Jon Dee

Jon Dee is one of Australia’s most influential figures on environmental issues. He was the 2010 NSW ‘Australian of the Year’ and is the Founder and Managing Director of the Australian advocacy organization “Do Something!”.

Jon initiated the lobbying campaign that led to Australia’s 3 year phase out of incandescent globes and has been the driving force behind the campaigns to ban plastic bags and phosphates in cleaning products. As an author, Jon’s ‘SustainableGrowth’ book has become the definitive sustainability guidebook for Australian business. Since 2010 it has shifted 80,000 copies.

Together with Pat Cash, Jon founded Planet Ark, an organization that he headed upfor 15 years. Together with Olivia Newton-John he also founded National Tree Day, an event that has planted 16 million trees. He also initiated Do Something Near to promote volunteering in 565 different communities around Australia.

Since 1992, Jon has played a leading role in waste reduction initiatives. He instigated National Recycling Week and He also launched national campaigns to promote the recycling of steel cans, printer cartridges and mobile phones. His campaign to ban plastic bags has helped to bring about a ban on plastic bags in South Australia, the NT, ACT and Tasmania. He has also directed over 50 recycling related TV ads. In 2003, Jon also pulled together Australia’s first national food waste stats. His campaign with Do Something! Aims to reduce the $7.8 billion that Australians spend on food waste every year. In 1989, Jon founded Rock Aid Armenia – a music fundraiser for which he recruited the help of Pink Floyd, Queen, Bon Jovi and other leading rock bands. In recognition of Jon’s ongoing work in the Armenian earthquake zone, in 2009 the President of Armenia awarded Jon ‘The Order of Honor’. This is the highest honor that Armenia can bestow on a foreign citizen. Jon is a prolific public speaker and lives with his family in the Blue Mountains.