale bread and
yesterday's cakes. We got cash handouts from other
second-eldest of five, he marvels that his 60something
mother regularly flies to remote parts of the
EU to monitor elections.
inspiring was his grandfather, Sam, the only one
in whom he could confide when neglecting school
work in his teens to edit a fanzine for rock band,
my parents found out I was flunking grades and
producing this magazine, they were horrified.
They thought I was throwing my life away. But
my granddad kept saying, 'You keep doing what
you believe in', and he sent me this note I still
have, saying, 'You know I'll always back you'."
days, home is in the Blue Mountains with Australian-born
wife Leanne and daughters Estelle and Claudia.
been doing the promotional rounds for his show
— Gold FM, Radio National's Breakfast, Channel
Ten's 9am with David and Kim, 3AW's Neil Mitchell
great to launch a TV series that's been in the
planning for this long in a week that we're going
to Bali," he says of Australia's involvement
in this month's annual UN climate change conference.
episode lasts just a few minutes and is shown
on the hour each hour. Next week, it's about the
environmental implications of the more than 3
million tonnes (worth about $5.3 billion) of food
that Australians throw out each year.
and the environment
Media Man Australia is delighted to have met and
conducted and off the record interview with Jon