State of the World (book series)

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The State of the World (SoW) is a series of books published annually since 1984 by the Worldwatch Institute. The series attempts to identify the planet's most significant environmental challenges.

As of 2014 Worldwatch has published over the past five years:

  • SoW 2010: Transforming Cultures: From Consumerism to Sustainability
  • SoW 2011: Innovations that Nourish the Planet,
  • SoW 2012: Moving Toward Sustainable Prosperity,
  • SoW 2013: Is Sustainability Still Possible?, and
  • SoW 2014: Governing for Sustainability.

The 2010 edition discusses different ways of changing current cultures such that it feels as natural to live sustainably as living as a consumer feels today. The 2011 edition looks at the global food crisis and surrounding environmental and social problems, with a particular emphasis on global innovations that can help solve that worldwide problem. The 2012 edition showcases innovative projects, creative policies, and fresh approaches that are advancing sustainable development in the twenty-first century. The 2013 edition defines the term, assesses attempts to cultivate, and tackles questions surrounding sustainability. Directors of the past five editions (in chronological order) were Erik Assadourian; Brian Halweil and Danielle Nierenberg, co-founder of Food Tank: The Food Think Tank; Assadourian and Michael Renner; and Assadourian and Tom Prugh; and Prugh and Renner. Notable authors of the past 5 editions include Annie Leonard from The Story of Stuff Project, David W. Orr, and Robert Engelman.


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