Earth Policy Institute

In Brief

2001-2015, Washington; Lester R. Brown director/founder


(2001-2015, Washington;

Lester R. Brown, widely known as the founder and president of the Worldwatch Institute (1974-2000) and author of scores of books and articles, left Worldwatch for a more manageable venue to focus on his “plan to save civilization” through Plan B: Rescuing a Planet Under Stress and a Civilization in Trouble (W.W. Norton, 2003). This led to three updates: Plan B 2.0 (2006), 3.0 (2008), and 4.0 (2009), with a focus on “Mobilizing to Save Civilization.” Recent books by Brown: World on the Edge (2011), Full Planet, Empty Plates: The New Geopolitics of Food Scarcity (2012), and his autobiography, Breaking New Ground: A Personal History (2013).  President: Lester R. Brown plus 5 staff. [Note: Brown’s books are written in a popular style, although well-documented, and translated into 11 languages. His illuminating autobiography describes many publishing contacts worldwide.  At the age of 81, Brown closed his Institute in June 2015.  MM]

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