About

Eduardo has spent almost 30 years reporting and campaigning on the big issues – climate change, wildlife and forest conservation, the nuclear arms race, and animal cruelty, to name but a few.

He was CEO at the League Against Cruel Sports (where the Daily Mail described him as ”Britain’s most prominent anti-hunting activist”) during which time he led the campaign to stop the Conservative government from bringing back hunting. He also succeeded in getting the government to increase animal abuse sentences to up to 5 years in prison.

He was International Communications Director at The Climate Group in the run-up to and during the Paris Climate Summit. The Climate Group was deemed to be one of the most influential actors in the climate process because of its innovative communications and its work with partners in bringing a mass coalition of over 1 million businesses and state and regional governments in support of an ambitious deal.

Prior to this he spent several years with WWF International on forest conservation and sustainability. He is an expert on cork forests, and coordinated WWF’s global “One Planet Living” initiative. He is author of The WWF Pocket Book of One Planet Living, and developed the first global footprint calculator for consumers.

He founded SOS Lynx, a campaign to alert conservation groups and the public to the fact that Europe’s only endemic big cat – the Iberian Lynx – was now the world’s most endangered big cat. At one point there were fewer than 100 members of the species left. With no animals in captivity to breed from, the lynx faced the imminent prospect of becoming the first cat to go extinct since the sabre-tooth tiger in prehistoric times. Despite death threats, the campaign was a success. There are now 11 breeding centres in operation and the wild population has recovered to 600. With Siobhan Mitchell, he co-wrote “The Algarve Tiger” which threw light on the secretive feline’s plight. A sequel is currently in the pipeline.

Eduardo has worked within government and inside the world of politics. As a Director at Abu Dhabi’s Environment Agency he led the UAE government’s campaign to win the New 7 Wonders of Nature contest. Despite strong competition from the Amazon, the Great Barrier Reef, Kilimanjaro and 400 other contenders, the UAE’s BuTinah Island came runner-up (to the Amazon) – and won the award for “best campaign”. He has also worked in the UK House of Commons and the US House of Representatives. Worried at the growth of racist abuse aimed at immigrants, he became the first-ever General Election candidate of Portuguese origin to run for Parliament, standing in Rugby where a popular Portuguese restaurant had been recently fire-bombed.

His first “proper” job out of University was as a researcher at BBC Radio 1. He subsequently went on to work on local radio – he produced and presented the first-ever dedicated environmental news slot to be broadcast on UK commercial radio – before working as a journalist with some of Britain’s leading titles, including a stint on the investigative “Insight” team at the Sunday Times. This followed his time with CND, where – as Press & Information Officer – he was not only the organisation’s spokesperson but also researched and published some of the most startling revelations about the nuclear age. This included the cover-up of an accident involving a nuclear bomber at Greenham Common (which forced the government to release a report of radioactive contamination in the local community it had kept secret for 40 years) and – perhaps more shocking still – details of Britain’s secret programme of radiation experiments on human guinea pigs. He is co-author of Blueprint for a Nuclear Weapon-Free World and The Campus Connection, which revealed widespread military research going on in British universities.

When his son, aged just 8, was diagnosed with kidney failure and in need of a transplant, the two of them found themselves running a nationwide campaign to increase organ donor registration which won the support of the then Prime Minister David Cameron and dozens of politicians of all parties. During his son’s dialysis sessions, Eduardo would study to become an Animal Assisted Therapist, and is now one of Britain’s few qualified specialists in this field. Eduardo was a compatible donor, and after a successful transplant the charity ‘Kidney Kids’ was born to provide a support network to other children and families fighting kidney disease. The year after the transplant, Eduardo and his son both won gold at the British Transplant Games held at the famous Gateshead Stadium.

In 2017, Eduardo was diagnosed with a rare neurological immune disease. Forced to give up his role as CEO at the League Against Cruel Sports, he has been able to return to his passion with Green Future News: investigating and reporting on all the issues that matter and which receive relatively scant attention from the so-called mainstream media. He is also able to devote more time to the family farm – an organic smallholding in Portugal producing cork and olives, and around which they’ve bought land to create a wildlife sanctuary that today hosts a thriving population of otters, genets, Egyptian mongoose, beech martens and wild boar.

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