World Land Trust co-founder receives Honorary Doctorate

Oct 24 2012 9:00AM

John Burton, co-founder of the non-profit environmental organisation World Land Trust, was honoured with an Honorary Doctorate from UCS during yesterdays Graduation Ceremony held at the Ipswich Town Hall and Corn Exchange.

John Burton has been bestowed with the honour for his work across many high profile international environmental organisations for the last 30 years including Friends of the Earth and as chief executive of Fauna and Flora International.

Addressing UCS School of Science, Technology and Health graduands and their guests, he emphasised the importance of doing something that you can believe in.

“It would often be very easy to give up,” he explained, “but while what the World Land Trust do could be seen to be small, I do believe that it is worth doing something. If you do something you can believe in, together we can all make a difference.”

UCS will recognise six other extraordinary individuals for achievements within their field during this week’s Graduation Ceremonies in which hundreds of UCS students will graduate, including Liz Calder founding director of Bloomsbury Publishing where she launched the Harry Potter series and Britain’s former number 1 female tennis player Elena Baltacha.