Worldwatch Institute

Worldwatch Institute

The Worldwatch Institute is a globally-focused environmental research organization based in Washington, D.C. Worldwatch was named as one of the top ten sustainable development research organizations by Globescan Survey of Sustainability Experts. [ [ Globescan Survey of Sustainability Experts] ]


Worldwatch Institute develops and disseminates data, analysis, and strategies to create an environmentally sustainable society that meets human needs and confronts the 21st century challenges of climate change, resource degradation, population growth, and poverty.

Worldwatch’s priority programs include:
Building a Low-Carbon Energy System that dramatically reduces the use of fossil fuels and lowers greenhouse gas emissions.
Creating a Healthy Future for Agriculture that provides a healthy, nutritious diet for all while sustaining the land, water, and biological resources on which life depends.
Developing a Sustainable Global Economy that meets human needs, promotes prosperity, and is in harmony with nature.

Worldwatch also monitors human health, population, water resources, biodiversity, governance, and environmental security. [ [ Worldwatch Programs] ]


  • 1974 -- The institute was founded by Lester Brown. [ [ About Worldwatch] ]
  • 1975 -- The first "Worldwatch Paper" was published.
  • 1984 –- First State of the World published. [ [ State of the World] ]
  • 1988 -- "World Watch Magazine" was launched.
  • 1992 -- "Vital Signs", Worldwatch's third annual series, was premiered.
  • 2000 -- Christopher Flavin became President of Worldwatch in October.
  • 2008 -- Worldwatch hosted the 20th Anniversary of the James Hansen hearings.


Worldwatch Institute publications have been published in more than three dozen languages by its global partners in 40 countries. [ [ Worldwatch Publications] ] Worldwatch publications include:

  • The State of the World report is an annual assessment of urgent global environmental problems and the innovative ideas proposed and applied across the globe to address them.
    • State of the World 2008: Innovations for a Sustainable Economy
    • State of the World 2007: Our Urban Future
    • State of the World 2006: China and India
    • State of the World 2005: Redefining Global Security
    • State of the World 2004: The Consumer Society
  • Vital Signs tracks social, environmental and economic trends and publishes data and analysis.
  • World Watch Magazine
  • Inspiring Progress: Religion’s Contributions to Sustainable Development
  • Eat Here: Defending Homegrown Pleasures in a Global Supermarket
  • American Energy Report
  • Global Progress on Sustainable Biofuels
  • Powering China’s Development: The Role of Renewable Energy
  • Oceans in Peril: Protecting Marine Biodiversity
  • Winged Messengers: The Decline of Birds
  • Financing the Earth
  • Beyond Disasters: Creating Opportunities for Peace
  • Venture Capitalism for a Tropical Forest: Cocoa in the Mata Atlantica
  • Sustainable Aquaculture
  • Catch of the Day: Choosing Seafood for Healthier Oceans
  • Happier Meals: Rethinking the Global Meat Industry
  • Liquid Assets: The Critical Need to Safeguard Freshwater Ecosystems

Current Researchers and Fellows

Erik Assadourian, Christopher Bright, Zoe Chafe, Ambika Chawla, Amanda Chiu, Robert Engelman, Hilary French, Gary Gardner, Brian Halweil, Yingling Lui, Mia MacDonald, Eric Martinot, Alice McKeown, Danielle Nierenberg, Sandra Postel, Michael Renner, Payal Sampat, Janet Sawin, Molly O'meara Sheehan, and Victor Vovk.

ee also

*Lester R. Brown, founder of Worldwatch Institute
*Ed Ayres, former editor of "Worldwatch"
*Sustainable Development
*Environmental Movement
*List of environmental organizations


External links

* [ Worldwatch Institute]
* [ Worldwatch Brazil]
* [ Worldwatch Japan]
* [ Work on biofuels] and [ Renewables 2007 Global Status Report]

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