Article 46: “Lester Brown tells us how to build a more just world and save the planet from climate change in a practical, straightforward way. We should all heed his advice,” says former US president Bill Clinton.
The Washington Post calls Lester Brown “one of the world’s most influential thinkers.” In 1974, with support of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, he founded the Worldwatch Institute – the first research institute devoted to the analysis of global environmental issues – of which he was President for its first 26 years. While there he launched the Worldwatch Papers and the annual State of the World reports. Reading them in the 70s and 80s, I was always pleased to know that at least one institute watched the world as a whole and kept an eye on the state of the world.
In May 2001, he founded the Earth Policy Institute to provide a vision and a road map for achieving an environmentally sustainable economy.
He has authored or co-authored 54 books. One of the world’s most widely published authors, his books have appeared in some 40 languages. He is the recipient of many prizes and awards, including 25 honorary degrees, a MacArthur Fellowship, the 1987 UN Environment Prize, the 1989 World Wide Fund for Nature Gold Medal and the 1994 Blue Planet Prize for his “exceptional contributions to solving global environmental problems.”
On June 30, 2015, at the age of 81, he stepped down from the Earth Policy Institute and closed the Institute. It’s my pleasure to present here an outline of the second part of his program, focussing on the solutions.
You can download a complete summary yourself by visiting Summary Presentation for Plan B 4.0 – Earth Policy Institute.
All credit goes to Lester R. Brown and to the photographers, notably eminent French photographer Yann Arthus-Bertrand. Don’t forget to visit Arthus-Bertrand’s website and watch his movies Home and Human!